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MASKINA a performance written and directed by Firenza Guidi for Reykjavik Art Museum, ICELAND

In collaboration with Lab Loki the Arts School Reykjavik (Listaháskóli íslands) School of Architecture (ÍSARK, íslenski Arkitektaskólinn)

Performances: October 24 & 25
Venue: site-specific REYKJAVIK ART MUSEUM

MASKINA, is part of the season of work The Machine - when is a man/woman free? The theme for this specific performance was suggested by our Icelandic collaborators. It looks at a particular aspect of WW2 Iceland called "The Situation", describing the criminalisation of Icelandic young women dating American and British soldiers. In itself, this is not a phenomenon peculiar to Iceland. What makes "The Situation" in Iceland more special is that there were 20,000 American soldiers posted there in early 1940s with an entire population of 120,000 in the whole of Iceland, 38,000 of which in Reykjavik alone. The presence of 20,000 foreign males in such a small place was overwhelming and represented a huge threat to the preservation of Icelandic national identity. Young girls were tried, prosecuted and imprisoned for real or alleged sexual relationships with foreign troops.

Juvenile prisons were instituted for these offences and foreign love-spotting became a government witch-hunt. Flogging and branding and shaving heads were recommended punishment for this misconduct.

PERFORMANCE VENUE: The piece will created for and performed in a section of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Reykjavik. If one wanted to visualise the space see pic attached or go to, visit the "Hafnarhus" (Harbour House) and you will see that our space is called "portið" (outdoor yard) and is in the middle of the building.

REHEARSAL/WORKSHOP SPACE: we will be working at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, working with performance students and professionals performers/visual artists.

ELAN Team travelling to Iceland will be the same as for India: Dylan Williams, Giusi Bisantino (pianist, composer), David Murray, Firenza Guidi

Contact for appeal:

FAO David Murray
17, Douglas Buildings
Royal Stuart Lane
CF10 5EL
Tel: 029 20190077
Elan Wales  
web site
Firenza Guidi
Wednesday, October 01, 2003back



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