D . A . K . I . N . I . studio I
03. February 2019
The planet has been devastated by a cataclysm; women have disappeared and the male oligarchy
in charge creates biocyborgs with feminine features suited to their sexual pleasure and to the
reproduction and generation of male-only fetuses; the mnemonic faculties of these biocyborgs are
annihilated and zeroed and their bodies are dismantled and reassembled every 15 years; the
downloaded data are used to make improvements and create new models suited to the tastes of
the customers and the market surveys. The biocyborgs live deprived of experience and memories.
A latest generation biocyborg has a system bug that allows her to maintain data accumulated
over the previous 15 years. She does not recognize herself in the new body she is given and
begins to ask herself questions. Who I am? What am I?
She wanders through the abandoned suburbs of the cities and often comes across an image she
does not manage to decode. The image torments her, though. She investigates. She finds it again
inside an apartment in the form of a huge drawing on the wall and, after tearing the wall apart,
finds a box with an old terminal computer and a memory chip. It contains testimony: a female
activist philosopher has saved a video message in which she tells about women, from their
appearance to their disappearance, about matriarchal societies, about the Great Goddess,
slavery, the struggles for emancipation, the conquest of rights, the movements of women and
women rallies, feminist theories, women's studies, gender studies, queer theories, sexual policies,
It is an awakening. She furthers her quest. A metamorphosis ensues. She gives herself a name:
She conjures up a plan. She goes back to the production centers and creates a male-looking
alterego to access the headquarters of power and then upload her own bug into other biocyborgs
so that they can develop the same memory she has acquired and block their reproductive
functions. She builds an army of female-allies. They overthrow male power in force and lock up
the last surviving men in protected reserves. Sudden awareness follows. What are we doing, they
ask themselves? Are we repeating their own script? What is to be done?
D.A.K.I.N.I. and her fellow sisters create a new way of moving and interconnecting with the Whole,
through dematerialisation of bodies, a movement of free particles in space and time.
D . A . K . I . N . I . studio I
Performers: Federica Guarragi, Isadora Pei, Teresa Ruggeri, Camilla Soave (IT)
Direction: Isadora Pei
Dramaturgy: Emanuele Policante (IT)
Music composer: Carlo Valsesia (IT)
Organisation: Selene D’Agostino - Sara Giorla (IT)
1st NTL INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL AND MEETING
30 January - 4 February 2019
at Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark
Since the 1990s Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium/Odin Teatret has hosted and been responsible for various international theatre festivals amongst which the recurrent Odin Week Festival (presenting the different aspects of Odin Teatret’s work), Transit Festival (dedicated to the work of women in theatre), the Holstebro Festuge (involving the local community). From the 30th of January to the 4th of February 2019 the first NTL Theatre Festival and Meeting will be held at Odin Teatret, with workshops, work demonstrations, work-in-progress, performances and a symposium. The NTL Festival will present the work of some of the artists and groups that make up the autonomous and connected constellation of NTL long-time residents and co-productions.