Cosmos the beach
“Cosmos The Beach” is a license and a permission to produce on the premise of happiness, desire, care, fantasy and curiosity. It detects what’s already there to create links between things in order to build a vast network of interests.
Without forcing or directing events it strives to follow the contingency of existence. In some way it’s a wish to sustain a state of not knowing, following the traces and clues. A bit like driving in the dark, with the road constantly unfolding. You don’t know what’s coming until you are there but you know that you are on your way to something.
“Cosmos The Beach” is a constant state of receptiveness and openness. By asking ourselves: what’s already there? What does it do and what can it be? Can we imagine a nonlinear time where the past, present and future exist simultaneously, which means that “Cosmos the Beach” as a performance/artwork already exists and our job is to serve the piece, to make it emerge, to fulfill its wishes and let it fulfill ours. The artwork needs us as agents to manifest and realize it and we need the artwork to enter the unknown, to exit the symbolic order, to go outside of language. “Cosmos The Beach” is a piece that informs us rather than being our vision executed. It’s a piece that writes itself.
It can also be compared to a machine, which invests in knowledge, technologies of the self, soft practices and choreography, soft discourse and criticality. Soft not as vague but as expansive, inclusive and receptive. “Cosmos The Beach” is everywhere and impossible to locate but it has something to do with intimacy, nature and artifice, becoming, witch craft, togetherness, exchange of knowledge, dance routines and smoke. We don’t know where it will end and we won’t stop until something happens.
This is our fantasy; fantasy as an object as real as anything else, with the same ontological value as a palm tree, your sister or summer.
- About Linda Blomqvist
Linda Blomqvist born in Stockholm, 1985 is a choreographer and dancer currently based between Brussels and Stockholm. Her work aims to expand the notion of choreography with a focus on alternative modes of production, process and practice from a speculative viewpoint taking various forms and expressions.
Linda studied dance at The Royal Swedish Ballet School 1995-2004 and at P.A.R.T.S 2008-2010. She has been active as a performer in various productions and is touring extensively internationally. In 2012 she joined Rosas where she is now performing in “Drumming”, “Rosas Danst Rosas” and the latest creation “Golden Hours (As you Like it)”. Since 2013 she has been working and touring with Mårten Spångberg performing in “The Nature”, “Epic”, “La Substance – but in English”, and “The Nature FR”.
In 2012 she got invited to participate in the cross-cultural European network TRYANGLE in Montemor where she presented “The Power of Horror”. Her work “Lucha Libre” and “Circle Lux 9” has been presented at MDT, Stockholm, Small Projects, Tromsö, PAF Performing Arts Forum, St Erme and RPS Rosas Performance Space in Brussels. Linda initiated Indigo Dance together with Emma Daniel, Anna Gaiotti and Adriano Wilfert Jensen on an invite to curate the “Dance week” at PAF during the Summer University 2014. Indigo Dance is a situation based – liquefied shapeshifter that has so far been a workshop, a festival and a tumblr, which aims to find alternative modes of knowledge and art exchange implying peers teaching peers in the name of curiosity, fresh undefined ideas and territory, experimentation and realization of concepts. Linda is also a co-founder of the interdisciplinary artist collective Rhododdendron. Their video installation work has been exhibited in several venues in Europe.
- About Madeleine Lindh
Madeleine Lindh, born in 1985, lives and works in Stockholm. She works next to/ alongside/ through/ side by side with choreography, dance, film and text.
She is educated at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. After dancing in Europa Danse youth company performing in pieces by Mats Ek, Hans van Manen, Jiri Kylian, and Nacho Duato, she joined the apprenticeship program D.A.N.C.E (Dance Apprentice Network aCross Europe) under the direction of William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Angelin Preljocaj and Frédéric Flamand, in 2005. Since returning to Sweden in 2008 she has mainly been working with Cristina Caprioli and Björn Säfsten. Madeleine is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary artist collective Rhododdendron. This fall, apart from sharing the magic in “Cosmos The Beach”, she is working with Cristina Caprioli and Anja Arnquist with the project “Here, here and here here and here, here here here and here, here”.
- About Sandra Lolax
Sandra Lolax (FI/SE) works with choreography and movement practices, alone and with others, since 2007. Her artistic workings revolve around bodily matters, with an interest of expanding her understanding of what a body could do, and what a ”good”/healthy body is. The solos And I’m ready for action (2011) and Action (2013) are examples of those interests. During 2015 Sandra performs the works “The Internet” and “La Substance but in English” by Mårten Spångberg. During summer 2015 collaborates with Stav Yeini at Ehkä productions in Turku, Finland. Sandra works/previously worked as a dancer with choreographers such as Maya M. Carroll (nee Lipsker) Rebecka Stillman, Litó Walkey, Anne-Mareike Hess, Deborah Hay and Miriam Horwitz.
With and by: Linda Blomqvist, Madeleine Lindh and Sandra Lolax. Supported by Kulturrådet and Stockholm Stad. This presentation is part of the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, which is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission.
- SPECIAL OFFER on the 17th
See both festival:display at The Royal Opera and Linda Blomqvist at MDT on the same evening! Just show your ticket from the festival opening evening at the door and get your ticket for “Cosmos The Beach” for 50SEK (full price 180SEK).
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