Against the backdrop of occupied borderlands torn asunder, "the birds that are your hands: how to start a fire under siege" explores disparate yet overlapping tales of tyranny and resistance from Israel/Palestine to the U.S/Mexico border. From stony hills laden with olive trees to the blurry haze of a line in the sand among saguaros; from the bullet riddled corridors of an ancient holy city to a chain gang in a Southwestern U.S. metropolis, a tangled collage of stories unfurl drawing attention to the hands of those enclosed by borders, those making the crossing, and those who capitalize on the construction of walls: wielders of stones, bakers of bread, upholders of state. Shepherds emerge alongside Goliaths' patrol, lovers find themselves to be terrorists, and Ingrid thinks we should all just lay down our arms and play violins. The politically-charged, provocative performance interrogates coercive population control, racialized state violence, and militarized borders. It does this while foregrounding the voices and stories of those deemed "collateral." The birds that are your hands: how to start a fire under siege coos, screeches, and pleads with the dangerous urgency of a world on fire.
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