Splendour
Stina Nyberg
A day of live creation and performance

DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation), London

Friday 25 September 2015, Free
Live Creations: 2-5pm 
Performance: 7pm


Dance Art Foundation Artistic Director Joe Moran continues his Why Everyone Wants What We’ve Got research project in partnership with DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation).

Together they have challenged Swedish choreographer Stina Nyberg (The Knife, Cullberg Ballet) to make choreographic thinking and the agency of dance artists visible in the gallery. In response, Nyberg presents Live Creations: Dancing/Talking, an afternoon of live choreographic inquiry and the UK premiere of Splendour.

Live Creations:
Dancing/Talking
Fri 25 Sept, 2-5pm
Free; audience/attenders may come for all or part of the afternoon

Live Creations
transforms DRAF’s new performance space into a site of the live creation. Stina Nyberg and dancers expose their choreographic practices up close to offer an insight into the embodied critical knowledge, thinking and agency at the heart of contemporary dance production. Dance Art Foundation Artistic Director Joe Moran joins Nyberg and dancers in dialogue on the unfolding choreographic inquiry, contributing to its discourse, realisation and implications.

‘Dancing/Talking proposes a systematic method to think about the doings of life through the practice of the dancer. Insisting on embodying the approach of the dancer we create a know-how that is inseparable from the particularity of the practice. Dancing is...  a time where the actual doing, the dancing, theorizes and defines itself. We say no to choreography, to performing and to training. Talking is... a time where the actual doing, the talking, theorizes and defines itself. We say yes to the training of talking, the performance of the panel talk and the choreography of the conversation’- Stina Nyberg




Performance:

Splendour
Fri 25 Sept, 7pm

Free; however, booking required: info@davidrobertsartfoundation.com

Splendour is a choreography that focuses on the body’s relationship to sound and how illusions of different causalities are created through actions and reactions. The piece is created through a daily “techno dance practice”, which is to dance the album Archive One by Dave Clarke from beginning to end. Bound by the most banal relationship to music and by an attempt to avoid all interpretation, elaboration or creativity as such, the performers anticipate the music in order to do the sounds. The practice is strictly formulated through tasks relating to this doing, and in rehearsal no discussions are held concerning individual interpretation or performance.

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Stina Nyberg lives in Stockholm where she makes and performs choreography. Her choreographic practice is related to the possibility to create through conviction and illusion new systems of logic in order to be able to construct the world differently, and act accordingly. Her departure point is always a feminist approach to the body; its social and political construction and ability to move.

Nyberg is the choreographer of the live concert Shaking the Habitual by the Swedish band The Knife and performed in the show which toured Europe and USA in 2013-2014. Several of her works investigates the non-hierarchical relation between the performance of sound and movement, such as The Way Sounds Attack (2010),  Loudspeaking (2011), Orkestern (2012), Tones & Bones (for the Cullberg Ballet, 2014) and the latest work Splendour (2014). Her solo work Horrible Mixtures (2014), made in collaboration with Andros Zins-Browne, is a choreographic seance departing from a sceptics interest in spirituality. Nyberg have for several years collaborated with the Swedish choreographers Amanda Apetrea, Nadja Hjorton, Halla Ólafsdóttir and Zoë Poluch, investigating dance history from a feminist perspective.

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Venue/ gallery information:
DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation)
Symes Mews
London NW1 7JE

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Splendour is co-curated by David Roberts Art Foundation and Joe Moran, Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation, as part of his Why Everyone Wants What We've Got project. It is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Swedish Arts Council and performed by Nadja Hjorton, Sidney Leoni, Maryam Nikandish, Stina Nyberg, Zoë Poluch and Rebecka Stillman. Photography: Casper Hedberg