Body as a Weapon (48 mins) is a dance and multimedia solo inspired by grand parades called “Spartakiada” practiced in Czechoslovakia in the times of Socialism. These parades united thousands of people synchronized in unison choreography, demonstrating the idea of peace and community on one hand, political power on the other. This solo performance of athletic and rhythmic action examines the cultural and historical context of Eastern European socialist propaganda and highlights the use of female body as a tool for political domination. Sandra (the dancer) appears on stage as one of many, as a woman participating in the Spartakiada parade, torn between the feelings of pride and frustration.
Intense performance of precision, repetition and vulnerability serves as an intimate physical confession expressed through movement manipulation, text and video.
Credits: Choreography and performance: Sandra Kramerová
Multimedia: Álvaro Congosto
Dramaturgy: Freek Duinhof
Music: Denisa Uherová
Lighting Design & special effects: Boaz van den Ban
Made possible by: Gemeente Schiedam, Theater aan de Schie, Fonds Podiumkunsten