Body Ko Theatre’s “Reassembled” is an engaging piece of dramatic performance and was featured as part of ‘View from a Bridge‘ at the Cambridge Junction, 1st April 2015.
The narrative of the performance is difficult to describe. The opening scene showed three heads concealed by hair, one above the other as a kind of totem pole. Arms emerged out of the hairy totem pole, and began to shuffle the hair. Chaotic sounds vibrantly accompanied the movement of the hands, giggles and cackles, screams and sighs. As a spectator I saw something unique, original, even brilliant. I was absorbed, disturbed, confused and uncertain. Much like the parts on the stage.
The stage was subsequently filled with different kinds of parts, faces with no bodies, hair with no head, legs with no torsos. Parts detached from other parts, chaotically distributed, bodies merged into each other in various ways. On the one hand, this created distressing forms with no inner coherence, on the other, there was an attraction by the parts to make sense of each other in the best ways they could. The parts sought each other out, longed for each other. Terror and bliss, terror and bliss, terror and bliss sequenced each other as soothing and traumatic forms.
As I watched the performance I felt the distress and confusion, parts never able to make up a whole. There were many ways for me to make sense of the parts, trauma, violence, but I reflected on the art another way. What better analogy for this than Facebook. What happens inside a Facebook? A person may begin as a whole, but once plugged in, can only engage in the digital universe is a disintegrating way. A person becomes a series of detached parts. Fragmented in form, dissociated. In Facebook, “users” carve up parts of themselves (a picture, a thought, a feeling) and take other parts from other places (a news story, a youtube clip, a soundtrack) and send it out in this sphere to meet with other fragmented parts of other persons. The whole person who lives in the here and now, but is dissolved in the social network. “Reassembled” offered many reflections, but for me captured a life lived on Facebook, as what it is, an abattoir of the social.
Body Ko Theatre also organise movement and performance workshops, details can be found here.