The graduate performance "Dhanu" (2005) is solo inspired by women who blew herself up at an election rally in Sriperumbuduru, Shri Lanka in 1991, Dhanu. The attack killed 70 people and the Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. The performance doesn’t represent her spectacular suicide attack. It focuses instead on the issues of training and preparation, the very process in which an artist/terrorist attempts to abandon all interests of her own, leaving behind her affairs, her feelings, attachments, belongings, even her own name. For that reason, I decide to depersonalize the movement and to create an imaginary “terrorist” training: I randomly choose dance sequences from works created and performed by female artist in different contexts whose energy of the performing could be an energy of the potentional “women-bomb”. What’s the most potent performer’s weapon? Is it the body or the brain, or – eventually “the heart”?
The performance is the combination of video and live action. The projected text "Woman bomb" interprets/narrativizes/deconstructs and manipulates dance samples. The audio recording of Helicopter String Quartet by Karlheinz Stockhauzen is being used as a soundscape.
Place/venue: Hetveem theatre, ITs Festival