two-women-machine-show & Jonathan Bonnici


The premiere is sold out. If you wish to attend the performance one of the other days Sep 25-30 you just buy a ticket for Charlottenborg Kunsthal at the entrance.

New choreographic work by the acclaimed duo two-women-machine-show and Jonathan Bonnici.

On a mirrored floor, five international performers explore the capacity of the imagination. By focusing all their sensing capacities on their surroundings, both concrete and abstract, they allow the space to express itself through their bodies.

ALITY comes from an enduring question about the possibilities of subversion/utopia. The artists choose to work in the realm of possibles from which concrete instances come into being. The piece is an experiment in indeterminacy, thin images that appear unbidden and glide between the lines of common readability offering spaces for the imagination to exercise.

The bodies are on par with the space as a material available for negotiation. The possibility is for all present elements to offer their energetic subtexts. The performers do not compose, they practice, and in the eschewal of a rationalist determination, new longed for sensations and spaces appear. There is no fiction, no predefined images. Not unlike the experience of staring into the tarot or a kaleidoscope. ALITY is a space of spaces that unfolds the more it is attended to.

During the three-hour duration of the work, the audiences are invited to move freely in the space, find a place to settle down or come and go at their own pace.

At Charlottenborg is offered a version of ALITY which is particular to the given space and the bodies present.

The team behind ALITY
In 2015 the Danish duo two-women-machine-show began their collaboration with British actor Jonathan Bonnici. They belong to a group of choreographers that are opening new avenues in dance by working innovatively with the live encounter rather than prefabricated material.

two-women-machine-show and Jonathan Bonnici see choreography as a means to process different relational spheres, thereby revealing new territories of expression. They regard the performer as a channeling body, through which information is processed and language is used as a connecting tissue between the space and those present.

Together they premiered the work TRANS- at Bora Bora’s platform New Nordic Dances in 2015. TRANS- has been shown in Denmark, Hungary and Norway and was selected for Berliner Festspiele’s Stückemarkt programme. This year TRANS- is included in the exhibition Welt Ohne Aussen curated by Tino Sehgal and Thomas Oberender at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

Their new work ALITY features South Korean artist Yujin Kim, British composer S. Rieser and the Danish architect and textile artist Lea Paulsen. Especially for this edition of the work the team will be joined by British co-performer Emilia Gasiorek.

Concept, choreography & staging / Jonathan Bonnici, Marie-Louise Stentebjerg, Ida-Elisabeth Larsen
Performers / Jonathan Bonnici, Ida-Elisabeth Larsen, Yu Jin Kim, Emilia Gasiorek
Sound / S. Rieser
Space, textile & costume / Lea Paulsen
Graphic design / Sam Moore
Choreographic assistant / Amalie Bergstein Nielsen
Voice consultant / Emma Bonnici
Channeling consultant / Sunniva Høgsberg
Light consultant / Jesper Møller
Administration / Projektcentret

In residency / Laboratoriescenen at Dansehallerne, Dansearena Nord, PACT Zollverein

Co-production / Dansehallerne, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Theatre Academy – University of the Arts Helsinki

Support / The Danish Arts Foundation, Knud Højgaards Fond, Beckettfonden, Oticon Fonden, Københavns Kommunes Scenekunstudvalg, Carcel

Thank you / Simo Kellokumpu, Tuija Kokkonen, Anders Paulin, Paula Caspao, Alaknanda Samarth, Nina Numminen, Pia Stentebjerg, Bernhard Larsen and René Kruse


September 27th / 6.30 – 8 pm
Choreography as reading practice

TALK / Simo Kellokumpu (FI)
In continuation of the performance ALITY there will be a talk about the work with the Finnish choreographer and doctoral candidate Simo Kellokumpu.The title of the talk refers to the etymological and artistic history of choreography, which defines choreography as writing practice. By considering the reciprocal nature of writing and reading in the realm of choreographic art, the presentation introduces the choreographic potential of reading as a way to examine movements that set conditions for the choreographic to emerge
The talk will be in English and take place after the performance of ALITY September 27th at Charlottenborg Art Cinema.
More info here

Duration: Durational piece - 3 hours

When / 24 Sep 6-9 pm / 25 Sep 3-6 pm / 26 Sep 5-8 pm / 27 Sep 3-6 pm / 28-30 Sep 1-4 pm

Where / Kunsthal Charlotternborg, Nyhavn 2, Cph K