STEAM ROOM at Kulturnatten

dragOn aka PONY by STEAM ROOM at Kulturnatten

Saturday 10th of September at 7 pm

Free admission. No booking.

As spaces are limited, please arrive in good time to get your ticket.

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Photo by Sonja Stavrova 1

dragON aka PONY is the first work of the project dragON, a choreographic trilogy coauthored by Aleksandar Georgiev, Zhana Pencheva and Darío Barreto Damas, (aka STEAM ROOM). The project deals with the protest and celebration body in dragging scene, exploring their relation within dance and choreography.

dragON aka PONY is a choreographic work that presents a playground charged with multiple dance references from the past and present, arriving from Western and Eastern Europe, creating a space of constant transition, unfolding intimacy and exposing humble co-existence. Within a frame of contemporary POP, the work revives geometrical choreography through the prism of classicism and the usage of  folklore as a ritualistic form. dragON aka PONY has a little bit of Isadora and a lot of MTV or VH1.

Dance, choreography, performance: Aleksandar Georgiev, Zhana Pencheva and Darío Barreto Damas aka STEAM ROOM

Music: Tsvetan Momchilov

Costumes, stage: Ralitza Toneva

Graphics: Gjorgji Despodov

Co-produced with: Garage Collective, Brain Store Project and Nomad Dance Academy Slovenija

Supported by: Creative Crossroads in the framework of the Life Long Burning project supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria, National Cultural Fund of Bulgaria, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana – Department of Culture, Konstnärsnämnden (International Exchange Grant), I-portunus (Funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union), Zagrebachki Plesni Centar, BAZAAR festival, Youth Cultural Center Burgas, Hamalogika, Era of Aquarius Festival, Performance Room, Moving Body Festival, DNK – space for contemporary dance and performance, JSKD – Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities, VIZ!, Jasmin.bg, Kafene.bg, LoveTheater.bg

STEAM ROOM (North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Spain, Sweden) is an artistic team within the field of choreography and dance. The team is formed by Aleksandar Georgiev – Ace, Zhana Pencheva and Darío Barreto Damas, three choreographers/dancers actively operating locally and internationally. STEAM ROOM is formed out of the wish to facilitate conditions and environments that contribute to the development of the work in the field of choreography and dance in different localities, with an intrinsic international vision. STEAM ROOM aims to open spaces for reflection and wider critical knowledge through artistic work and cultural initiatives. STEAM ROOM was formed in 2018 and until now they have produced two artistic works,(dragON aka PONY and dragON aka PHOENIX as part of the choreographic trilogy dragON), and initiated cultural programs focused on discursive and critical practices, the dialogue between artists-art-audience, research, artistic residencies and emerging artists throughout the institution project ICC (Imaginative Choreographic Center).

In 2018 STEAM ROOOM started a choreographic trilogy named dragON. The trilogy follows a main conceptual line initiated by Aleksandar and Zhana in their previous work: to look upon the celebration body as a protest body and vice versa. dragON focuses on drag practices, exploring and displaying dancing and choreographic playgrounds where the team questions: how can we drag dance and choreography? For the residency the team are planning to work with the last part of the trilogy – dragON forever. In this work they are interested in exploring the practice of lip-syncing applied to dance and choreography. The initial trigger is the gap or space created in between the actual played song and the lips performance, or in other words between the mimic singing and the song being mimicked. Can we dance within that gap? What would be a lip-synced choreography? The understanding of dance and choreography as popular practices accompanies the three works of the trilogy.

https://steamroomteam.wordpress.com/about/

Revolve Corporeality at Köttinspektionen: Choreo-vocal dialogues

Köttinspektionen May 6-7 : “Choreo-vocal dialogues”

About the whole festival program and tickets, read more here

Festival pass for all performances here (with exception for the workshop with Miyuki Inoue which need a separate ticket).

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Choreo-vocal dialogues

This year’s programme at Köttinspektionen brings attention to the sounding body in the intersection between vocality and choreography. It is interlinked by feminist critique investigating how body and voice intertwine in the formation of one another. The programme brings together artists that investigate different vocal materialities and horizons; through the use of breath, choreography and singing. Curated by Köttinspektionen dans in collaboration with Moa Franzén. Below follows the program at Köttinspektionen. For the full festival program and tickets go to www.revolveperformanceart.se

 

Miyuki Inoue (JP/NL)
Site-Specific Singing (workshop)

Fredag/Friday 6 maj, 17.00-19.00 Tickets here
Lördag/Saturday 7 maj, 17.00-19.00 Tickets here

Miyuki Inoue has been practicing Site-Specific Singing in various locations, such as a church, tunnel, staircase, playground, and in nature. Utilizing location specific echoes, reverbs and room compositions, and sometimes using found objects, she uses, moves and places voice(s) in relation to her observation of the space. The workshop starts from vocal warm up and then she suggests participants to interact with the Köttinspektionen’s rooms and objects, by use of their own voice. At the end we will make a collective Site-Specific Singing piece.

Cara Tolmie (GB), Em Silén (SE)
Circularly Tender, Lilt Resplendent

Lördag/Saturday 7 maj, 20.00-20.45 Tickets here

The performance plays with a practice of sounding on both the inhale and exhale, vocal imaginaries and self-soothing touch with the aim to displace vocality towards and through parts of the body extraneous to the mouth. As voice builds slowly through acute attention to breath, inclination, pleasure and circulation the practice becomes a multisensory listening exercise for the performers. A space prised open where acute sensitivity and tenderness can be valued as a skill. 

Moa Franzén, Tove Salmgren, Kajsa Wadhia (SE)
When dancing was done with the lungs

Lördag/Saturday 7 maj, 21.00-21.45 Tickets here

When dancing was done with the lungs is a choreography that explores the body’s movements in relation to the voice, where vocal expressions become physical, become dance. Based on breathing as a choreographing method, we move through vocal expressions crossing the social and ideological boundaries of what has been labeled animalistic, hysterical and barbaric. What kind of body appears in the borderland of the human voice? What ethics and affect arise from seeing, listening, interpreting and being close to this body?

 

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Miyuki Inoue (JP/NL) is a visual artist from Matsue in Japan. Her studies include MFA from Master of Voice department of Sandberg Institute and exchange study at Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. Since 2016 she is based in Amsterdam. She makes performative installations that she is a part of, or performance (which can be without viewers), workshops, sound/voice-related work, sculpture and drawing. She is intrigued by ever-changing process-based expressions. So, site-specific and participatory aspects are important in the work. Voice is one of the media she works with often. She likes to sing in mountains, concrete buildings, tunnels and such with different audio characters. In her work she tries to unlearn vocal habits that we learn from society and amplify the voice in different ways. Exploring in nature/city, finding objects/environments that produce different acoustic features and meeting with vocal practitioners are important stimuli for her practice. www.inouemiyuki.com

Cara Tolmie (GB) works from within the intersections of performance-making, experimental music and the moving image. Her works have been performed and exhibited widely at art galleries, music festivals, biennials, conferences and in the public space both as solo presentations and collaborative projects. The practice at large centres itself upon the voice, the body and the complex ties between the two. All at once subjective as well as socially determined, she explores voice and body as two codependent entities able to confirm as well as contradict one another. Within this there is keen attention paid to the role of listening, both as a practice witnessed by the onlooker and a relationship between the performer and audience member. Cara is currently a doctoral candidate in Critical Sonic Practice at Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, conducting artistic research project Listening to the Displaced Vocal Body. This research looks to performative, vocal and choreographic methods that seek to disturb the continuity between a voice and the body which produces that voice.

Em Silén (SE) is an elusive musician and performer, characterised by her restless experimentality. With a practice varied in style and expression, she deep dives into emotional states and carves them out. In addition to her solo project, rip ME, Em is also a happy collaborator to be found around many of the strange and obscure settings for music-related expressions. Ems work also incorporates poetic and essayic writing.

Moa Franzén (SE) is an artist, writer and choreographer. Her practice also includes the roles of editor, dramaturge, pedagogue and curator. Franzén holds a MFA in New Performative Practices from Stockholm University of Arts. Franzén’s practice encircles choreography and writing as interrelated practices, with a special interest in voice as performative material and expression. Her performance pieces has been shown at MDT, Fylkingen, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Marabouparken, Weld, Köttinspektionen Dans among many others. In recent years she has collaborated with Tove Salmgren and Kajsa Wadhia as a performance trio, and with artist Cara Tolmie. 

Kajsa Wadhia (SE) works as an artist, curator and teacher in the fields of performance and choreography. She works with Maria Stiernborg as the performance duo The Disengaged Free Jazz Orchestra, currently exploring magic spells, speculative fiction and material ecocriticism in the project Spells and Compost. She also collaborates with Tove Salmgren and Moa Franzén in a trio exploring choreo-vocal methods and materials together. In 2019 she initiated “Spekulativa Juntan with Maria Stiernborg, Mariana Suikkanen Gomes and Anna Kinbom, an artistrun initiative combining reading circles of specualtive feminism with collective craft. Since 2016 she co-directs Köttinspektionen dans together with Tove Salmgren. Between 2007-2014 she was a member and artistic director of the feminist performing arts collective Arena Baubo. www.kajsawadhia.com

Tove Salmgren (SE) works as an artist, choreographer, curator and educator, and has an MFA in choreography from New Performative Practices, Stockholm University of the Arts, 2015. As a choreographer and curator, she is interested in aesthetic experiments that challenge boundaries and understanding of what art is and can do. She seeks alternative narratives and acts of resistance through dialogue with her context: the relationships, materials, ideas, practices and forms that she encounters in the role of host or guest. Tove works with solo formats and artistic collaborations, such as through the performance trio (with Moa Franzén and Kajsa Wadhia) presented at Revolve Corporeality 2022, where the group explores the voice as choreographic materiality and politics through curatorial and publishing strategies as well as in the performance piece “When dancing was done with the lungs”(2022). Since 2016, she curates and directs Köttinspektionen dans together with Kajsa Wadhia.  Tove is employed as a Lecturer of Choreography in Performative Practices at Stockholm University of the Arts. www.tovesalmgren.se 

 

Revolve Performance Art Days Uppsala

Revolve Corporeality May 5-7

Full programme and tickets

 

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Revolve Corporeality

May 5-7

Revolve Performance Art Days 2022 returns, lively and full of desire, after two canceled festivals. The festival now focuses attention on the living body and all its realities and metamorphoses, and how the bodily experience carries and speaks its own truth. Utopian ideas about the body strike against reality and reality strikes against the body. From that gap amorphous responses seep out – maladjusted, playful, poetic – revolting against the norms and limitations that the larger body of society promotes and defends.

Revolve Performance Art Days 2022 returns, lively and full of desire, after two canceled festivals. The festival now focuses attention on the living body and all its realities and metamorphoses, and how the bodily experience carries and speaks its own truth. Utopian ideas about the body strike against reality and reality strikes against the body. From that gap amorphous responses seep out – maladjusted, playful, poetic – revolting against the norms and limitations that the larger body of society promotes and defends.

Revolve Performance Art Days is an annual festival for performance art in Uppsala since the start 2016. The festival is organized by:

Uppsala Konsert & Kongress  /  Uppsala Stadsteater  /  Uppsala Konstmuseum  /  Botaniska Trädgården  /  Köttinspektionen dans

Tickets, full programme and information about all the performances in the festival: www.revolveperformanceart.se

 

Residencies 2022

Residencies 2022

Siriol Joyner (17 January – 13 Februrary 2022)

STEAM ROOM – Aleksandar Georgiev – Ace, Zhana Pencheva and Darío Barreto Damas (5 September – 2 October 2022)

Information about the open call  here

Köttis dans Open Call Residencies 2022

For our next seasons 2022 we are extremely happy and proud to announce the artists that was chosen from an open call for our new, longer residences. 

In January/February we will have the privilege to meet and work with the choreographer Siriol Joyner, and in September/October the artistic team STEAM ROOM, a collaboration between the dancers and choreographers Aleksandar Georgiev, Darío Barreto Damas and Zhana Pencheva. 

The selection was made by a jury composed of Alba Folgado (independent curator and artist), Maipelo Gabang (choreographer and PHD student SKH), and with us who curates and leads the program, Tove Salmgren and Kajsa Wadhia (Köttinspektionen dans). 

During the residencies there will be public moments to open up the artistic process for the public. For example, at one point the artists will host a workshop, dates will be announced here and on our website. Let us know if you want to subscribe for further information about the activities: info@kottinspektionen-dans.se

Information about the artists and their residencies:

Siriol Joyner

STEAM ROOM

STEAM ROOM Residency

STEAM ROOM – Aleksandar Georgiev, Darío Barreto Damas and Zhana Pencheva

5 september – 2 oktober

 

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STEAM ROOM at Performance Situation Room, (Life Long Burning program). Photo by Tara Ivanišević

STEAM ROOM (North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Spain, Sweden) is an artistic team within the field of choreography and dance. The team is formed by Aleksandar Georgiev – Ace, Zhana Pencheva and Darío Barreto Damas, three choreographers/dancers actively operating locally and internationally. STEAM ROOM is formed out of the wish to facilitate conditions and environments that contribute to the development of the work in the field of choreography and dance in different localities, with an intrinsic international vision. STEAM ROOM aims to open spaces for reflection and wider critical knowledge through artistic work and cultural initiatives. STEAM ROOM was formed in 2018 and until now they have produced two artistic works,(dragON aka PONY and dragON aka PHOENIX as part of the choreographic trilogy dragON), and initiated cultural programs focused on discursive and critical practices, the dialogue between artists-art-audience, research, artistic residencies and emerging artists throughout the institution project ICC (Imaginative Choreographic Center).

About the artists work at Köttinspektionen:

In 2018 we started a choreographic trilogy named dragON. The trilogy follows a main conceptual line initiated by Aleksandar and Zhana in their previous work: to look upon the celebration body as a protest body and vice versa. dragON focuses on drag practices, exploring and displaying dancing and choreographic playgrounds where the team questions: how can we drag dance and choreography?

In the first work of the trilogy, dragON aka PONY, we immersed balkan folklore within the set up of a ball room, (conceptually and aesthetically); disidentifying and transforming the principles which rule this specific moving frame or condition by using drag technologies applied to dance and choreography such as the practice of “realness”: the embodiment of a status, an expertise or a sentiment that by identity, political or cultural reasons are not linked at first with your persona. dragON´s second work, dragON aka PHOENIX, focuses on the practice of reading: a drag ritual where insults are addressed with sharpness to expose the obvious things that nobody dares to point out. (It is important to clarify that reading is a practice of communal care rather than a violent act). In this project we ask: how can we read dance and choreography? Borrowing methodologies and structures from musical theatre due to its inherent literalness, we constructed a work that reads all its flaws out loud.

At the Köttinspektionen Dans residency we will work with the last part of the trilogy, dragON forever. In this work we are interested in exploring the practice of lip-syncing applied to dance and choreography. Our initial trigger is the gap or space created in between the actual played song and the lips performance, or in other words between the mimic singing and the song being mimicked. Can we dance within that gap? What would be a lip-synced choreography? 

The understanding of dance and choreography as popular practices accompanies the three works of the trilogy.

 

STEAM ROOM biographies

Aleksandar Georgiev – Ace is a choreographer/cultural worker. He has been part of formal and no-formal educational programs such as NOMAD, SPAZIO, DanceWeb, 50 Days Fly Low and Passing Through and Critical Practice program (3rd generation). He graduated at the Master program in Choreography at DOCH, Stockholm, in 2014. He has been exploring nomadic approaches in terms of working base, constantly replacing himself, but it is in the last 4 years when, while working, he defined four places he considers home/locality, (Stockholm, Sofia, Skopje and Tenerife). Lately he initiated the choreographic research CO-series. The research works with different artistic practices and methods exploring the ideas of co-existence, hyper and holography through the prism of dance and choreography.He is member of NGOs such as Lokomotiva (North Macedonia), Garage Collective (Bulgaria) and Interimkultur (Sweden). He is also a member of the network NOMAD (Balkan countries).

Darío Barreto Damas is a Canarian freelance dancer working in the field of dance and choreography. Darío is based in Sofia, Skopje, Stockholm and Tenerife. His education takes place at Teatro Victoria, Tenerife; Institut del Teatre, Barcelona and DOCH, Stockholm. Darío has worked with Cullberg as a guest dancer and ccap / c.off, (lead by Cristina Caprioli), Aleksandar Georgiev and Ofelia Jarl Ortega among others. Throughout his work, Darío focuses in the emancipation/independency of dance and in spaces of de-contextualisations/dis-identifications. Darío is co-creator, with Aleksandar Georgiev and Zhana Pencheva, of the artistic team STEAM ROOM and the cultural project institution ICC (Imaginative Choreographic Center). Darío is member of the NGOs Lokomotiva (North Macedonia), Interimkultur (Sweden), Garage Collective (Bulgaria), PiedeBase (Canarias) and TenerifeLAV (Tenerife).

Zhana Pencheva is a dancer and choreographer based in Bulgaria. She graduated,(Bachelor and Master), in Dance and Theatre in New Bulgarian University, Sofia. With strong interests around body and movement, she continued her education through series of workshops and non formal programs such as Nomad Dance Academy and DanceWeb. She is co-founder of Garage Collective, Sofia, a member of Nomad Dance Academy – Bulgaria and member of the board of Hamalogika, Burgas. As a performer, she is actively collaborating with Dune Dance Company, Bulgaria. She works pedagogically with groups of different constellations and needs, focusing her teaching around dance technique and choreographic structures. Artistically she is interested in the potential of the body as a moving structure and the role emotions play within it. In her last solo work, “Six love songs”, (prized by Tri3avisim 2018, Bulgaria, and nominated for IKAR prize 2020 in the category “Contemporary dance and performance”, Bulgaria), she is exploring pop figures in contemporary culture and the identification of self in performative contexts. Her latest fascination is pole dance.

Köttinspektionen dance

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Köttinspektionen Dans 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.

ACCESSIBILITY AT KÖTTINSPEKTIONEN

Köttinspektionen offers hearing loop, contact us before your visit. The premises are largely accessible for wheelchair and permobile use, as they are located on the ground floor. Unfortunately the space is lacking accessible toilets. We are working on getting permission to build one.

All of the programme is free of charge. Welcome!

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 the theatre group Uppsalas fria teater.

The whole program see kottinspektionen.org

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Kajsa Wadhia works as an artist and curator in the fields of performance, text and choreography and holds an MA in New Performative Practices from DOCH, Stockholm University of the Arts, 2015. Together with Maria Stiernborg she forms the performance duo ”The Disengaged Free Jazz Orchestra” developing an experimental artistic practice dealing with neoliberal capitalism, precarious working conditions and the artist as worker. Between 2007-2014, she worked with, and co-directed the performing arts collective Arena Baubo. Since 2016 she co-directs Köttinspektionen Dans with Tove Salmgren, an artist run platform for experimental dance and performance practices.

Tove Salmgren (SE) is a dancer, choreographer, curator and educator. As a dancer she has been active in the scene of experimental dance and choreography since 2002, and since 2015 she has an MA in choreography from SKH.  As a choreographer she’s interested in activating spaces which resist and trouble hegemonic understandings of the social, self, relation, knowledge and art, through performative experiments. Her solo and group works often carries a curatorial approach, as in “We happen things” (with Moa Franzén and Manon Santkin), in collaborations with “The Blob” (with Anna Efraimsson), and when co directing Köttinspektionen Dans, together with the artist Kajsa Wadhia – a platform and venue for experimental dance and performance in Uppsala, Sweden. Since 2018 she forms a performance trio together with Moa Franzén and Kajsa Wadhia exploring the voice as physical materiality and choreographic tool, currently working on a production through residencies at MDT and Weld, Stockholm, with upcoming performances at Art Lab Gnesta and Weld. Since 2017 she is a Lecturer in Perfomative Practices at Stockholm University of the Arts.