ropeSpace explores the relationship between a rope, choreography and architecture. In a seemingly functional manner two bodies thread a three-dimensional pathway towards and away from each other inside a shared spatial frame. As the density of the rope material increases, the apparent functionality of the work dissolves into a sequence of increasingly intimate gestures. Movements start to amplify relation rather than function, the fragility of mutual commitment rather than the determination of shared labour. What started out as almost abstract mapping of coordinates will end up as the weaving of a shared habitat. The material traces of the movements are left behind and give up their objective functionality, inviting for a renewed subjective engagement.

Choreography, Concept & Performance: QUARTO – Anna af Sillén de Mesquita and Leandro Zappala
Dramaturg: Igor Dobricic
Light design: Pol Matthé
Sound design: Philippe Boix-Vives
Video: Palle Lindqvist
Technical support: Tobias Hallgren
Marketing: Birna Bolladóttir Wallin/Bohm Bohm Room
Distribution: Koen Vanhove & Julia Asperska, Key Performance.

Co-produced by MDT. Supported by: The Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm’s Culture Committee, The Stockholm County Council and The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

About the ROPE Series (2011-2021)
Since 2011 QUARTO has been developing bodies of work that emerge in a series of long-term interdisciplinary research. Each part of the ROPE series deals with a thousand-meter long black rope, in three distinct ways. The first part explores the rope’s flux and continuous movement. This research resulted in Beauty of Accident (MDT Stockholm 2012), Durational Rope (Moderna Museet Stockholm 2014) and ROPE#1 (video 2013). The second part of the ROPE series focuses on the rope as a knot/mass/body. The stage performance Knot Body (MDT Stockholm 2016) unfolded into ROPE#2 (video 2017) and THISENTANGLEMENT (Moderna Museet Stockholm 2017). The third and last part of the ROPE series is being created during 2018-2020 and starts with the stage performance ropeSpace. Here QUARTO will explore the relations between the rope, choreography and architecture. In 2019-2020 ropeSpace will be transformed into an installation-performance for museums and galleries, and into a video piece, ROPE#3.