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1 August 2014

New artist collaboration

Key Performance is proud to announce that it has started a collaboration with the artist Marlene Monteiro Freitas. More news will follow on this website later on.

Born in Mindelo, the cultural capital of Cape Verde, Marlene Monteiro Freitas co-founded a dance company there before attending P.A.R.T.S., the renowned Brussels school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. She pursued further studies in Lisbon, where she is currently based. Starting with her initial projects, she placed herself at a remove from schools and conventions. The adventures she plunged into as a dancer – notably with Emmanuelle Huynn, Loic Touzé, Boris Charmatz and Tânia Carvalho – already cheerfully tested the boundaries of choreography. She exploded those limits when she began to work as a choreographer, turning the body into an instrument of artistic subversion in works characterized by an extraordinary energetic display, with tableaux inhabited by hybrid beings in constant metamorphosis. She struck a chord with her trenchant imitation of Prince in (M)imosa, created in collaboration with Trajal Harrell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea. For her personal projects she has chosen the collective Bomba Suicida, whose name suggests that the artists must act like terrorists to survive. She already has a half dozen works to her credit, including the solo Guintche and her first ensemble piece Paraíso–colecção privada [Paradise - private collection]. Her latest work, de marfim e carne – as estátuas também sofrem [of marble and flesh - statues also suffer], was presented at the Montpellier Danse Festival this summer.

15 May 2014

AH/HA – creation by Voetvolk | Lisbeth Gruwez

After two years of continued touring with It’s Going to Get Worse and Worse and Worse, My Friend, the Belgian choreographer/dancer Lisbeth Gruwez and her company Voetvolk are now preparing a new piece titled AH/HA.

Five bodies meet at a locale without a name, perhaps even in the middle of the night. On the rhythm of the circumstances they slowly grow towards one another, the way trash sometimes gathers in a deserted street. But their synergy confers unexpected power on them. They coalesce in one of the most expressive manifestations of humankind: laughter. Resulting in an encounter that becomes a dangerous feast of shared ecstacy.

With AH/HA, Voetvolk moves on to the cutting edge of its investigation of the ecstatic body. The performance explores the wealth of plastic variations of the laughing body, making its physical and psychic impact tangible for the viewer.

AH/HA is the first group performance of Voetvolk.

The premiere of AH/HA is planned at the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis in Paris on 13 & 14 June 2014.

May 2014

Poste Restante in Gothenburg

After last year’s presentations in Stockholm (MDT) and Helsinki (Baltic Circle Festival), the Swedish art collective Poste Restante is now preparing a third series of Civilization and Its Discontents (part I) for the city of Gothenburg. The Gothenburg version of Civilization and Its Discontents (part I) will take place at Göteborgs Konsthall from 22 until 25 May 2014.

Civilization and Its Discontents (part I) is an interactive performance based on Sigmund Freud’s essay of the same name. During a 2,5 hour conference the individual visitor is given the possibility to examine her/his personal relationship to the themes of power, desire and responsibility, with the common goal of achieving a utopian community. Civilization and Its Discontents is a process work by Poste Restante, which is to result in a diptych performance. Part I is now on its third cycle of staging. The process investigates the validity of Freud’s stipulated dilemma of modernity – the only thing that holds civilization together is the repression of desire, witch ultimately makes us discontent. Freud’s work is brought in to serve as a starting point to further explore the problematic desire for a communion with others, while being unwilling to compromise oneself.

February 2014

LOITERING WITH INTENT: A Feast of Research

Key Performance is currently coordinating a major artistic research event in Stockholm – Loitering with Intent: A Feast of Research, which will be held on 5-7 March 2014.

Loitering with Intent brings together Stockholm University of the Arts (Uniarts) and the Society for Artistic Research (SAR) to explore formats for sharing knowledge that emerge from artistic research practices.

The event will inaugurate Uniarts’ new premises at Linnégatan 87 in central Stockholm. This distinctive building will be the centre of the three-day event spanning three floors. The days will be framed through the artist collective Poste Restante and offer the participants a variety of presentation formats, including performances and exhibitions of research projects, installations focusing on the readings of the Journal for Artistic Research, workshops analysing contributions, reviewing the reviews, and reflecting on how the networks forming in Artistic Research could work for the community. There will be speed dating about getting on, in and with research.


January 2014

Congratulations Jefta van Dinther who is the recipient of the Swedish Dance Critics Association’s Dance Award 2013!

The jury’s motivation: “Jefta van Dinther has in a short amount of time gone from intimate and intensive works to a grand format with Plateau Effect for Cullberg Ballet. The individuals become parts of a strikingly visual living organism. The rhythmic breathing and the generous approach towards the different disciplines of a stage performance embody “new choreography” making the movement into visual art, bathed in intricate light, while still being open for interpretation.”


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