A Fine(al) Selection(?)
We do it again. A fine selection. Another. Yet another. This is the 7th edition Fine Selection-festival at MDT, and the final we have created together with Danjel Andersson (theatre director of MDT 2010-2019). The Fine Selection festivals are based on replays of works we want you to get a second chance to see – and topped up with things that have not been here before, but that we are curious to show. It is a four day long festival, divided in two halves: one program Wednesday + Thursday and a new program Friday + Saturday. So you can chose to catch all performances in two days, or split it up and hang out with us at Skeppsholmen pretty much all week.
4/12 + 5/12
18.30 Malin Elgán “Alla Tingen”
21.00 Charlie Laban Trier ”Gazing from the edge of bed”
22.00 Tamara Alegre with Lydia Östberg Diakité, Nunu Flashdem, Marie Ursin & Célia Lutangu “FIEBRE”
6/12 + 7/12
19.30 Samlingen (6/12 18.30. 7/12 19.30)
(CANCELLED: Linda Blomqvist “Circle LUX 9”)
21.00 Dasha Plokhova “Princess/Mermaid”
22.00 Ingrid Berger Myhre “Blanks”
- Ticket info
You need a festival pass + a separate ticket for each performance you want to see.
Tickets are now released.
Festival pass*: 150 sek (Reduced**: 50 sek)
Performance tickets: 50 sek
MDT kompiskort includes the festival. MDT Kompiskort holders has received a separate email with instructions for booking. If you have not received it or need help with booking contact firstname.lastname@example.org
*Samlingen is included in the festival pass. All other performances need festival pass + seperate ticket.
**We offer reduced priced festival pass for students, seniors, youth under 26 and unemployed persons.
- Malin Elgán “Alla Tingen”
“Alla tingen” (All Things) is a dance that navigates through loosely connected steps, through those we know and those we don’t. Five dancers – Pär Andersson, Elise Brewer, Rebecca Chentinell, Oskar Landström and Linn Ragnarsson – devote themselves to this and at the same time to a kind of music making without any real beginning or end. What they actually do and how things relate are, in other words, not entirely defined.
Malin Elgán’s artistic work contains both a specific and diverse and all the while expanded choreographic practice. Her works consists of different media, subjects, movements and shapes; such as the radio program Talk a bit, then we’ll check (2012), wooden objects and orchestras’ movements in The wood piece (2011), or nature documentaries and folk dances in Storyboard (2009) and Form said: do (2007). Elgán does not allow dance to be confined to certain movements and places, but takes it instead of their usual context to enable new meanings.
Elgán is based in Stockholm and is active in Sweden and internationally. In 2013, her choreographic work was awarded the Birgit Cullberg grant. She has also been the guest editor for a special edition of the art magazine Paletten, which was thus temporarily renamed Baletten. She began her career as an assistant to the multifaceted artist Jan Fabre in Belgium in 2002.
Now recently she was up to date with the performance Definitions and facts during the exhibition After Babel at Moderna Museet in Stockholm 2015. Definitions and facts have since then been performed in various contexts such as Poppositions art fair in Brussels in 2016 and in 2017, the work toured internationally to Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, Ausland in Berlin, Station in Belgrade and Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.
(Choreography: Malin Elgán. Participating dancers: Pär Andersson, Elise Brewer, Rebecca Chentinell, Oskar Landström and Linn Ragnarsson. Music selection: Malin Elgán and Jari
Haapalainen. With support from Swedish Arts Council and Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Sound technician: Daniel Söderberg. Costume: Hanna Westerling. Assistance production: Malin Peter.)
4.12+5.12 at 18:30-20:30
- Charlie Laban Trier ”Gazing from the edge of bed”
As they were lazily floating on a wave, letting the tip lick the back of their head.
The wave at times got stronger, just enough to push them over, to get them completely under the surface. They could still look up, but the sun was not as strong from under the surface, and their perception seemed altered.
How do u look t h r o u g h a Glo ri ous glory-hole?
“Gazing from the edge of bed” is a dance piece that is based on a desire to learn and unfold practices of pornography through studying the performativity produced by performers working in porn and the craft of translating a body to image and the idea of the image as a body. The piece holds the perspective that this performativity can give access to a certain non-exposed intimacy, which can create a performance that can affect and be served, whilst sustaining one’s own space of arousal and enjoyment. A doing of performance that is unapologetically vulnerable but not compromising, and where exposure is something else than being exposed. The piece wants to explore the possibilities of what a sexualized or aroused performance can do to space and all those who inhabit it.
Charlie Laban Trier is a dance-maker and performer, (1987 CPH/DK), based primarily in Amsterdam. He graduated (2018) from SNDO – Bachelor in Choreography. His background is in styles such as House and Vogue and is still rooted within these scenes both in terms of his base of movements, but also through participation – especially within the European Vogue Ballroom scene. Being in different queer scenes and categorizing himself as a transgender person, has also influenced his thinking and approach to work. One of the focuses of his work is studying how to embody and learn from methods of already existing performance practices that can turn the gaze inside-out and that aims on enhancing space for bodies corrupted by different oppressive structures.
Charlie has worked in the past years with a variety of artists. In the recent year he has worked for artists such as Paul Maheke (LND), Michele Rizzo (AMS), Noha Ramadan (AMS), Keren Levi (AMS), Phoebe Osborne (NYC/AMS). He has since 2015 worked for and with Italian choreographer Cristina Kristal Rizzo. They are currently co.creating an upcoming piece (working title: “Hypernating”) that will premiere in 2020.
(Choreography and concept: Charlie Laban Trier. Performer: Charlie Laban Trier. Music Mix: Isadora Tomasi)
4.12+5.12 at 21:00
- Tamara Alegre with Lydia Östberg Diakité, Nunu Flashdem, Marie Ursin and Célia Lutangu “FIEBRE”
FIEBRE is a choreographic work departing from a fictional landscape exploring a sensual gooey material. FIEBRE comes from a desire of creating an intimate, inceptive space where three dancers progressively explore the possibilities of a viscous and sentimental apparatus. Moving through trajectories of physical states, erotic togetherness, sexuality, sincereness and rawness. FIEBRE intents to imagine other ways of being together for thresholding and transformation. Eroticism becomes a source of empowerment where desire, disgust and alienation are free to coexist and feed each other.
FIEBRE, is build on cooperation and care, the work relies essentially on the group. Re-framing the inherited hierarchies of the different parts of labor in such a work and their respective visibilities aiming to shake up structural ways of putting cheer to the singular author.
Tamara Alegre works with dance and choreography. Born in Gran Canaria, she studied European Business and Psychology and worked as an underground music curator until 2016.She started to dance with La Ribot in 2013, then Mårten Spångberg in 2016 and more recently she has danced for Nikima Jagudajev and Carlos María Romero. In 2018, she graduated from an MA in Choreography at DOCH in Stockholm where she initiated, together with three colleagues, POSSE, a weekly extra-scholarly dance and reading group. Her work revolves around sensual embodiments, fictions on sexuality and physical states as choreographic tools for alteration and reshaping. She premiered her first dance work, FIEBRE, at Les Urbaines festival, Lausanne, Switzerland last December. Parallel to the dance piece, there is a workshop in slime primarily addressed to female and non-binary teenagers touching upon themes such as sexuality, body positivism, inclusion and non-competitiveness. She currently practices and has a growing passion for Dancehall and soon she will co-host a Perreo workshop in Lausanne together with Nico Roses and Maldita Genitalia. The combination of working as a dancer, making her own work and being involved in collaborative practices is essential for her.
Lydia Östberg Diakité is an Afro Swedish dancer, choreographer, curator and union organizer based in Copenhagen. This past years since graduating from ”The Danish National School of Performing Arts” in 2017. They have been working with many variations of practicing, making dance, performing, activism, community building and creating together with/ shout out too i.a Bambam Frost, Tamara Alegre, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Cèlia Lutangu, Stina Nyberg, Justin F Kennedy, Emilie Gregersen, My Wild Flag, POSSE -dancing and reading group, and The Union – Culture workers union for black and people of Color.
Marie Ursin is a Norwegian dancer and choreographer. She graduated from DOCH in 2013 and is based in Berlin and Oslo. Since then she has been collaborating with Alexandra Tveit, Tamara Alegre, Nikima Jagudajev, Cecilé Bally, Marie Nikazm Bakken, Fredrik Floen and Runa Borch Skolseg amongst others. Ursin, together with Tveit, is the artistic director of Scene:Bluss an annual experimental performing arts platform in Porsgrunn where they make residences, performances, workshops and everything in between. Currently she is in residency at Kanuti Gildi Saal together with Tveit preparing for this years Scene:Bluss Bedbug edition.
Nunu Flashdem is an Afro Swiss dancer and plus-size model living in Zurich and moving to London in 2020. She is a professional Dancehall dancer and teacher. Performing at different events and concerts, for example for Kranium, Charly Black, Cali P… and video shoots all over Europe. In 2018, Nunu created Flashdem Entertainment together with Sunny Flashdem.
Célia Lutangu is a Swiss curator and promotor with values. Currently based in Brussels, she co-organises two event projects: Leaving Dakota and Bledarte. With the first, together with Seelik Mutti, they encourage artistic exchange between local artists and art collectives based outside of Belgium that they invite through exhibitions, parties, talks, projection or workshops. Bledarte is a non-mixed collective of racialised women based in Brussels. Célia and her sisters aim to offer space for thinker, artists and clubbers descendant of immigrants. They are also active against police brutalities and any opressions non-white youth can face in Belgium. In June 2018 and then in September 2019 they organised a two-day festival that proved to be a great success. Célia is also know under the dj name of Wutangu, when she’s spinning tracks as a dj around Europe or for the artist Jardin.
(Concept : Tamara Alegre. Choreography: Lydia Östberg Diakité, Marie Ursin, Tamara Alegre. Performance: Lydia Östberg Diakité, Nunu Flashdem, Tamara Alegre. Scenography and stage assistant: Célia Lutangu. Costumes : Giulia Essyad. Music: HAJ300 – Katja Lindeberg. External eyes: Karina Sarkissova and Giulia Essyad. Special thanks to Klara Utke Acs, Benedicte Eggesbø and Ali Abdelkhalek. FIEBRE was made possible with the support of Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Fluxum Foundation, Nestlé Art Foundation, SIS and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Arsenic – Contemporary Performing Arts Center, Lausanne and DOCH, University of Dance and Circus, Stockholm. Production: FUEGO CONTIGO.)
4.12+5.12 at 22:00
Samlingen means the collection/the assembly. Samlingen is Amanda Apetrea, Nadja Hjorton, Stina Nyberg, Halla Ólafsdóttir and Zoë Poluch.
We are five choreographers working together, as a collective, in making choreographic work signed as a group author. It is about how we relate to history, how we think about working together, the hierarchies between work roles, who gets to be the boss and who should be the boss, the whiteness of the black box, the money, the sick leave and parental leave, about working only with people you want to sleep with, about stealing ideas, about feeling like you never will become anything and everyone already knows that. These things, the major dilemmas of living in relationship with dance, can be brought up in Samlingen. SAMLINGEN has worked together with the Cullberg Ballet at the Dance museum in Stockholm, as keynote speakers at the POSTDANCE conference at MDT, Kulturhuset/Stadsteatern, at the Works at Work festival in Copenhagen and at Riksteatern.
6.12+7.12 at 18:30/19.30. PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM HAS CHANGED TIME TO 19.30 ON SATURDAY 7/12.
- Linda Blomqvist “Circle LUX 9”. (CANCELLED)
Circle LUX 9 renders the body as raw material that can attain different qualities, textures and properties. It exhibits the body as a construction that we can fit into and burst but also as a surface that we can project upon. It strives towards a shifting subject, a constant dissolving of cultural and social codes at the same time as it playfully merges and utilizes its different expressions without ever wanting to belong to a specific identity. Circle LUX 9 is a perpetual transformation of the body, the space and the relation created in between. Passing through different spaces, evoking intimacy and imagination it moves between landscape and display. It’s s an intensification of the presence which leaves traces and anticipates the future in an ongoing loop. Always on the move, in a constant becoming. Circle LUX 9 proposes the concept of a “magic circle” as a place where temporary worlds within the ordinary world can occur.
Linda Blomqvist born in Stockholm, 1985 is a choreographer and dancer. Her work aims to expand the notion of choreography with a focus on alternative modes of production, process and practice from a speculative viewpoint taking various forms and expressions.
Linda studied dance at The Royal Swedish Ballet School 1995-2004 and at P.A.R.T.S 2008-2010. She’s been working with artists such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Mårten Spångberg, Alexandra Pirici, TG Stan, Cristina Caprioli and Dora Garcia to name a few.
Linda initiated Indigo Dance together with Emma Daniel, Anna Gaiotti and Adriano Wilfert Jensen upon an invitation to curate the “Dance week” at PAF during the Summer University 2014. Indigo Dance is a platform for artists with manifestations such as study circles, a festival, tumblr and publication (The Indigo dance magazine – They come at dawn) These various manifestations aim to find alternative modes of knowledge production and exchange implying peers teaching peers in the name of curiosity, experimentation and realization of concepts. It holds a space which is supportive and allowing, striving to build a strong discourse around our practice and field.
(Choreography and performance: Linda Blomqvist. Supported by: The Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Produced in collaboration with MDT, CCAP, PAF and Rosas.)
6.12+7.12 at 19:30
- Dasha Plokhova “Princess/Mermaid”
Princess/mermaid is a shimmering solo, in search of femininity outside of stereotypical representations of women. What does it mean to feel like a woman? Is there a feminine outside of the gender construct? In the process of searching for femininity, only mythical images and vulnerability were discovered. Femininity is a riddle, a woman is a mystery with thousands of hoaxes.
The riddle appeared as a process, not as a form. To be a mystery is to be anything, but not only yourself, not a human.
Nature, witch, wave, water, mermaid, twinkling, rattling, vision — Princess/mermaid focuses on these processes, characteristics of woman. Between me as a human and me as a the gender construct is a mysterious gap.
Is it even possible to create this gap? This gap is abstract, mythical and flickering. Is it reveal or conceal this elusive femininity? In any case, there is a lot of ambiguity and uncertainty.
Dasha Plokhova – choreographer, dancer, teacher, and artist. Dasha studied contemporary dance composition at Vaganova Ballet Academy (MA’2013), cofounded dance cooperative Isadorino gore (isadorino-gore.com) with Sasha Portyannikova. They experiment with forms and formats of dance and educational projects. From time to time Dasha cooperates with contemporary art institutions: Garage contemporary art museum, V-A-C Foundation, and others. For the last 6 years, she leads the child contemporary dance group and adult classes in ZIL Culture Centre. Sometimes Dasha makes her dance pieces, supported by Russian contemporary dance environment.
(Choreography / dance – Dasha Plokhova. Music: fragments of Gesaffelstein “a lost era” and Убийцы “Харе Кришна”. Сreated with support Dance house of ZIL culture centre.)
6.12+7.12 at 21:00
- Ingrid Berger Myhre “Blanks”
BLANKS is a dance solo in which Ingrid Berger Myhre lightheartedly suggests how the verbal description of a particular situation is likely to alter true events. Working with text and gesture, she proposes cheeky takes on the way we read, interpret, perceive, and project meaning. Moving through different frames and scales, the performance unpacks and weaves a network of sign and symbols like in a dot-to-dot-game. BLANKS is a witty performance which breaks the fourth wall and charmingly invites the audience to reflect on the language of dance.
Language and semiotics are central elements to Myhre’s artistic work. Her sharp eye for composition and casual play with expectation comes together in unpretentious and poetic performances.
Ingrid Berger Myhre (NO) is a choreographer and performer currently based in Brussels. She recently finished the ‘research studios’ at P.A.R.T.S and holds an MA in Choreography; Research and Performance from The Choreographic Centre in Montpellier. She is associated choreographer at Dansateliers Rotterdam, and receives development support from the Dutch Performing Arts Fund’s Nieuwe Makers Regeling from 2019 – 2020.
(Choreography and performance: Ingrid Berger Myhre. Light design and decor: Edwin Kolpa. Technical development and visuals: Sigurd Ytre-Arne. Costumes: Maja Eline Larssen. Visual research and advise: Jenny Berger Myhre. Outside eye: Merel Hering. Music: Magnus Hængsle, Jim O’Rourke. Funded by: Arts Council Norway. Co-production: Dansateliers Rotterdam, Black Box Teater (NO), Working Art Space and Production Bucharest (WASP), 4Culture (RO). Supported by: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aerowaves Twenty18.)
6.12+7.12 at 22:00
A Fine(al) Selection(?) is made possible with support from Stockholm County Council. Thanks to Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Dance Programme. MDT is supported by Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm City, Stockholm County Council, and Life Long Burning which is supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.