Over and Under

What is knitting really about? I wanted to get inside and really feel it. I wanted to know what it means to “go through the loop”. I had a wild fantasy about two bodies turning into a pair of knitting needles, coming together and going apart, working a giant ball of wool into a delicate structure of loops. Thus, the body-knitting was born. A performance, a choreography, a continuous play of two bodies, two gazes, two hearts synchronised in one task. Body-knitting – a concept and a dream.

Concept: Alya Hessy. Performers: Alya Hessy, Pavlos Marios Ktoridis.

The work explores knitting as a concept, whereby this heritage craft becomes a model of human relationships. Two entities, working together, create a material. Two human bodies start moving to become knitting needles, the choreography of knitting unfolds into space and materialises into a story of two people collaborating.

Performed at:
● November 21-22, 2015 – Fries Museum, Leeuwarden
● July 1-2, 2016 – Fashionclash Festival, Maastricht
● September 24-25, 2016 – Ambacht in Beeld Festival, Amsterdam
● June 2017 – exhibition “Eigentijds Vervlochten met MIJ, van Gispen tot Hutten en van Abramović tot Blaisse”, Museum IJsselstein, IJsselstein


The work is a part of an intriguing discourse in 
“Knitting after Making: what we do with what we make” 2019 by Jessica Hemmings

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