Body of War reflects on how a man becomes a soldier through the relentless repetition of acts of violence. What happens to the psyche as it learns to transgress social principles and integrates the willingness to kill? Set in the geography of the Normandy Landings and punctuated by testimonies of retired and serving soldiers, a mise-en-scène of visceral hand-to-hand combat is gradually deconstructed – inviting the viewer to engage in the relationship between human intimacy and the brutality of war choreography. A poetic observation of the momentary collapse of the heroic, the piece stages the pathos of military strategy by using documented mise-en-scène as a form of discourse as opposed to celebration, in this way Body of War is as much an ode to the human inside the soldier as a questioning of military structures.



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