Shane et al.
- Scenography shifts from background to foreground when the choir Shane’s collected forces embrace the mountain with sung verses like “bright horizon stand above the earth’s stormy night” and “the forest stands quiet, the sky is clear”. A number of melodies in choir arrangements are activated, recycled, used and composted in a song- and dance concert. With the choir as a temporary singing- and dancing group, dances and songs are activated as collective- and group-self expressions. Camouflage is used as a tool for practicing empathy, imagination and the ability to displace one’sperspective.The choir has a history of backing up a soloist, but to sing in a choir can also be to temporarily submit to or acknowledge being a part of a collective protagonist. Choir singing and choir-dance can act as a camouflaging of the individual self, or possibly make visible other ways of comprehending the world and telling a story.Shane is the name of a fictive character in a girl gang, et al. indicates “and others” and is often used when something has many authors. Shane et al. is a performance in which the choir is understood as and proposed as a form of hero-figure and collective protagonist, and the hero as the one who proposes or hints towards a different reality where other relations, behaviors and narratives might have space and conditions to grow, shape and be shaped.
- About Ellen Söderhult
- Ellen works with dance and choreography, with a base in Stockholm. She holds one BA in dance and one in circus. Since receiving her second BA from DOCH in 2015 she has made dance performances in collaboration with others such as OTHERBODIES, THIS IS GRAND, RUDY, Innanför Grindarna and How to do things with Romance: a prologue. In 2015 Eleanor Bauer, Alice Chauchat and Ellen initiated a platform for exchange- and sharing of practices, methods and knowledge within contemporary dance called Nobody´s Dance. She has performed works by choreographers such as Simone Forti, Alexandra Pirici, Gry Tingskog, Chloe Chignell, Anna Efraimsson and Sandra Medina and collaborated with amongst others Moa Autio, Mikkel Hobitz Filtenborg and Maia Means. Ellen currently sings in three choirs and has a background in choir singing and track and field athletics.
- Concept and choreography: Ellen Söderhult. Performed by and made in collaboration with: Oda Brekke, Lisa Schåman, Lisen Pousette, Cathryn Humpreys, Elinor Trollerz Bratteby och Lydia Östberg Diakité. During the process the interns Andreas Haglund, Hannah Krebs and Corinne Mustonen have contributed to the project. Scenography, artistic advice, sculpture, light and costume: Tove Dreiman. With support from Kulturrådet, Konstnärsnämnden and Stockholms stad. Co-production: Köttinspektionen Dans and MDT.