It is a reflection on listening and hierarchies within sound. It is a landscape of singing bodies, sustained sound and soft structures. It is a stream moving through humans, materials and environments. It is words being shaped by forces. It is Oceanic by choreographer Marie Topp and composer Julia Giertz.
To listen is not only an auditory process; it sharpens and shapes our attention, a subjective translation of information. Listening is a continuum of relationships.
Oceanic is part of a body of work dealing with how political and cultural structures are embedded in senses.
- About Marie Topp & Julia Giertz
Marie Topp (DK) and Julia Giertz (SE) met at The National School of Performing Arts in Denmark (2005) – since then they have maintained a close artistic dialogue. During the last ten years they have been continuously involved in each other’s artistic projects as colleagues and collaborators. Often in collaboration with lighting designer Mårten K Axelsson and dramaturge Igor Dobričić.
The performances can be experienced as time-pockets; immaterial spaces to be lost in; spaces of force, emotion and imagination that allows for the complexity of the senses to unfold. The body and the imagination are placed as central to the experience and the production of knowledge. The works are characterized by the coexistence of their practices and a shared interest in the craft of composition.
Marie Topp is a choreographer and performer born and based in Copehagen. She graduated in 2009 from The National School of Performing Arts in Denmark. In her current practice she is dealing with how political and cultural structures are embedded in the senses. In her projects Topp often collaborates with artists Julia Giertz (sound), Mårten K Axelsson (light) and Igor Dobricic (dramaturgy). She also collaborates with artists such a Eric Andersen and Margret Sara Gudjonsdottir. In 2009 she intiated the artist collective RISK together with fellow choreographers Marie-Louise Stentebjerg, Ida-Elisabeth Larsen and Gry Raaby.
2017-2020 she is curating the professional training program at Dansehallerne, Copenhagen. Since 2017 she’s been in the board of the organisation Uafhængige Scenekunstnere, Independants Stage Artist.
Concept: Marie Topp and Julia Giertz. Choreography and dance: Marie Topp. Sound: Julia Giertz. Lighting design: Mårten K. Axelsson. Dramaturgy: Igor Dobričić. Produced by: Visible Effects. Producer: Betina Rex. Instruments: Julia Giertz and Felix Ahlberg Eriksson. Tour technician: Uli Ruchlinski. Technical adviser: Daniel Araya. Consultant: Sarah Melin. Photo: Sigrid Nygaard. Co-produced by Slingan; Atalante, MDT, Dansstationen, Dansehallerne. Residency: Konstnärsnämnden international residency program/Atalante, Inkonst, MDT, EMS. Supported by: The Danish Arts Foundation, Bikuben Fonden, Wilhelm Hansen Fonden, Knud Højgaard Fonden, Augustinus Fonden.