“Monster Body” is raw and exposed, utilizing the subtlety and physicality of dancing body to broaden the representation of the female body in our society. it explores a political imagination with themes of life and death, dreams, songs, consumerism and more.
Drawing from strong and haunting connections between local and global images that shape female identity in contemporary culture, “Monster Body” ultimately exposes the monster that lies in the space between the dancers and the audience. “Monster Body” invites the audience to create their own thoughts and feelings about these relationships and to rethink the boundaries between life and art, refreshing the way we see the world and the people in it.
“Monster Body” was originally presented at the Next Wave Festival in May 2012 in partnership Dancehouse Melbourne.The project has been developed and supported through Next Wave Kickstart Program, Dancehouse, Arts Victoria. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
(Concept: Atlanta Eke. Choreography and performance: Atlanta Eke & Emma Kim Hagdahl. Assistant: Yoann Durant. Monster Body dancers: Ofelia Jarl Ortega, Emma Tolander, Hanna Strandberg)
Attention: this performance contains nudity and scenes that may offend some viewers.
- Deep Terra
“Deep Terra” is a fierce and united dance of generosity. A dance as an imaginative force of production, where imagination can happen collectively, where we can work together to create different kinds of futures.
Drawing on influences from sculptor Louise Bourgeois this performance is experimenting with the destruction of shifting landscapes, imaginary and real. The performance is both delicate and open yet specific; together the two performers sculpt; building and demolishing landscapes, a live transformation of objects and bodies in space. This paradoxical environment of progression and destruction is the dance of scrutiny on a mass level unfurling like a hallucinogenic daydream.
“’Deep Terra’ is dance to music only we can hear, we carefully combine our urine in precious glass vases. There is a darkness and we invite the audience to imagine. This is a performance of two dancing bodies together yet independent of one another.”
(Choreography and performance: Atlanta Eke & Emma Kim Hagdahl. Sound: Yoann Durant. Design: Tim Birnie)
- About Atlanta Eke
Atlanta Eke (AUS), artist, dancer and choreographer, educated at Deakin University Melbourne. Since 2003 Eke has been a performer and creator presenting her experimental work through out Australia and Europe in a variety of formats. She has worked with artists such as Xavier Le Roy, Deborah Hay, Mårten Spångberg, Sidney Leoni, Jan Ritsema, Ros Warby, Lucy Guerin among others. Eke has lectured at Deakin University and is a board member of Dancehouse. In 2012 she was Dancehouse Research Housemate resident and is an Australian Council for the Arts 2012 ArtStart Grant recipient.
- About Emma Kim Hagdahl
Emma Kim Hagdahl, artist, dancer and choreographer. After studies at Laban in London and ex.e.r.ce in Montpellier she moved back to Sweden and got her degree at DOCH 2009. In 2008 she did DanceWeb and in 2009 she participated in PRISMA Forum in Mexico City and Oaxaca. Hagdahl has been involved in several collaborative projects focused on discourse production within the field of choreography such as The Swedish Dance History and the guerrilla newspaper production The Inpex parallel to ImPulsTanz in 2009. She has been working, as performer and collaborator, together with artists such as Mårten Spångberg, Christine de Smedt, Jan Ritsema, Maria Hassabi, Xavier Le Roy, Tea Tupajic, Krööt Juurak, Juli Reinartz among others.