Brynjar Åbel Bandlien, Research Fellow

My project aims to develop an analyzing method that I have been working on over the last ten years. This method can be used in artistic research processes within the field of dance and choreography. When a creative process has become fully underway, certain situations, events, actions and movements can be recognized as recurrent within the process. I call these Recurrences. Rather than being created or produced these recurrences manifest or fall out of the dance practice. Once they have been recognized they can be understood and pursued in the process and the final performance.

The artistic aim is to follow artistic processes in this way, seeking the potential for new experiences and ideas as well as to develop the methodology based on the practice. This aim is founded on my own experience as a creative dancer in the work of several internationally acknowledged choreographers and dance makers over the last fifteen years.

My research questions

  • How can the methodology of recurrences become a way of implicitly understand an artistic project?
  • Could working with recurrences become a practice and an artistic work in and of itself?

These questions will be explored following four processes over the course of three years, starting from practice and from there moving on to analysis. I approach recurrences both as a practice and as a method because within dance and choreography the mind and body are inseparable.

This research is initiated by recent developments in the field of dance and choreography, so as yet, little written material on the topic of recurrences currently exist. This method, however, has been present in several artistic processes in which I have participated over the last decade and has revealed a potential that may be developed both as a methodology and as an artistic practice.

The methodology of recurrences will result in a final publication of the findings informed by the artistic processes. The practice will result in three public performances/presentations. These results can, as the best possible outcome, be of use in other artistic processes.

Recurrences will take place within the context of a larger research project; Amphibious Trilogies by Amanda Steggell, professor of choreography at the Academy of dance. Steggell brings together researchers from the fields of choreography, interdisciplinary design and sociology, and her project is potentially of international interest.