Circles #2 Beauty and the Beast and Choreographed reading circle

Circles #2

Sunday 15th of Oktober 2017

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

17.00 – ca 18.30 “DEAD” by and with Beauty and the Beast

Free admission

Booking is recommended due to very limited amount of seats.

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DEAD 2017 Photo: Marta Thisner

Choreographed reading circle with Frida Sandström 

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, fumbling…

When we get closer to the circle with Frida, she will give some hints about what will happen, and this will be updated here on the website.

Our thought on what a choreographed reading circle is about: 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.


“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.



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