Ett koreografiskt verk "pågående"
Is everything outside the standard without value? When we meet the choreographers Malin Hellkvist Sellén and Minna Elif Wendin on stage in their new work, we get to both experience a conversation and a choreographic presentation. Be ready for a thought-provoking evening!
Malin Hellkvist Sellén and Minna Elif Wendin return to NorrlandsOperan with a new collaborative work centred around conversation: the conversation between Hellkvist Sellén and Elif Wendin, conversation in general and conversation with anyone at all. The work's creative process is unending and its result is not necessarily limited to what its audience sees on the stage. In their work on this new choreographic piece, its creators challenge choreographic conventions and the way dance is typically presented. Audiences can expect a truly thought-provoking experience!
Hellkvist Sellén and Elif Wendin describe their work this way: "Few things are as provocative as the futile; that which fails to satisfy the desire for an efficient course towards a set goal. We have placed ourselves in just such an unproductive position when it comes to both life and art. But does that mean that everything that falls outside of the boundaries of productivity is worthless?"
For one year, Malin and Minna have devoted their time to developing a non-productive creation. In doing so, they have enlisted the help of a perspex box, a portable room containing two chairs and a conversation about anything at all.
On one chair: Malin. Outside the door: Minna and a blackboard used to book times for conversations. The project's simple instructions are that anyone at all may enter the room and talk for 15 minutes about anything at all with Malin, "who works with choreography".
The conversations that occur both in and around the "box" form part of the work. The movement of people in and out of the box form part of its choreography.
Malin: "Basically, the only thing we have done during this period is been to talk. But our focus has not been to plan the piece as much as it has been to be in it; in the conversation."
Minna: "Critique has always been an anticipated aspect of Malin's work. This time, her work is perhaps more about sensing a critical situation."
Malin Hellkvist Sellén and Minna Elif Wendin have produced a number of works together that have been performed at NorrlandsOperan, including Inom rimliga gränser, Bättre folk, En kristen kväll and most recently, Rosa löften, which visited NorrlandsOperan during the autumn of 2012. Also during the autumn of 2012, the pair worked in residence at NorrlandsOperan, holding conversations in the perspex box inside Umeå City Library.
Idea, choreography: Malin Hellkvist Sellén
Choreographic artist: Minna Elif Wendin
Light design: Chrisander Brun
Assistent: Linda McAllister
Drawings: Elin Hallberg, Anneli Furmark, Helena Öström, Anna Classon
Documentation of Conversations: Helena Östrom, Josefin Larsson Olin
Conversation partners: everyone who took part in conversations held inside the box.
Production: Magnus Nordberg/Nordberg Movement, Malin Hellkvist Sellén
Co-production: Malin Hellkvist Sellén med NorrlandsOperan, Stora Teatern, MDT and Skeppsholmsstudion.
Supported by: Kulturrådet and Stockholms Kulturförvaltning.