Determined yet tired, humoristic yet dark, visionary yet dystopian - the performance what comes through collects fragments, seeks contact and passes by. It's as much yours as it is ours together and through a setting of voluntary interactivity it is an intimate exploration of movement, sound, vision, objects and space. Movement travels through, and is made up by, different digital and analogue mediums that together form more or less consistent stories that are ongoing, multiple and enclosing.
The choreographic material is created connecting to textures and shapes found in the different room(s) and environments of the process, physical and virtual. OR has taken inspiration from art in the Art Museum in Skövde and explored the dancer's embodied memories of movement patterns and emotions connected to the process, with an open flow of what comes through. In collaboration with a 2D – and 3D-designer they have explored creating digital choreographic experiences, as well as produced a dance film where the outcome circles back to the live performance. OR’s interdisciplinary work creates a curious and well rounded artistic space and delves into the dark, the visionary, the dystopian, humoristic, presence and moments of intimate connection.
This piece can be shown in a regular stage setting or in multiple rooms. The piece is built with 2-4 dancers/performers, animated projections as well as an art film connected to the piece with a sound design that deepens the immersion of the piece. We could also offer a VR and AR installation prior to, during, or after the showing. For a stage setting the audience is invited close to the performers (depending on venue), preferably surrounded by speakers. In the multiple rooms version, the audience moves freely in an exhibition format between 2-4 rooms choosing what to experience and when, and is thus co-choreographing their own experience. This can be a dialogue with the venue and we have established a flexibility in the structure of the piece which makes changes possible regarding what technique is available as well as possibilities for the seating of the audience. We are open to, and would love to, fit this piece into your site or venue.
Our scenography is made out of hard paper and offers the possibility of dismantling, flying them out and picking them together again. Another way is if we structure the piece somewhat differently. This will take some dialogue beforehand and can be made possible either without or with less scenography.
"In an epic undertaking the performers aesthetically changed the museum space by incorporating animation, digital movement and video footage which all complimented the permanent works of art already exhibited. However, my anticipation slowly built up while I observed the dancers collaborate as they prepared for the premier! Every single movement impersonated the thoughtfully selected space - it was almost as if the room and the art were coming to life! I found myself taking a mental journey thinking about the relationship between art history and dance, and the space that Ongoing Realities will have within a framework for understanding the marriage and influence between art and dance and subsequently dance and art. This was a multiple sensory experience that was not necessarily a dance performance but rather dancers expressing an intimate dialogue with the museum (and even the art works). Ongoing Realities represents an evolving exhibition that portrays how a body in motion is a powerful artistic expression! "- Cecily Fergusen, Art Curator.
Concept, choreography & directing: Anna Näsström & Johan Bandholtz
Dancers & performance artists: Alexander Dam, Bianca Traum, Yared Tilahun Cederlund, Anna Näsström & Johan Bandholtz
Sound design: Rosanna Gunnarsson & Alexander Zethson
2D– och 3D animation: Emal Ghouse
VR-programming: Vincent Wong
AR-design: Yuvia Maini
Costume design: Demeanour designs
Video artist for trailer and art film o n e: Tanne Willow
Light design: Jonas Holst
With support from: Riksteatern production residency, Riksteatern Väst, Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Swedish Arts Council, Rum för dans & Teater Halland, The Art Museum in Skövde, University of Skövde
Pressphoto: Tony Hultén, mua; Frida Perzon
Premier photos: Hugo Andersson
Also thank you to: Fryshuset Danscenter Sthlm, Danscentrum Residens Sthlm
Contact Anna Näsström, Johan Bandholtz | email@example.com | IG: @ongoingrealities