In 2018, choreographers Andros Zins-Browne and Stina Nyberg along with theatermaker Diederik Peeters teamed up to make SPECTROPHILIA at the festival Almost Summer at BUDA in Kortrijk Belgium, an evening which delved into the links between the three artists’ common interests in the supernatural,the esoteric, the uncanny, and the haunted. The result was a spooky night of puppets telling (erotic) ghost stories, a concert made to raise the dead, and a dance haunted by the Swedish Black Metal artist Dead.
Now, the three will join forces again to make a mini-festival in Stockholm, bringing a medium who will converse with whoever might be haunting MDT, a lecture by a bat, and several talking heads- all delving deeper into their investigations of voices without bodies, bodies without voices, and the sex appeal of ghosts. The evening will be accompanied by musical concerts by the theremin player Grégoire Blanc, a lecture in the dark by the specialist in the concept of the uncanny Anneleen Masschelein and the Tesla coil performance Alternating Currents by electric musician Maria w Horn and Stina Nyberg, as well as several other collaborators who are no longer with us but nevertheless have lots to say.
- About Stina Nyberg
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.
- About Andros Zins-Browne
Andros Zins-Browne is a choreographer who’s work consists of live and hybrid environments at the intersection between installation, performance and conceptual dance. His performances work on twisting the embodied and the virtual, until these distinct terms begin to lose their borders. How bodies produce images and vice-versa is a question central to Zins-Browne’s investigations.
- About Diederik Peeters
Diederik Peeters is an officially certified visual artist that accidentally got lost in the stables of stage-art, and usually makes performances, but has also been caught writing texts, inventing installations or video’s and crafting other amalgams that appear hard to categorise. Because Peeters is a proud patient of a pathological preference for confusion, in his work impossible contradictions and absurd consistencies are stubbornly piled up.
- About Maria W Horn
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.
Previous commissions include an audiovisual piece for the Swedish Radio, a sound and light environment for The Swedish Museum of Performing Arts, a string quartet with electronics for Malvakvartetten and multichannel electronic music for Audiorama.
Formal studies include electroacoustic composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and Universität der Kunste in Berlin.
- About Grégoire Blanc
Grégoire Blanc is a young French musician, known for his work involving the theremin – this very unusual musical instrument invented in the 1920s by the brilliant Russian scientist, Лев Термен.
His musical journey began with the cello as he was 5 years old, and he never stopped developing his musicianship since then. The revelation came during a physics lesson in high school : the theremin was mentioned as the very first electronic musical instrument in history, which immediately raised his curiosity. Determined to learn how to play, he started on his own and published a few videos over the web after having acquired a good level. Meeting other classical theremin players and taking part into various ensembles as a chamber musician was the clue to rapid progress.
With its characteristic sound and its astonishing expressivity, the theremin has a huge potential, from classical music to contemporary creations, film soundtracks, etc. Grégoire Blanc is renowned as a promising artist, and is regularly invited to perform in various contexts : orchestral performances, classical concerts, lectures, studio recordings, all around the world, from Canada to Kazakhstan.