Shapes of states
Right now, we are sitting on the first row in a big square room with black surfaces aimed for different performances. In the middle of the room there is a white curtain with long lines painted on it. The curtain moves in a slow and dreamy way, as if there was a slight wind on stage. A soft light lit the floor and the first three rows. Those who are seated in the back row sometimes wonder what I am talking about here in the front. I am here to interpret a dance performance for you, a story about what takes place on stage but also a story in itself.
Shapes of States traces the historical and political writing of the body by connecting Swedish public health ideologies from the 1920’s with contemporary training ideals. Seeing the body as malleable material, which are the means through which we sculpt it? And what is the daily shaping of the body doing to the way we shape society? With a starting point in Meyerhold’s biomechanics the dancers in Shapes of States develop a movement vocabulary far from any idea of natural behaviour. In a series of dances they tell the broken story of a human belief in the disciplining of the flesh.
The performance will be visual descripted, offering various perspectives on how to perceive the form and content of dance. The visual description will be performed by the dancers and will interpret what is happening on stage, what is happering in the world and what is happening in fantasy. You are welcome to take part of this, whether you have a visual impairement or not. See more info below.
- Accessibility info
The performance will be visual descripted, offering various perspectives on how to perceive the form and content of dance. The visual description will be performed by the dancers and will interpret what is happening on stage, what is happering in the world and what is happening in fantasy. You are welcome to take part of this, whether you have a visual impairement or not.
To book visual description, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. An introduction for audience with visual impairment takes place at 19.45 before every performance.
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The performance is in Swedish, with translation in English. The visual description is in Swedish.
- About Stina Nyberg
Stina Nyberg works with dance and choreography and graduated from the MA in choreography at DOCH in 2012. Her practice is related to the possibility to through conviction and illusion create new systems of logic in order to construct the world differently, and to act accordingly. Her departure point is always a feminist approach to the body; its social and political construction and ability to move.
Often working in collaboration with others – moving in between independent productions, collectives, state institutions, art and the music scene – she creates a method specific to every situation, including how we work into what we work with.
Stina has presented several independent works on the relation between sound and movement, as well as investigations of the polical history of the body. She choreographed the Shaking the habitual show with the Swedish band The Knife and performed on tour in Europe and US between 2012-14. In 2015 she choreographed a new work for the Cullberg Ballet. In 2016, she choreographed the performance Shapes of States which investigates the relationship between the healthy body and the healthy state, with a starting point in Meyerhold’s biomechanics. Nyberg have for several years collaborated with the choreographers Amanda Apetrea, Nadja Hjorton, Halla Ólafsdóttir and Zoë Poluch under the name Samlingen – investigating dance history from a feminist perspective.
Read more on Stinas website: www.1200m.org/stina
Choreography: Stina Nyberg. Performers: Andrea Svensson, Sandra Lolax, Sindri Runudde and Stina Nyberg. Set design: Tove Edlund Dreiman. Costume: Tove Edlund Dreiman and Sandra Leandersson. Lighting design: Josefin Hinders. Dramaturgical adviser: Manon Sanktin. Producer: Sara Bergsmark. Administration: Interim Kultur AB. Visual description workshop: Jannine Rivel. Limón workshop: Jeanette Bolding. Meyerhold workshop: Tom Fjordefalk. Production: MDT, Inkonst, Norrlandsoperan and wpZimmer. Supported by: The Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The Municipality of Stockholm and The 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.