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

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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.



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