- Residency presentation
- All that you can´t leave behind
“All that you can´t leave behind” is a dance performance in the format of a concert. It is the first song and dance of a music album that Halla Ólafsdóttir and Franz Edvard Cedrins are currently working on.
In an ongoing project devoted to a voyage through different perspectives on the concept of shapeshifting they’re operating simultaneously as instrumentalists, composers, dancers and choreographers playing with a bubbling metamorphosis of dance and sound. Between the nonhuman and human, between language, music and phonetics, making up ways of defining oneself and one’s own universe.
The shapeshifter has the ability of transforming and reshaping right down to the genetic and cellular structure. The shapeshifter can enhance it’s body, change into others or become different entities and genders, all at the same time. It can impersonate others as well as turning into indefinable creatures and monstrosities, animals and entities. This, is done so that you may carry the power and abilities of a specific organism with you when you need it. To borrow the lions courage in times of hard decisions, to borrow the sly manners of a crafty pike fish to hide in the reed when that sort of thing becomes necessary or to become an eagle when you really need to get over that distant mountain. Qualities that can save your life. But within this also lies a challenge. It can frankly be straight out dangerous to stay in one and the same shape for too long.
“All that you can´t leave behind” is about leaving your body and all its labels, finding a new to place to levitate in and letting yourself shapeshift into several different creatures at once.
Extremely scary and tremendously pleasant at the same time.
- About Halla Ólafsdóttir
Halla Ólafsdóttir is an Icelandic artist, dancer and choreographer living and working in Stockholm. She works in different constellations and collaborations that have an interest in expanding the notion of dance and choreography. Her stage work is concerned with methods of reinterpretation of recognizable formats of representation, facilitating a shared experience. Halla is a MA choreography graduate from DOCH (Stockholm) and was a part of mychoreography and INPEX, creating and performing a number of pieces and projects which have toured to festivals in Sweden, England, Belgium, France, Germany, Vienna and the United States. She has recently been touring the piece Giselle, together with John Moström, which involves the partake of over a hundred artists the past two years. As well as the piece “Beauty and the Beast”, together with Amanda Apetrea, which won the Prix Jardin d’Europe Awards at ImpulsTanz in 2013. Her work takes on various forms and expressions, she co-curated the Reykjavík Dance Festival: A Series of Event 2012 where 30 artist were invited to partake in a 10 day festival in Iceland and recently played the lead role in the feature film Under Influence by Sidney Leoni, premiered at Dansens Hus, 2015. She has worked with choreographers such as Zoe Poluch, Stina Nyberg, Nadja Hjorton and Amanda Apetrea. Together they constitute SAMLINGEN that in December 2013 joined forces with the Cullberg Ballet at for a temporary installation at the Dance museum in Stockholm, invaded Kulturhuset with history writing and were key note speakers at the Post Dance conference at MDT in 2015. Halla was part of the collective project with the band the Knife, co-creating and preforming, along with eleven other artists, the show “Shaking the Habitual”, touring it in Europe and North-America, in 2013-2014. She is currently working on the piece “All that you can´t leave behind” and Nadja Hjortons “Medea”.
- About Franz Edvard Cedrins
Franz Edvard Cedrins is a composer, choreographer, artist and filmmaker based in Stockholm. He studied fine arts and media at Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm and has since then presented work at Norrlands Operan (SE) Dramaten / The Royal Dramatic Theatre (SE) Sveriges Television (SE) Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde (SE) Rogaland teater (NO) National Theatret (NO) A.C Popov Central (RU) Steirischer Herbst (AU) SSG Los Angeles (US) among other places. His work is often multi-faceted encompassing dance, sculpture, installation, photography, sound art, and pop music. As a composer, music producer and sound designer he has during the last years worked with choreographers such as Gunilla Heilborn, John Moström, and Sebastian Lingserius. He’s currently working on the piece “All that you can´t leave behind” and his forthcoming film “Scandinavian Nightlife”.
Concept & original sound & music & dance & choreography: Halla Ólafsdóttir and Franz Edvard Cedrins. With support of Konstnärsnämnden / The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and Kulturförvaltningen Stockholm.
- Residency showing
Showing in studio 1.
Starting time approx. 21:30 (after Amanda Apetrea & Mica Sigourneys performance). The presentation is approx. 20 min.
Free entry! No pre-booking