A Fine Selection. Confirmed.
Yes. We end another year with four days of festival sweetness. A fine selection. Confirmed.
17:00-20:00 Adele Essle Zeiss “Statolit” (durational performance installation)
19:00 BamBam Frost “Sorry” (Cancelled)
21:00 nasa4nasa “SUASH”
22:00 Sonja Jokiniemi “Blab”
18:00-20:30 Adele Essle Zeiss “Statolit” (durational performance installation)
19:00 BamBam Frost “Sorry” (Cancelled)
21:00 nasa4nasa “SUASH”
22:00 Sonja Jokiniemi “Blab”
18:00 Stina Nyberg “Thunderstruck”
19:30 Ofelia Jarl Ortega “Shredder”
21:30 Amanda Apetrea & Halla Ólafsdóttir “DEAD by Beauty and the Beast”
18:00 Stina Nyberg “Thunderstruck”
19:30 Ofelia Jarl Ortega “Shredder”
21:30 Amanda Apetrea & Halla Ólafsdóttir “DEAD by Beauty and the Beast”
23:00 Maria W Horn “Interference” (live concert)
Festival Finale with Baba Electronica & Tove Dreiman (bar)
Åpninger will be selling experiential services throughout the festival. Their office opens in the foyer at the beginning of each evening.
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**You need a festival pass + tickets for each performance.
Statolit, Åpninger services, and Festival finale are included in the festival pass.
(*We offer reduced priced festival pass for students, seniors, youth under 26 and unemployed persons.)
- Adele Essle Zeiss “Statolit”
Inside the ear, in three semicircular canals and two otolithic membranes, a viscose liquid flows in a slightly delayed movement. When the head moves a relational movement is created, registered in the cells of the organ.
In order to keep still we are constant in motion. Weight is distributed between the soles of our feet, we parry the movements of the earth and the involuntary movements of our own body. It is an automatic system – learned, adapted to the surroundings and stored within the body. It can’t be controlled by will. To balance therefore requires a focused, but unfixed, state.
Experiencing the weight of the own body is an internal perspective of the body. An aspect of the body inaccessible to the surrounding, an experience of it not constructed in the encounter with the other.
The bags of concrete often start leaking and before each performance they have to be adjusted in order to create equilibrium. It is like tuning a giant instrument to the weight of the bodies. It is also a crass weighing of bodies against a crude industrial material. The wires are tightened, the planks bend and the legs soon start to get numb. The bodies navigate in relation to the downward pull of gravity in order to remain upright.
Statolit is a performance and installation that the viewer may enter and exit freely. It has previously been presented at Galleri Mejan, as well as at the Royal Institute of Art’s 2018 Spring Exhibition at the Royal Academy.
The title, Statolit, is Swedish for a tiny granule which some aquatic invertebrates and plants insert into their balance organ. Gravity pulling the statolith down gives the plant or animal direction to grow upward or swim in upright position.
Adèle Essle Zeiss completed the five-year master program in art at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Art last spring. She has previously worked as a dancer and choreographer, graduating from the Royal Swedish Ballet school in 2002. Her work moves between choreography, installation, and video.
(By: Adèle Essle Zeiss. With: Adèle Essle Zeiss, Hanna Åhs, Kajsa Nilsson, Alexandra Bragdell, Natalie Petrov. Thanks also to: Gabriella Antonsson, Elias Bäckebjörk, Elin Ericsson, Isabella Nyman, Maria Pihl och Jenny Strandberg. The work has been created at The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.)
This performance installation is open 28.11 at 17:00-20:00 + 29.11 at 18:00-20:30. During this time you may come when you want and stay as long as you like. NB: limited maximum amount of audience at the same time. Entry included in the Festival Pass.
- BamBam Frost “Sorry”
Sorry not sorry Sorry as in so sorry Sorry as in im sorry Sorry as in Beyonces song sorry Sorry as in actually sorry Sorry as in im sorry to myself Sorry as in its just a nice word Sorry as in super sorry Sorry as in not really sorry at all.
While working with Sorry we have studied female RnB, HipHop and soul artists and worked with expressions, energy, dances and estetchics taken from their musicvideos and live concerts. We have been asking how the popculture we consume translate in our bodies, here on the other side of the atlantic. In Sorry we deconstruct and reconstruct in a playful exploration of the potential of this material, seeing what it is and what it can become.
BamBam Frost is a Swedish dancer and choreographer. She graduated from Stockholm University of the Arts, with a bachelor in contemporary dance spring 2013. Sorry is her choreographic debut and its part of a series of pieces with themes circling around black pop-culture within the western context.
Besides her own work, BamBam is touring and performing with To Come- extended by Mette Ingvartsen. She has been a part of dance collective P*fect since 2008 and has also participated in works by by Alexandra Pirici, Marina Abramovic, Paloma Madrid, Mari Carrasco and Lisa Janbell.
(Choreography Bam-Bam Frost. Created and performed together with: Bianca Traum and Ingrid Mugalu. Lightdesign Anton Andersson. Set design Lisa Berkert Wallard. Sound design Yared Cederlund. With support from Kulturrådet, Stockholm stad, Stockholms läns landsting and Riksteatern production residency.)
28.11 + 29.11 at 19:00
- nasa4nasa “SUASH”
This performance is premised in attraction. It is the outcome of spending one year inside a squash court. In a space measured and mapped into rigidity, we find ourselves revealed as functions, choreographed to satisfy the grid. We glorify the space. We echo its landscape. We romanticize the grid. This a spectacle of visual pleasure. This an ode to the squash court.
SUASH is nasa4nasa’s debut performance. Created to be performed in the Maadi Sports Club in Cairo.
nasa4nasa is a dance collective based in Cairo. It was co-founded by dancers Noura Seif Hassanein and Salma Abdel Salam in October 2016.
nasa4nasa uses static imagery to research notions of form, aesthetic and value.
nasa4nasa uses chance, and repetition to examine failure, affect, vanity, boredom.
nasa4nasa seeks to foreshadow alternative spaces as occupied stages.
nasa4nasa is housed in social media, to actively interact with and sometimes interject with daily virtual mass consumption.
nasa4nasa can be taken lightly or seriously, it is meant to do both.
nasa4nasa does not seek to find meaning in everything it does.
nasa4nasa fucks with dance.
(Choreography and performance: Salma Abdel Salam and Noura Seif Hassanein. Music: Asem Tag. Light Design: Emese Csornai. Costume: Adam Shaalan. SUASH is commissioned as part of The Consortium Commissions – a project initiated by Mophradat. Co-produced by MDT and Kunstcentrum BUDA. Studio space: Feryal. With support from Swedish Arts Council.)
28.11 + 29.11 at 21:00
- Sonja Jokiniemi “Blab”
Blab is a hybrid performance, a blend of painting, sculpture and choreography. It seeks to escape the world of categories towards the unknowns; towards unions and blurs of humans and objects, extensions and expansions of different bodies, penetrations of forms and acts of desire. The work unfolds itself in the transforming multisensorial sculpture, the essence of which charts a subconscious territory. The mind of the performance is built on a foundation of linguistic indefinability, senses and reflexes. The work explores lumpy, tangled thought processes that have neither beginning nor an end.
Sonja Jokiniemi (1983) is a choreographer, performer and self-taught visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. She works in intersection of visual art, performance and social field and makes transdisciplinary work with research interests in choreographies between things and humans and neurodiverse language and thinking structures. Different materialities take part as co-composers and performers on stage works. Recently she expanded her practice from stage to gallery and exhibition formats. Her participatory projects within the social sector and studies in Expressive arts therapy intertwine with her interest on stage that claims space for intimacy and broadening ideas of norms.
Jokiniemi graduated from DAS Theatre (previously DasArts) MA Degree programme in Performing Arts in Amsterdam 2013. Prior to this she has completed BA degree on Contemporary Dance at Laban Centre in London 2006 and taken part at Daghdha Mentoring programme in Limerick, Ireland.
Sonja Jokiniemi’s work has been supported by STUK – House for Dance, Image & Sound, Zodiak – Centre for New Dance, Dampfzentrale Bern, Kiasma Theatre, Workspace Brussels, Moving in November festival, Veem House for Performance, and Regional Dance Centre of Eastern Finland. Jokiniemi has been awarded two grants by Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike): a one-year artist grant for 2017 and a three-year artist grant for 2018-20.
(Concept, choreography and visualization: Sonja Jokiniemi. Performers: Ivo Serra, Mira Kautto, Sara Gurevitsch. Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen. Textiles made in collaboration with Janina Silvennoinen. Producer: Riikka Thitz. Co-production: Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Moving in November festival, Regional Dance Centre of Eastern Finland (ITAK), Veem House for Performance. Distribution: Something Great. Residency support: Arsenic Theatre, Regional Dance Centre of Eastern Finland (ITAK), ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival, Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats, STUK – House for Dance, Image & Sound, wpZimmer. With support of: Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Samuel Huberin Taidesäätiö. This presentation is made possible thanks to Life Long Burning, which supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.)
28.11 + 29.11 at 22:00
- Stina Nyberg “Thunderstruck”
“Modern science says: The sun is the past, the earth is the present, the moon is the future. From an incandescent mass we have originated, and into a frozen mass we shall turn. Merciless is the law of nature, and rapidly and irresistibly we are drawn to our doom. (…) Meanwhile the cheering lights of science and art, ever increasing in intensity, illuminate our path, and the marvels they disclose, and the enjoyments they offer, make us measurably forgetful of the gloomy future.” (Nikola Tesla “The Problem of Increasing Human Energy”, 1900)
The story begins with the tale of Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American inventor who in the end of the 19th century brought us several of our century’s most important innovations in electricity and wirelessness. One of his magical machines was the Tesla coil, an electrical resonant transformer circuit used to produce high-voltage, low-current, high frequency alternating-current electricity. Basically, a machine that shoots lightning bolts.
In Thunderstruck, the figure of the genius artist-inventor reemerges in Stina Nyberg’s Goddess of electricity. She mixes intimate storytelling with growling dances and death-defying encounters with the singing Tesla coil on stage, which pierces melodies across the electronic drones composed by Maria W Horn. In the intersection between art, science and political utopia, Thunderstruck makes guts vibrate and wonders appear.
There is a lack of public fascination for electricity, and Stina Nyberg is here to cure that.
Stina Nyberg works with dance and choreography and graduated from the MA in choreography at DOCH in 2012. Her practice is related to the possibility to through conviction and illusion create new systems of logic in order to construct the world differently, and to act accordingly. Her departure point is always a feminist approach to the body; its social and political construction and ability to move.
Often working in collaboration with others – moving in between independent productions, collectives, state institutions, art and the music scene – she creates a method specific to every situation, including how we work into what we work with.
Stina has presented several independent works in collaboration with MDT, among others Horrible Mixtures (2014), Shapes of States (2016) and Splendour (2012-17). She choreographed the Shaking the Habitual show with the Swedish band The Knife, performing on tour in Europe and US between 2012-14, and in 2015 she choreographed a new work for the Cullberg Ballet. Nyberg have since several years collaborated with the choreographers Amanda Apetrea, Nadja Hjorton, Halla Ólafsdóttir and Zoë Poluch under the name Samlingen – investigating dance history from a feminist perspective.
Since 2016 she has been working with The Tesla Project – an ongoing inquiry into the mystique of electricity. The Tesla Project so far contains the performance Thunderstruck, the performed story telling The Woman who lit the World and the choreographed concert Alternating Currents with composer Maria W Horn.
Read more on Stina’s website: www.1200m.org/stina
(Choreography and performance: Stina Nyberg. Composition and sound design: Maria W Horn. Light design: Josefin Hinders. Sound and coil operator: Katti Alm. Light operator: Nicky Wahlström. Assistant on stage: Niklas Ren. Choreographic assistance: Andros Zins-Browne. Research: Sandra Linnell, Stina Nyberg, Zoë Poluch. Producer: Frida Tiger, Magnus Nordberg. Tesla coil: Finn Hammer. High voltage consultant: Roya Nikjoo. Administration: Artist cooperative Interim kultur.)
30.11 + 1.12 at 18:00
- Ofelia Jarl Ortega “Shredder”
Shredder by Ofelia Jarl Ortega together with composer Patrik Patsy Lassbo and dancer Alexandra Tveit, is a staged exploration of voluntary objectification as a subversive weapon in a hypersexualised world.
Shredder is a performance where power and desire produce a potent, alluring and at the same time unpleasant atmosphere. Suggestive glances and erotic undertones create a space for three bodies, surrounded by pulsating light and music, to orient themselves in the concept of post porn.
Through her interest in the conditions for productions of desire and eroticism in contemporary society, Ofelia Jarl Ortega invites to a broadened understanding of pleasure.
Ofelia Jarl Ortega is a choreographer and performer based in Stockholm. Her work centers around vulnerability and femininity, often with a suggestive erotic aesthetic. She has a MA in Choreography from DOCH, Stockholm, and her works have been shown at venues including ImPulsTanz (Vienna), MDT (Stockholm), Inkonst (Malmö), Les Urbaines (Lausanne), Manifesta11 (Zürich). Ofelia received the Young Choreographers’ Award at ImPulsTanz (Vienna International Dance Festival), 2018, for her latest work B.B.
(Choreography, dance, concept, idea: Ofelia Jarl Ortega. Music, light, concept: Patrik Patsy Lassbo. Dance, choreography, concept: Alexandra Tveit. Producer: Sara Bergsmark & Alexandra Olsson. Produced through MDT. Co-production: Black Box teater (Oslo), Santarcangelo dei Teatri. Supported by: Stockholm Stad, Konstnärsnämnden, Norsk Kulturråd. This presentation is made possible thanks to Life Long Burning, which supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.)
30.11 + 1.12 at 19:30
- Amanda Apetrea & Halla Ólafsdóttir “DEAD by Beauty and the Beast”
There is a story that tells of Beauty and the Beast’s fascination with their own shadow. They kept looking at it, scratching it, pecking at it, fisting it, burning it, licking it, until their shadow woke up, became alive and ate them. Beauty and the Beast are now “DEAD”.
For more than two decades the duo Beauty and the Beast, Amanda Apetrea and Halla Ólafsdóttir have remained a mythical force in dance and have created new lyrical expressions with their gravelly voices and poetic dances – musing over love, heartbreaks, friendship and togetherness, war, death and sex.
Their new show, DEAD, is a pornographic and dystopian dance performance that merges dance, poetry, music, the beauty of darkness and the in between, seeing inner and outer realities. Exploring expressions of sexuality, body and gender flirting with the power of horniness and lust. A power that they believe can move mountains.
The show will be performed under consent in agreement with its audience, which means that anyone who enters agrees to what ever will happened during the show. It also means that anyone can leave at any time. As always it is about you and them and all the love in between.
Amanda and Halla go way back and have been working together and apart in various constellations and projects for years now. It is always about friendship and they are never alone. They have collaborated with for instance Beauty and the Beast, jazz dance, danceoke, Nadja Hjorton, Emma Tolander, The Rite of Spring, spiritualism, realism, feminism, Sidney Leoni, The Swedish Dance History, Stina Nyberg, Zoë Poluch, the ÖFA-collective, Emma Kim Hagdahl, Ben Evans, THE FUTURE, Luís Miguel Felix, Mica Sigourney, I’m a very understanding woman, Mychoreography, Jessyka Watson Galbraith, Lisen Rosell, Chrisander Brun, Mårten Spångberg, Shaking the habitual, Ludvig Daae, Martin Lervik, Undertone, A Series of Event 2012, economy, crisis, Marcus Baldemar, Krööt Juurak, Maryam Nikandish, Alice Chauchat, Marcus Doverud, Emelie Garmén, Johan Thelander, Siri Hjorton Wagner, John Moström, Rebecka Stillman, Uri Turkenich, Märta Thisner, Rami Jawhari, Anna Sóley Tryggvadóttir, MDT, Carl Olof Berg, Dorte Olesen, dancing in the dark, Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir, Franz Edvard Cedrins, smoke and wind, Valgerður Rúnarsdóttir, Andros Zins-Browne, Elizabeth Ward, Reykjavík Dance Festival, Manon Santkin, Mariana Suikkanen Gomes, INPEX, Mattias Lech, Franziska Aigner, Zhala, Samlingen, Tom Engels, BUDA, Linnéa Martinsson, Andrea Csaszni Rygh, Louise Höjer, Karin Dreijer, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Ivar Furre Aam, Riksteatern, Agnes Quackels, Eliisa Erävalo, Iki Gonzalez Magnusson and Sandra Akiiki, love, lust and fear.
(With and by: Amanda Apetrea and Halla Ólafsdóttir. Light and scenography: Chrisander Brun. With music from: Karin Dreijer, Linnéa Martinsson and Zhala Rifat. Text: Amanda Apetrea and Halla Ólafsdóttir. Tailor: Kajsa Lisa Larsson. Producer: Sara Bergsmark. Photo: Märta Thisner. Professional feedbackers: Nadja Hjorton and Chrisander Brun. Sound mix: Elize Arvefjord. Technician: Björn Kuajara. Administrative structure: The Artist Cooperative Interim kultur. Co-produced by MDT, Atalante, Dansstationen and BUDA Art Center, with support of The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The City of Stockholm and Swedish Arts Council. Thank you to all our past and present lovers out there, how you touch and have touched us.)
30.11 + 1.12 at 21:30
Åpninger is a long-term collaboration between the artists Marie Bergby Handeland and Morten Liene. We develop and execute experience-based services at festivals. We offer a menu consisting of a variety of services that the audience orders from whenever they wish during the festival. We are inspired by other professions where customer services are offered, and hope to satisfy all orders to the best of our abilities. Having said that, every service is considered and delivered with an esthetic and emotional preference.
In Åpninger we work with opening up to big and warm feelings in body and voice, with choreography as structure. Through longing, falling in love and missing we let ourselves actively work with charm, devotion and shyness.
During A Fine Selection. Confirmed. we offer a selection of services. Our office will be located in the foyer where we will sit every day during the festival, before and after the performances. There you will find the whole menu, order services, and make agreements with us on when and where the services will be realized.
(Åpninger are supported by Norsk Kulturråd and Fond for utøvende kunstnere.)
The Åpninger office open in the foyer at 17:00 on 28.11, 18:00 on 29.11, and at 17:00 on 30.11 + 1.12. The services are included in the festival pass.
- Maria W Horn “Interference”
Maria w Horn is a composer hailing from the north of Sweden, based in Stockholm since 2011. Maria w Horn is interested in the manipulation of time and space through sonic extremes – oscillating between minimalist structures and piercing power electronics utilizing both digital and analog synthesis as well as acoustic instruments and audiovisual components. Her work examines aspects of human perception – how audiovisuality and overload/loss of perceptual stimuli can conspire to transcend everyday life and invoke alternate mental states. She is a part of Sthlm Drone Society – an association working to promote slow and gradually evolving timbral music, and co-operates the label XKatedral.
Maria W Horn has created the sound for “Thunderstruck”, which you can watch earlier during the festival evening.
For A fine selection, Maria performs material from her latest LP release Kontrapoetik, together with a new work exploring interference patterns and light.
1.12 at 23:00
- Tove Dreiman
Tove Dreiman works with art and set design based in Stockholm. In collaborative and independent projects within various contexts and disciplines her work moves between installation, painting, ceramics, textile and video. With a background in image making and a fondness for fake she often return to explore the verge of the two- and three dimensional and strive for a space where imitations and illusions can flourish.
Within the field of dance Tove has collaborated with coreographers Ellen Söderhult, Klara Utke Acs, Lisen Pousette and Stina Nyberg. In Sweden her works have been presented at Marabouparkens Konsthall, Gärden Subway station, Norbergfestivalen, Bångska Våningen, Crum Heaven, MDT among others and Art Lab Akiba and Midori.so2 in Tokyo. Parts of these projects can be seen at tovedreiman.se
Festival Finale 1.12: Tove Dreiman creates the final evening together with Baba Electronica.
- Baba Electronica
Daniela Bershan aka Baba Electronica is a love worker using visual arts, performance, music making and social organization around topics of collective study, care-making and practices of (non-sexual) intimacy. In her work she conceptualizes not just the characteristics of her materials but with and through them the skills and objects they can be read with: the DJ, the remixer, the researcher, the love-worker are dissecting choreographies and scores in order to make tangible how they operate; and enable to organize relations otherwise. They are committed to experiment and circulate with queering tools.
For Daniela object-making, situations, material processes, affective encounters, active study, listening, performances, rituals, remixing and choreography are all tools for sense-making processes, compose potentia-spaces for ero-aesthetic practices and non-monotonic thinking. #DJsarelisteners
(Bershan co-founded and directed FATFORM (NL), and is co-organizing ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE at Performing Arts Forum (FR). Her works, projects and performances have been presented at e.g. the 29th Sao Paulo Biennale (BR), De Appel Arts Centre (NL), Frankfurter Kunstverein (DE), Museum Katharinenhof (DE), MaerzMusik (DE), KunstenfestivaldesArts (BE), W139 (NL), Portikus (DE), NAS Gallery Sydney (AU), Capacete (BR), Smart Project Space (NL), Paradiso (NL), Künstlerhaus Graz (AT) and Triennale Luxembourg (LUX).)
Festival Finale 1.12: Daniela Bershan and Tove Dreiman creates the final evening, where Baba Electronica will DJ.
A Fine Selection – Confirmed is made possible thanks to Stockholm City and Stockholm County Council. Thanks to Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Dance Programme, Teater Galeasen, and Hobo Hotel. MDT is supported by Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm City, Stockholm County Council, Life Long Burning which is supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union, and [DNA] Departures and Arrivals network which is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission.