Of All Its Parts
In Of All Its Parts: From Darkness the duo two-women-machine-show conclude their episodic journey into the unknown depths of a shared imagination. The work reveals a timeless and transformative figure, whose dance is a ceaseless flux between someone and other, between ancient times and flickering futures.
The transformative figure traditionally belongs to an age of myth, a period in which metamorphosis was the common gift of all creatures and constantly practiced to allow dynamic movement in times of stagnation or crises.
From Darkness is an attempt at expanding the possible dimensions of this ‘dancing figure’, the choreographic thinking considers any moment that opens up between the embodied sensation of the performer and the surrounding space as a possible occasion for movement to occur. What becomes possible in this space is a dive into the unknown depths of darkness—invoking and unblocking voices, spaces and stories that appear in a timely moment to gently make their demand.
- About two-woman-machine-show
We are Marie-Louise Stentebjerg and Ida-Elisabeth Larsen – both Danish choreographers educated abroad, but now based in Copenhagen. We established the duo two-women-machine-show back in 2011. Although we are consistently involved in other projects too the duo constellation functions as the focal point for our choreographic thinking. As a result we have developed a series of works that are informally in dialogue with each other, but formally presented as independent pieces. The works might appear as aesthetically very different objects, but hidden under the spectacular surfaces of presentation is a constant, critical evaluation of what has manifested for an audience along with its inherent demands for subversion. Once a work is done it has also managed to compress and exhibit a certain system of meaning, which can be seen as a certain system of power. As it goes with all systems of power they also hold an undercurrent of important problems that long and yearn for amplification. Being sensitive to this type of reality forms the dynamics of the working environment that we host together – actively establishing and subverting systems (be they choreographic, found, political, aesthetic or otherwise) that appear from within the artistic practice itself.
Concept, Choreography and Performance: two-women-machine-show. Design: KASPERSOPHIE. Sound: S. Rieser. Light: David Nicolas Abad. Director of Communication: Jeffrey Scott Stratton. Graphic Designer: Sam Moore. Production Manager: Gry Raaby. Administration: Projektcentret. In Residency: CORPUS / Royal Danish Theatre, Aaben Dans, MARC (Milvus Artistic Research Center, MDT. Co-production: Dansehallerne, MDT. Support: The Danish Arts Council, Bikubenfonden, Wilhelm Hansen Fonden, Københavns Kommunes Scenekunstudvalg, Knud Højgaards Fond