Dance to Dance to
Inspired by the Mexican choreographer Esmeralda Vasquez, Ludvig Daae has created a dance performance that questions the concepts “innovation” and “high culture”. With the help from three dancers, he re-imagines Vasquez’ classic piece Dance to Dance to and transforms it into a contemporary dance performance, as relevant today as it was when it premiered in 1783.
The original Dance to Dance to was left uncompleted when Vasquez died. However, the unfinished piece was presented in her honor. It was an instant success, undoubtedly helped by the rumors surrounding Esmeraldas death and her original plan for the completion of the piece. Today it is considered to be one of the most iconic dance performances of all time. The idea of the unfinished masterpiece interested Daae, and became the starting point for his research.
Ludvig and his team honor the original disco dance elements in Vasquez’ Dance to Dance to, but juxtapose it with their own interpretation of what this classic performance would look and sound like, had it been created today.
- 25 February
“Dance to Dance to” tickets are also valid as entrance to Bojana Cvejić talk “Aesthetic Individuals Perform in Sensual Capitalism” on February 25th at 18:00. Read more here: http://mdtsthlm.se/program/2532/
After the performance of “Dance to Dance to” the 25th there will be a talk with Ludvig Daae about his work with piece.
- About Ludvig Daae
Ludvig Daae is a Norwegian choreographer and dancer based in Stockholm. After completing his dance education at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and P.A.R.T.S, he has worked with Deborah Hay (USA), Company Thor (BE), Mårten Spångberg (SE), and produced his own performances. Ludvig’s own works have been presented at Spielart Festival (DE), MDT (SE), Vooruit (BE), Oslo Opera House (NO), The Place (UK), Dansens Hus (SE), Moderna Museet (SE), Rencontres chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (FR), Mousonturm (DE), Gessnerallee (CH) and Zodiak (FI), Black Box Teater (NO), Kampnagel (DE) among others.
His solo performance MM has been presented more than 100 times around 10 countries, toured extensively in Norway with Riksteatret and in Sweden with Dancenet Sweden, and gave Ludvig a place in the German dance magazine “Tanz” as one of the “young and hopeful choreographers in Europe” in their recap of 2014. Ludvig is currently touring with the piece HYPERFRUIT, which is a collaboration between film maker Joanna Nordahl and himself. HYPERFRUIT premiered at MDT in October 2015 and has toured around Sweden, Norway, Germany and Portugal.
Concept, choreography and direction: Ludvig Daae, inspired by Esmeralda Vasquez. Dance and choreography: Viktoria Andersson, Marcus Baldemar and Ulrika Berg. Producer: Sara Bergsmark. Scenography and light design: Daniel Åkerström-Steen. Costumes: Tove Berglund. Composer: William Rickman. With the financial support of Arts Council Norway, Swedish Arts Council and City of Stockholm. This presentation is part of the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, which is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission. Residency at MDT, Stockholm, and O Espaço do Tempo, Portugal.