Oceanic is a reflection on listening and a feminist study of the hierarchies of sounds.
Handcrafted masur bowls are spread across the stage, following nature’s own form with their unique and organic shapes.
A woman is floating in a hallucinogenic sea, moving through what becomes a mythological landscape. She is evoking the past and present, voices and memories.
Oceanic has an original, immersive sound set-up, including custom-made mechanical string instruments. Together, the protagonist, the sounding sculptures and the light create an embodied space for careful tuning and wild listening.
Oceanic premiered at Atalante, Gothenburg in March, 2020. The performance is part of a body of work dealing with how political and cultural structures are embedded in the senses. This series includes the works: Liaisons (performance, 2018), Shrill (sound work, 2018), Oceanic (performance, 2020) and Hail to The Good Listener (Performance commissioned by Danish Dance Theatre, 2021).
- 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 close collaboration with lighting designer Mårten K Axelsson and dramaturg Igor Dobricic.
Their 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 central to the experience and the production of knowledge.
About Julia Giertz
Julia Giertz is a sound artist with a background in choreography as well as engineering. She lives in Stockholm and is working with sound in relation to people, objects and electronics. She has presented works at the Venice Biennale, Unsound, Intonal, Tensta Konsthall, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, MDT, Kampnagel K3 and Norrlandsoperan amongst others. Some of her artistic collaborations include Marie Topp, Zosia Hołubowska, k.ö.k. and Tarek Atoui. She gives lectures in immersive audio and synthesisers at Malmö Arts Academy and Elektronmusikstudion (EMS). As an audio engineer she has been supervising the development of the multichannel dome at the Royal Institute of Arts in Stockholm.
About Marie Topp
Marie Topp is a choreographer and a dancer. She graduated from The National School of Performing Arts in Denmark in 2009. She works within the independent, international field of contemporary dance and has collaborated with a number of art-institutions in Denmark, Sweden and Germany, ie. Atalante, MDT, Kampnagel, Bora Bora, Reykjavik Dance Festival, Dansehallerne, Teater Momentum, Dansstationen and Inkonst. Topp recently premiered “Hail to the Good Listener”, an ensemble work commissioned by Danish Dance Theatre. Besides her choreographic practice Topp has also experience as teacher (DOCH, DDSKS, AFUK) and curator (daily training at Dansehallerne). From 2016-2019 she was a part of the Artistic Advisory Board at Dansehallerne, Copenhagen.
Concept: Marie Topp and Julia Giertz
Choreography and dance: Marie Topp
Sound: Julia Giertz
Instruments: Julia Giertz and Felix Ahlberg Ericsson
Lighting design: Mårten K. Axelsson
Dramaturgy: Igor Dobricic
Producer: Betina Rex
Tour technician: Uli Ruchlinski
Technical adviser: Daniel Araya.
Consultant: Sarah Melin
Photo: Ina Akse
Trailer: Milja Rossi
Produced by: Visible Effects
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.