“An exhaustion of representations, a possibility for creative outbursts. We want to show that the body is not only the bearer of multitudes of representations but also an instrument for rewriting them. The work thus processes the perversions of dance, placing the dancer as a writing subject unconscious of his own responsibility. Like the idiot, that is not aware of his transgression of norms, but makes the rest of us aware of how the norm itself is constructed.”
– Björn Säfsten
- About Björn Säfsten
Björn Säfsten explores movement as a constructing element of meaning in our daily communication. He created his first work “The adaption” in 2006 and has since gone on to create choreographic concepts in various contexts. Through small and large scale works, both self self-initiated or commissioned, he creates choreographic art in close collaboration with the current artistic team. Since 2011 Björn Säfsten is connected as a researcher at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts in a joint project with philosopher Per Nilsson. A symposium, presented at and in collaboration with Moderna Museet and MDT, which will be an ending point for the project, is under planning for the second week of june 2015.
Björn Säfstens latest creations are “Fictional copies” in 2013 and “Introduction” in 2012 as well as “…AND…” for Skånes Dansteater 2013. 2014 he is developing “Choreographic Cuts & Talking Thoughts”, which had a first showing at Istanbul Theater Festival in May this year. In the fall of 2014 Björn holds a residency at Movement Research in New York through the Arts Grants Committee in Stockholm, for a continuous development of his practice.
Choreography: Björn Säfsten, created with the performers Allison Ahl & Sebastian Lingserius. Light & Set Design: Chrisander Brun. Sound Design: Anna Sóley Tryggvadóttir. Philosopher: Per Nilsson. Music: ”How Sweet To Be An Idiot” by Neil Innes © EMI United Partnership LTD. Technician: Angela Ximena Ariza Uribe. Production: Säfsten Produktion & Nordberg Movement. Thanks to: Nina & Caja for the pants and Pirjo for the bags! Co-production: Säfsten Produktion and MDT. Created in residencies at AADK/Centro Negra, MDT, wp ZIMMER and SITE. Made possible with generous support by the Swedish Arts Council, the City of Stockholm, the Swedish Research Council and wp ZIMMER.
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