- Marcus Baldemar: "Finally Fantastic"
Finally Fantastic is a fleshy, moving and highly visual dance performance that wants to depict a togetherness, a togetherness right up to death, and how dying can coexist with the imaginative and joyful, the erotic and intimate.
Finally Fantastic can be seen as a meeting place and a common burial ground where a collection of people of different generations do, die and are together. The work has drawn inspiration from Ruth Coker Burk’s cemetery in the US, which was established in the 80s during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, at a time when the disease was called “the gay cancer”. The cemetery was dedicated to homosexuals who died alone and abandoned because of the stigma of the virus. Today we see loneliness as another ongoing pandemic.
MDT has previously shown Marcus Baldemar’s works GALDR (2019) and Polari Speaking Sex (2021). Just as in previous works, he takes his cue from events from history and creates a choreography that speaks to and works in the present.
We die a death we wish to die, together!
- About Marcus Baldemar
Marcus Baldemar (1985), born and raised in Kiruna, works as a dancer and choreographer and for the past 14 years has worked as a freelancer in the field of performing arts based in Europe. He was trained at the Ballet Academy in Umeå, SEAD in Salzburg, Austria and P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium. Marcus has collaborated with a number of choreographers as a dancer and/or as a co-creator. As a choreographerhe has created the works GALDR (2019), Polari Speaking Sex (2021) and Markus Lär Sig Finska (2021).
Idea and choreography: Marcus Baldemar
On stage: Viktoria Andersson, Marcus Baldemar, Peter Stenson and Henning Tönsberg
Costume, mask & wig, scenography, light: Daniel Åkerström Steen
Composer, music: Ann-Sofie Lundin
Production: MDT, Johnson & Bergsmark
Technician: Björn Kuajara
Foto och dokumentation: John Artur
Tack till: Zafira Vrba Woodski, Linn Persson
Co production : Dansinitiativet, Luleå kommun, MDT, Dans i Blekinge and Life Long Burning – Towards a sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe project (2018-2022) supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union
Residencies: Uferstudios, Dansinitiativet, Dansplats Skog, Dans i Blekinge, Hallen, MDT
Supported by The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Kulturrådet and Stockholm Stad.