THESE IMAGES ARE WRITTEN ON MY BODY + IN-BETWEEN IMAGES Tracing a Self- Portrait
Joint performance evening.
The meeting between Sandström and Seitajoki was initiated in 2011, when Seitajoki invited Sandström to work with her own new project. An artistic dialogue was formed, which has continued for one-and-a-half years. The conversations and reflections have laid a common ground for theoretical inquiries centered around artistic labour, feminism and social critique. The collaboration has lead to two different artistic processes dealing with the gaze and the eye; in relation to the becoming of bodies through visual processes of seeing and memory (“THESE IMAGES ARE WRITTEN ON MY BODY”) and the self-portrait’s meeting with the non-I (“IN-BETWEEN IMAGES Tracing a Self- Portrait”).
During the shared evening, the spectating and the spectated are exposed on sheets of white paper. One could claim that the white surface is empty, while it is most likely already fully coded by shadows, habits and stereotype ways of seeing and behaving.
- Kajsa Sandström “THESE IMAGES ARE WRITTEN ON MY BODY”
Inspired by three female artists active in the Dada movement, 1916-21 (Emmy Hennings, Hannah Höch and Sophie Täuber) Kajsa Sandström has created three inter-connected dance solos. 100 years after the movement, Kajsa investigates processes of “bodily becoming”; how is the body’s relation to the image of the body, and how are immaterial visualities shaping the meeting between the spectator and the performer?
(Concept, Choreography and Dance: Kajsa Sandström. Direction and development: Kevin Doyle. Sound: Ingrid Hedin Wahlberg. Scenography: Annika Sandström. Light design: Björn Kuajara. Outside eye: Katja Seitajoki. Supported by: Arena Baubo Platform, Konstnärsnämnden, Dansens Hus SE/ MODUL DANCE: Carte Blanch DeVIR/CAPa Faro Portugal, MDT Stockholm, SITE projektrum, DÈPARTS Network, Danscentrum Syd Malmö)
- Katja Seitajoki “IN-BETWEEN IMAGES Tracing a Self- Portrait”
IN-BETWEEN IMAGES Tracing a Self- Portrait is an act in which the self-portrait is examined through imitation, repetition, memory and withdrawal. It is a tracing of movements and thoughts through drawings, illuminated and projected. Images, text and sound are linked together to transform a subject. A process recreating contours and shadows in a negotiation where in-between images are emerging.
(Concept, Direction and Text: Katja Seitajoki. In collaboration with: Kajsa Sandström. Performance: Kajsa Wadhia. Film: Tommi Seitajoki. Sound: Ingrid Hedin Wahlberg. Light design: Björn Kuajara. Supported by: Svenska Kulturfornden, Arena Baubo Platform Production, Studiefrämjandet. Thanks to: Magnus Larsson, Carin Norrby, Karin Hauptmann, Jonas Holst, Jonas Christianson, Anu Kauhaniemi, Dansens Hus.)
- About Kajsa Sandström
Kajsa Sandström (SE) has worked professionally in Dance and Choreography since 2004. She was a student at P.A.R.T.S. from 2000-2004. Her professional career as a dancer includes work with the actor Frank Vercruyssen/Tg STAN (BE) 2005; choreographer Mette Ingvartsen (DK) 2003- 2007; and Cie Kubilai Khan Investigations (FR) 2008-2010. Since 2006, Sandström has developed her own projects initiated by artistic interests and questions, often in collaboration with artists related performance fields. By displacing her own knowledge in meeting, collision and dialogue, she finds potential to work choreographically with dance in new ways. Each new project is defined by a new set of specific practices and methods that inform the process. Material is derived from parallel processes of research and practical application of ideas. Sandström is interested in how choreography can frame and articulate ways of looking at the experience of movement, perception and bodily presence within different spaces and media. She wishes to engage with an audience by letting the material and situations combine to create openings for reflection. Recent touring: “Con/text” 2010, with Ylva Henrikson, “In the Mirror- A solo choreography in the footsteps of Maya Deren” 2009, “I need a witness to perform” 2009, in collaboration with David Bergé. In collaboration with Frédéric Alstadt the new piece “Between dog and wolf” premiered at Dansens Hus, Stockholm, March 2012.
- About Katja Seitajoki
Katja Seitajoki (FIN/SE) has during the last eight years worked with Arena Baubo and freelanced in the performing arts in the fields of theatre, mime and dance. Seitajoki studied at the Mime Acting programme at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has also studied to become a producer and is now working as a project coordinator at Dansens Hus, Stockholm. Seitajoki has developed her own work in the frames of Arena Baubo. Arena Baubo was founded in 2006 as an arena for experimental performance art. The group has been working with methods of collective collaboration and used performance, discussions, workshops and seminars as a method for producing knowledge. 2012 she presented the lecture-performance “The Art of Flashing – Baubo’s hijacking of Rancière” in the project Proudly post/non/miss/re/presentation of Baubo. Earlier projects: 2011 “Kulla-Gulla”, “Fassbinder and I” 2010, “Tantsnusk” 2010, “Empower Station Botkyrka” 2010, “Jävla Frihet” 2009, “Empower Station Beirut” 2009, “Prostitutionstribunalen” 2009, “Svenska torskar” 09 and 2007 and “Fackmöte för prostituerade”.
- THESE IMAGES ARE WRITTEN ON MY BODY + IN-BETWEEN
- Kajsa Sandström + Katja Seitajoki
- 3.40 MB