My flesh is in tension, and I eat it

SIC space. Helsinki. 2020
Kutomo. Turku. 2021

“Little tentacles tickle me, I stare at the musty red mass of clouds as thousands of lovers worm in my body. Eat me, drink me. I’m being decomposed alive, nutrients release in the soil. I’m a bottom for you all. ”

My flesh is in tension, and I eat it is a performance about a bodily transformation that happens in a polyamorous and polysexual symbiosis with a swamp.

The swamp decomposes and preserves bodies. The swamp is a place, where an ecosystem turns into something else and where bodies integrate and transform under each other’s influence.

The performance is euphoric body horror. It talks about a desire to reshape together with the dirt, to decompose and to transform into a carbon vortex for the Earth.

Length: approximately 1 hour
Language: Finnish (a little bit of English)

Working group:
Text and performance: Teo Ala-Ruona
Dramaturgy: Ami Karvonen & Even Minn
Sound design: Satu Kankkonen
Costume design and scenography: Alvi Haapamäki
Mask: Teo Ala-Ruona & Alvi Haapamäki

Vocal coaching: Sara Strömmer
Videos: Teo Ala-Ruona & Venla Helenius
Photo: Nova Kaspia
Production: Ehkä-production, SIC-gallery and curator Saara Hannus
Help with the lights: Ilmari Paananen