CALL TO ARMS

2021
Installation & Performance

Smoke, marching, the glint of flares refected on helmets. Shields lock together, crowds scatter and re-form. Escalate, synchronise.





CALL TO ARMS is an immersive artwork by PentHouss that uses dance, sound, light, optical illusion to explore themes of governmental power, control, and social unrest. Informed by the oppressive military dominance that they felt in their native Is- rael, along with the growing ubiquity of violence against civilians by police forces around the world – at Paris’ gilets jaunes pro- tests, global BLM marches, SARS protests in Nigeria, the Hong Kong democracy rallies, and Pro-Palestine solidarity marches
- PentHouss’ Anna Lann and Yonathan Trichter, in collaboration with curator Helen Neven and choreographer Ekin Bernay, use performance to convey a direct experience of political mobilisa- tion, appropriating the tools, movements and uniforms used by systems of power themselves.



An exposé of the theatrics of order enforcement, CALL TO ARMS re ects on the complex relationship between agents of power and the civilians they supposedly protect; on the instru- mentalisation of fear; on the duality of “them” and “us” at street level. Movement is dance; movement is assembly; movement is a call to arms.







Artists - Anna Lann and Yonathan Trichter at PentHouss
Creative partner & curator - Helen Neven
Choreographer - Ekin Bernay in collaboration with PentHouss
Choreography assistant - Yamina Lyara
Original score composition -Anna Lann at PentHouss
VFX & CGI - Ran Bensimon
Performers - Kailon Chery, Gilles Geissbühler, Jevan Howard- Jones, Jonathan “Chino” Martinez, Jonny Vieco, Chaldon Wil- liams
Set design - Lyndon Ogbourne at LSD Studio and PentHouss
Light design - Joshua Harriette and PentHouss
Still photography - Daniel Jackont