Helga Guren & Martin Lervik will be working on their new piece “Men on the Moon”.
Although not a prolific genre by Hollywood standards, pre-perestroika Russian sci-fi offers a fascinating body of films – a fantastic voyage from early constructivist epics to post-apocalyptic dystopias, taking in prophetic moon explorations, space-race propaganda, atomic war allegories and existential art cinema. An ideologically charged genre, Soviet sci-fi can be read as charting the rise and fall of communism behind the iron curtain, with the wide-eyed optimism of space fantasies made in the early years giving way to damning post-Chernobyl nuclear nightmares as the Soviet bloc crumbled from within.
With “Men on the Moon” Guren & Lervik tries to make sci-fi propaganda-choreography, where Russian science-fiction connects with Norwegian embodiment. This is not communist-propaganda, it is dance-propaganda. We would like to find out how a science-fiction body can be expressed. How modified/mutated bodies move in a distant future, on another planet. How do they functions, how do they travel, how do they detach themself from spaces and from particular forms of belonging?
Imagine a group of “science fictional” characters wondering around unsettled, crossing boarders, spaces, environments and situations in order to find out what their bodies can become in terms of movements, sensations, speeds, intensities, qualities, rhythms and pulsations.
We want to dance Russian science fiction.
We want to embody science fiction.
About artists’ residency.
- About Martin Lervik
Martin Lervik is educated dancer from Bårdar-Academy Trondheim and Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Norway. He has worked as a performer for various companies in Norway; Hooman Sharifi/Impure Company, Moving art Bodø, Verdal dance-company, Hege Haagenrud, Sidney Léoni (Fr/S) and Fiksdal/Lie. Lervik also did a solo in 2009 that premiered in Helsinki choreographed by Heidi Masalin.
- About Helga Guren
Helga Guren is educated actress from Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Norway, Esper Studio New York and Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts in Sweden. Guren has worked as an actress for various theatres in Norway, with choreographers like Jo Strømgren and Ida Wigdel. She has also performed in international performances at MDT, Weld and Impulstanz. Her background from music and gymnastic leads to work also as musician and dancer. Guren is now in the ensemble of Rogaland Teater in Stavanger/Norway.