Art of Spectra
"Peter Svenzon and Art of Spectra`s artistic expression imbued with a strong physicality and direct communication with the audience. Together with dancer and artist Ulriqa Fernqvist, he works towards an expanded, multi-faceted expression, with dance, theatre, music and graphic art melting into a new hybrid form to reach almost cinematographic quality. "
Since its inception in 1998, Choreographer and composer Peter Svenzon has created over 40 works for the company and collaborated with a substantial number of artists, musicians, directors and actors from many differing theatrical genres.
Together with dancer and artist Ulriqa Fernqvist, both with backgrounds in music and dance, he have with the formation of Art of Spectra, searched for an open multi-facetted form of expression where dance, theatre, music and graphic art become a new hybrid form of theatre with a quality almost within the realms of the cinematographic sphere.
AOS work contains visual and conceptual connections with the 1960’s experimental work of those such as Robert Ashley, John Cage and Yvonne Rainer. Svenzon’s early life as hip-hop dancer, interest in martial arts and his musical compositions push the envelope of early 60’sradicalism even further. His language is informed by this subculture and alternative scene and the cross fertilization of past and present modernism ties together two apparently disparate worlds into a new meaningful idiom.
His own musical compositions, often electronic in form, provide the basis onto which invited musicians can play in real time. The company has placed great importance on its peripatetic collaborations and residences both at home and abroad.
AOS has in recent years toured extensively internationally, hosting residencies and more. Modes of expression develop and widen, new impulses are acted on, impressions change and are processed in a new practice which deals not only with the choreographic language but also includes fieldwork and research in the form of interviews and documentation in both words and pictures.
Art of Spectra have had regular support and funding since -99, by Swedish Arts Council, Cultural Department of Stockholm and Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
In 2013, Peter and Ulriqa Fernqvist were honoured with the prestigious award; STENA FOUNDATION CULTURE PRICE