AS THE BRIDGE SHAKES

A hammock full of soil is connected with two of the iron arches that constitute part of the foundation of the Hamburger Bahnhof building. A group of young female hip hop dancers occupy the space around the hammock setting a kind of a territory for their ritual. Their presence is strongly manifested through the sonic amplification of their breaths that fill up the space. With slow precise movements the girls pass to one another in a circular mode, a piece of silk fabric on which the image of the Tāq Kasrā bridge of Iraq is printed. The circle of this ritual occasionally breaks as each one of the girls let their explosive energy out and throw themselves into powerful dance momentums. The work is rooted in the story of sacrifice as it is found in the folk Greek myth The Arta Bridge in which the head builder had to build his wife inside the bridge in order for the bridge to not collapse and the myth of Ifigeneia, the daughter of Agamemnon who was meant to be sacrificed in order for Agamemnon ships to sail to Troy. The young girls perform a ritual of Anger, Love and Sorrow for every female soul that was sacrificed in the altar of our brutal History.

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performed by Emilia Soelvsten/ Julia Schunevitsch/ Laura Schöwel/Carmel Köster

 

 

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