BIOMECHANICS OF LAW
Theatrical Event on Workers' Rights
A Meyerhold-inspired performance of the 1938 American communist play Injunction Granted by the Living Newspaper.
RawArt Gallery, the closing day of Noam Toran's solo exhibition, "A Shining Meteor Will Light the Path of the Worker", 7.7.2018.
Adaptation and Direction: Kfir Lapid-Mishal
Dramaturgy: Yuval Zehavi
Actors-creators: Shira Hassid and Arnon Rosenthal
On the production line of the legal apparatus - who exploits who, and who is being exploited?
Between the cogs of the justice machine - who is the operator and who is operated upon?
And in the theatrical factory - who are the workers?
Injunction Granted deals with workers' rights and expresses the immense difficulty in the struggle against power mechanisms.
This theatrical event focused on the court scenes in the play and sought to examine the biomechanics of the various figures in the legal process -the judge, the prosecutor and the defendant. The adaptation emphasised the relationship between body and machine, between acting and work, between the observer and the judge, and between the theatrical stage and the court.
Following extensive joint research of communist plays, American, Russian and Israeli ones, this performance staged the court scenes from Injunction Granted, exploring workers' rights and the immense difficulties in a fight against political power mechanisms. During the performance, the actors created a performative production line for sharpening pencils, with which verdicts depriving workers of their rights were written. This absurdist image sought to examine the biomechanics of the various figures in the legal process – the judge, the prosecutor, and the defendant.