You lie on your side.
You pull up your legs.
You curl up like a shell and shut your eyes tight.
A shot, the sound of a window breaking.
You hear your father choking in pain.
The quiet voice of your brother, more shots.
And then a terrifying silence.
In the course of a pitiless act of revenge in a night of frenzy, a girl and a boy exchange a single glance. A brief moment, almost like love at first sight. Unwittingly, and without a word being spoken, they are henceforth forever bound to each other.
Without Blood is about the consequences of war, and the solidarity between perpetrator and victim.
What comes after the suffering? How can you avoid being maddened by the hunger for revenge?
Focus Knack wrote about this performance: “Without Blood feels like being underground, beneath a trapdoor, far from the world of hostility and bloodshed, and watching an encounter that is rooted in horror and sadness, but in which danger and hostility slowly melt away until only respect, intimacy and love remain. The explosive percussion gives way to high-pitched singing.” – (20/04/2016)
Pictures (c) Koen Broos