Circles #2 DEAD and Choreographed reading circle with Frida Sandström

Circles #2

Sunday 15th of Oktober 2017

14.00 – 16.00 Workshop/choreographed reading circle hosted by Frida Sandström

17.00  “DEAD” by and with Beauty and the Beast

Free admission

Booking is recommended. Reserve your ticket at  info@kottinspektionen-dans.se

 

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DEAD 2017 Photo: Marta Thisner

14.00 – 16.00 Choreographed reading circle with Frida Sandström 

“Collect the Crash” 

Citing each other, we talk through each other and collect the spread out worlds. With these, we write the receiver, the one to be spoken to. Thus, the words are fabricating their own content.
In this workshop, we will take a closer look into writing’s relation to talking, what it means to write what is spoken and what a physical meeting has to do with the exchange of words. Repositioning the positions of each of the roles in the meetings that we are brought into, we will rewrite the very context. This is a collective writing, where we are each other’s material as well as each other’s authors. What is written is what later is to be read, and felt, differently. You do not need to prepare anything before arriving to this workshop. The only thing you need to take with you is the interest to listen, and to be listened to. What is read is the meeting itself.

Choreographed reading circle

This year we put emphasis on “workshop” in each circle, to lift and give status to the situation as a mutual time for process, testing, questioning and fumbling. A choreographed reading circle is an investigation into how methods for dance can meet methods for group readings. We propose that reading together can be to dance together, and how we dance is structured by a choreographer every session. The choreographers choose text, methods and format for the experiment according to their own artistic interests. Taking part in a choreographed reading circle involves asking yourself what an event like this is and can be. We all participate with our curiosity, our eyes, our bodies, our voices and our thoughts. Everybody who wants to join is welcome, no preparation is needed. It is always possible to participate as a spectator/listener/witness or as reader/dancer.

Frida Sandström’s practice takes place in the intersection of art criticism and the pedagogical, with writing and performance as its core. She is one of the editors of Paletten Art Journal and a frequent writer in Swedish cultural journals and magazines. 2017-18 she works through the artistic research and development project The Glossary of the Event together with artist Cara Tolmie and curator Aleksei Borisionok, at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. She curates the art program at Norbergfestival and at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm. She is the producer of Sound of Stockholm 2017 and studies a masters program in aesthetics at Södertörn University.

 

17.00 “DEAD” by Beauty and the Beast (Amanda Apetrea & Halla Ólafsdóttir)

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.

About Beauty and the Beast

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.

 

Credits

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. This presentation is part of the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, which is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission.

Pictures below is from DEAD 2017. Photo:: Marta Thisner

Circles #3 The Blob Release Ceremony + The Blob starts a band!

Friday 27 of October 18.00 – 22.30

18.00 – 18.45 “To release the body” A short workshop/class with Cecilia Roos. No preknowledge is required (and no special clothes are needed).

19.00  Release party/mingle for The Publication. Drinks and snacks will be served.

19.45 – 20.15 Release Ceremony with The Blob. We will be offered to drop a variation of things/objects/materials from different levels. Participate in dropping things, or see other people dropping things.

20.30 – 21.30 The Blob starts a band. From the manifesto the Blob has written, a band will start and have its first session.

21.30 Mingle with the Band.

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 Sunday 29 of October 14.00 – 16.00

First rehearsal/session with the Band, hosted by The Blob. No preknowledge is required. Join if you would like to play music and read poems, or listen to others doing it.

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Welcome to join all the activities or parts of them. When its participatory its always also an option to be a witness. The two days are also free standing.

Free admission / No booking required (both 27th and 29th of October)

 

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Bild: Jonas Williamsson

Welcome to The Blobs Release Ceremony at Köttinspektionen Friday 27th of October!

The Blob starts a band! / The Blob Releaseparty for The Publication

Köttinspektionen Dans has invited The Blob to organize a release party for The Publication; a collection of five individual posters made up of written materials by the choreographers/artists Frida Sandström, Zoë Poluch, Moa Franzén, Maria Stiernborg and Barkman Bark, with graphic design by Jonas Williamsson. The Publication is part of a chain reaction of artistic practices and happenings at Köttinspektionen, and now the baton have reached The Blob. (More about The Publication further down).

The Blob adopted the mission to host a release party through the understanding: “To let go of something is to start something”, and will therefore take the opportunity to start a band while launching The Publication – together with everyone that would like to join. For the band’s appearance, The Blob has written a manifesto that constitutes a container and a framework for the band.

 

Manifesto for the band:

Everybody can join

As a band member, one can be an observer – to attend but not so active

Inbetween the songs we communicate without words, but words can be used inside of the songs

Band members can bring instruments, and what an instrument is, is not decided

There will be gigs/concerts

The band makes songs and music but what songs and music are, is not decided

The whole room is part of the song

Each band member can initiate a song, and the initiator of a song will end the song

Everyone has to back up a song that has been initiated (may be with their presence, mind, feelings or with instruments)

One does not need to show up to all rehearsals to be a band member

 

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Sunday 29 of October 14.00 – 16.00

First session/rehearsal with the Band, hosted by The Blob

We are invited by the Blob to join the band, everyone  is welcome. The band will depart from a MANIFESTO, written by The Blob. During this session we will play/rehearse songs, accordingly to the manifesto, and in between the songs we will read poems from “Hackers” by Aase Berg. No preknowledge is required. Join if you would like to play music and read poems, or listen to others doing it.

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The Publication – a chain reaction of artistic practices and happenings

The Publication is an initiative by Köttinspektionen Dance (Kajsa Wadhia and Tove Salmgren) to invite artists to “document artistically” one of the occasions in a serie of choreographed reading circles that took place during 2016, at Köttinspektionen in Uppsala. The interest was to follow and stretch the materials that dance and choreography offer us, with less focus on its originality and origin and more on how it finds, moves, connects, undress and possibly compost us into an eternal cycle.

The choreographed reading circles were experimental sessions proposed and led by five different choreographers posing the questions: What kind of choreography is reading? Can the recognisable format of a reading circle enable a playful meeting between people with and without prior knowledge within the dance discourse, a meeting in between theory and practice; between what is said and done? The invited artists documenting these circles were instructed to participate in the same way as other participants; as spectator/listener/witness or as reader/dancer. Their commission was to answer with their eyes, their ears, their hands or thought to the reading circle, with a material that can be printed on paper.

The idea with artistic documentation was to try out the notion of documentation from a strictly subjective horizon, and to allow for the materials produced at Köttinspektionen to be reactivated and merge into new materials, immaterial and material. These are now put together and part of The Publication, a collection of five individual posters made up of the artists documentations. The posters present texts/images by Frida Sandström, Zoë Poluch, Moa Franzén, Maria Stiernborg and Barkman Bark, with graphic design by Jonas Williamsson.

At the Release Party everyone gets a free copy of the publication/ the posters

Köttinspektionen Dans is a platform for experimental dance and performance in Uppsala, directed by choreographers Tove Salmgren and Kajsa Wadhia. Köttinspektionen is an artist-run venue that is shared between and co-directed by Köttinspektionen Dans, the artist collective HAKA and Teater C.

 

The Blob is an elastic boneless organisational body/alter ego/artist inititiating, curating and producing art and culture with a special interest in dance and choreography. It creates forms and projects that stand alone or have the ability to “blobbing on” to different structures through collaboration/partnerships. The core basis of The Blob is to create spaces for working together and to elaborate around ways of organising and presenting art. The Blob is run by Anna Efraimsson or Anna Efraimsson is run by The Blob in collaboration with artists, researchers, organisations, and institutions in Sweden and internationally. The name “The Blob” is inspired by two elastic bodies: The childrens book character Barbapapa and the 1950s horror film, The Blob. Like Barbapapa, the organization is flexible and a problem-solver. But also like the frightful slim, The Blob has an inherent criticism, with its own agenda and integrity to counteract the contemporary political ideas around the flexible cultural entrepreneur. The Blob works with analyzing power structures and strives to use the intersectional perspectives, which means that The Blob as a name is also a statement, it is a formless body that can change sex and identity.

This time The Blob has been assisted by Anna Efraimsson and Tove Salmgren.

 

Anna Efraimsson works as a curator, producer, lecturer and dramaturge and runs The Blob since 2014. She is a senior lecturer in choreography with a specialization in curatorial practices at DOCH – School for Dance and Circus in Stockholm. She studied at Stockholm University’s Cultural Studies program, Études théatrales at Sorbonne in Paris, and at Icpp, Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University, USA. Efraimsson has previously worked at The Kitchen, Kulturhuset, Moderna Dansteatern, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Dance Program, and Mossutställningar. Efraimsson is also one of the founders of the feminist network W.I.S.P. together with Sandra Medina, Tove Sahlin and Johanna Skobe, as well as initiator of the International performing arts festival Perfect Performance together with Danjel Andersson.

 

Tove Salmgren works with performance, dance and choreography, as an initiator and collaborator in various artistic contexts and formats. She is active as a dancer, choreographer, curator and educator and has an MA in New Performative Practices from DOCH, Stockholm. Her artistic practice is about activating a critical discourse on subjectivity and power, which often happen through a laboratory mode of adressing hegemonic structures. She is involved in various artistic collaborations such as with The Blob (Anna Efraimsson), where play/institution/critique are being coupled, in the curatorial collaboration We happen things with the artists Manon Santkin and Moa Franzén and together with the artist Kajsa Wadhia she is runnning Köttinspektionen Dans, a platform and venue for experimental dance and choreography in Uppsala, Sweden.

 

Circles #4 – A full day with choreographed reading circles and performances at Köttis

Sunday the 3d of December 2017

12.00 – 14.00 Choreographed reading circle with Anna Bontha

14.30 – 16.30 Choreographed reading circle with Chloe Chignell

17.00 “one for all, all for one”, with and by Emilia Gasoirek och Sandra Liaklev Andersen

18.00  “SHANE ET AL.” with and by Ellen Söderhult with guests

Free admission, no booking required. In the breaks coffee, tea and snacks will be served in the foyer. Welcome!

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A full day with choreographed reading circles and performances at Köttis!

“one for all, all for one”

by Emilia Gasiorek and Sandra Liaklev Andersen

‘one for all, all for one’ deals with ways of co-existing, mirroring and being in (a)symmetry to our surroundings and to each other. It is a composition of bodily shapes, forms and geometry. We consider (a)symmetry as matters of perception and perspective, where two sides affirm each other and relate to a constructed core. Whilst knowing that the body is never really symmetrical, we are interested in creating a fiction that generates new ways of perceiving notions of spatial relations.

BIO EMILIA GASIOREK AND SANDRA LIAKLEV ANDERSEN

Emilia Gasiorek is a dancer and choreographer based in Copenhagen, but has worked in London for various choreographers and visual artists. She has worked with Yvonne Rainer, Eva Recacha and Pablo Bronstein. She is currently exploring feminist notions of being in relation to dance, and has recently co-curated ‘thecarrierbag festival’, an international festival held at Dansehallerne and DANSEatelier. Sandra Liaklev Andersen is a Norwegian dancer and choreographer also based in Copenhagen. She has worked with choreographers such as Camilla Stage, Julie Schmidt Andreassen and RISK. She is currently exploring different ways of relating to the internet through a feminist perspective. They are both co-founders of DANSEatelier, an artistic collective focusing on creating continuity and shared authorship in the exploration of dance and choreographical practices. It is a physical space in Valby and a collective of eleven dancers, choreographers and friends.

 

“SHANE ET AL.”

In an attempt to replace the figure of the hero with the figure of the choir, this choreographic adventure proposes two contact surfaces: a choreo-study performance and a choreo-study group. The choir has a history of backing up a soloist, but to sing as a choir can Also be to join in and temporary submit to being a part of a collective protagonist. Choir singing and choir dancing might even work as a camouflaging of the individual self, easing the burden of self-realization as well as performing, selling and improving the self or ideas about such a self required and normalized.  Singalong, scents, darkness and mist are other ingredients as well as big romantic gestures shifted out of context. With the choir as a temporary singing and dancing group, a body of many voices as one, dances and songs Will be studied, polyphonic dancing and choreographic singing explored.

 

BIO ELLEN SÖDERHULT

I am a dancer and choreographer that often work in different contellations of dance artists active and educated within contamporary dance. Contemporary dance for me is dance that is not only formed and informed by historical power structures, habit, pre-existing opinions and expectations about dance but which continually is reconstructed, takes on new forms and means of expression from a sense of urgency and a wish to influence, change and touch. I am of the opinion that the notion of contemporary art has been shaped by a repeatead elevation of the male, individual genious throughout history. Becuase of this I want to question that heritage, give value to and propose a view on art as collective and culture as an ongoing, shared innovation.

https://ellensoderhult.wordpress.com/

Köttinspektionen Dance

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The programme at Köttinspektionen Dans 2017 is led by a wish to facilitate processes and relations that contribute to artistic development and spontaneity. There is a lack of platforms and support for artistic research and processes without a finished/fixated product as an outcome. We want Köttinspektionen, as a space, to allow artistic practices to meet, develop and get challenged and therefore mainly invite artists with a process based practice, and works that can develop on site.

The programme this year consists of the series “Circles”, the Performance Art festival “Revolve”, and residencies with public presentations. The series “Circles” occurs on four occasions, one in spring and three during the autumn, and like last year, includes the workshop series “Choreographed Reading Circles” as well as performances.

 

WORKSHOP SERIES: Choreographed Reading Circles

We propose that reading together can be to dance together, and how we dance is structured as a workshop by a different choreographer/artist on each occasion. Together with the artists we investigate how their artistic methods can meet the familiar format of a reading circle. In asking what kind of choreography reading could be, we focus on reading as a doing. Our aim is to make possible a playful meeting right in between theory and practice; between what is said and done.

 

PERFORMANCES

Our guest performances offer the audience of Uppsala contemporary dance that playfully and courageously treats its audience as an irreplaceable part of the performance and an equal partner in discussion, and that challenges its own medium in order to formulate existential and political questions rather than presenting answers. The artists are invited to present their artistic practice in a format that feels relevant to them. We do not “book” a finished production, but rather invite the artist. In this way we want to enable the untested or crashed, but also that which needs to reappear or be repeated.

 

Köttinspektionen Dans is a performance venue and place for experimental dance and choreography in Uppsala, led by choreographers Tove Salmgren and Kajsa Wadhia. Köttinspektionen is an artist-run cultural centre located near the centre of Uppsala, and co-directed with the art collective HAKA and Teater C. The whole program see kottinspektionen.org

Kajsa Wadhia works in the fields of performance, text and choreography and holds an MA in New Performative Practices from DOCH, Stockholm. She places her artistic practice in the context of an over productive and accelerating society, and responds by turning exhaustion into resistance and anti-climax into fulfillment. Together with Maria Stiernborg, she forms the performance duo The Disengaged Free Jazz Orchestra, investigating anti-relational aesthetics, slowness, disorganisation and laziness as artistic tools and political resistance. Previously she co-directed and worked with performing arts collective Arena Baubo. She is co-directing Köttinspektionen Dans in Uppsala with Tove Salmgren.

Tove Salmgren works with performance, dance and choreography, as an initiator and collaborator in various artistic contexts and formats. She is active as a dancer, choreographer, curator and educator and has an MA in New Performative Practices from DOCH, Stockholm. Her artistic practice is about activating a critical discourse on subjectivity and power, which often happen through a laboratory mode of adressing hegemonic structures. She is involved in various artistic collaborations such as with The Blob (Anna Efraimsson), where play/institution/critique are being coupled, in the curatorial collaboration We happen things with the artists Manon Santkin and Moa Franzén and together with the artist Kajsa Wadhia she is runnning Köttinspektionen Dans, a platform and venue for experimental dance and choreography in Uppsala, Sweden.