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Choreography as affective and collective event

Choreography as affective and collective event
Ingri Midgaard Fiksdal

Norwegian Artistic Fellowship Programme
Start: 2013
Ongoing

Project summary
The focus of this research project is to explore choreography as a collective and affective event through the development of specific choreographic structures and strategies. My artistic aim is to create events that produce potential for new experiences, thoughts and ideas to occur. This aim is founded in a belief in art as a motor for change, through taking the role as “utterly useless” in a society where most other things have a given and known purpose. When confronted with something that doesn’t perform as expected or resists classification we have to look for new approaches, and in these moments of liminality there is potential for the unpredictable and unforeseen to occur.

My research will draw on four contested concepts in art and philosophy; the affective, the event, the collective and the role of the audience. I refer to these as the project’s thematic legacies. I aspire to contribute to the development of the field of choreography by building on, adding to and finding new connections between these concepts through my work.

My research questions are:

• How can particular choreographic structures and strategies make the events produced in this research collective and affective?
• In what ways can these events create potential for new experiences, thoughts and ideas to occur amongst audience and performers?

These questions will be explored through the development of a project-specific choreographic methodology, which combines theory and practise. The methodology includes the production of three large-scale choreographic events informed by research into the project’s thematic legacies and continuous critical reflection.

Ingri Fiksdal’s website

Alone Together

Students on the master course in choreography are launching ALONE TOGETHER – a web based presentation of choreographic research in the littoral zone in the centre of Oslo!

Through a four-week workshop ‘Siting choreography in the landscape’, the students have been working with these questions:

What insights of choreography in everyday life may be garnered through gaze and conversation when moving through littoral landscapes? What kinds of choreographic situations can be made when responding to this question on an everyday basis? How may these choreographic situations emerge, be practiced and conveyed to audiences?

Through their research the students have been working with the premise that their audiences and performers are anyone passing through or happening to occupy public sites. To underline this performer/spectator-relationship, the students have decided to use internet as platform for presenting the work.

Participants: Master students studying choreography at Oslo National Academy of the Arts: Karen Eide Bøen, Roza Moshtaghi, Shi Pratt, Simen Korsmo Robertsen, Kristian Støvind and Bente Alice Westgård.
Course leader: Amanda Steggell
Guest teachers: Per Platou and Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe.

Many thanks to Kystlaget Viken and The Maritime Cultural Heritage Centre who have helped out and hosted our course.

CLICK HERE to see Siting choreography in the landscape: ALONE TOGETHER

Mind, the gap

MTG_TAKASHIMind, the gap. Synaesthesia and contemporary live art practice
Amanda Steggell 2015

Research exposition commissioned by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.

Published in Research Catalogue – an international database for artistic research

About this exposition
Misuse can mean the crossing of wires, both literally or figuratively. “Mind, the Gap” (2005-07) is a practice-based research project dedicated to the development of collaborative, interdisciplinary, performative live artworks that are influenced by the notion of synaesthesia – the cross wiring of sensory perceptions. It was conducted within the framework of the Norwegian Artistic Fellowship Programme (previously called the National Programme for Research Fellowships in the Arts). The documentation of the project has been reconfigured for the purposes of the Research Catalogue. Apart from some small adjustments, the content remains the same as it was in 2007.

Siting choreography in landscape

– a basic choreographic research of littoral zones in Oslo’s inner city harbour area.
Based alongside the sea at The Maritime Cultural Heritage Centre, Akershustranda, Oslo.
April-May 2016.

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Memory map of sound and sight walks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What insights of choreography in everyday life may be garnered through gaze and conversation when moving through littoral landscapes? What kinds of choreographic situations can be made when responding to this question on an everyday basis? How may these choreographic situations emerge, be practiced and conveyed to audiences?

Participants:
Master students studying choreography at Oslo National Academy of the Arts: Karen Eide Bøen, Roza Moshtaghi, Shi Pratt, Simen Korsmo Robertsen, Kristian Støvind and Bente Alice Westgård.
Mentor, Amanda Steggell
Guest teachers, Per Platou (sound workshop). Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe (landscape, memory, complexity and simplicity of learning)

Methods/approaches:
Working alone, together (doing things/serious play)
Dailyness (how practice is organised from day to day)
Experimental geography (scripted/paranoid spaces, the character of a place  – eg.  Stephen Flusty’s taxonomies of urban spaces)
Sound/visual/imaginary walks and talks (in the moment)
Appropriation (eg. Michael Klein’s Choreography for Blackboards as a means of communication and documentation – past, present and future)
Archival investigations (eg. The library of the Maritime Cultural Heritage Centre)

Through their research the students have been working with the premise that their audiences and performers are anyone passing through or happening to occupy public sites. To underline this performer/spectator-relationship, the students have decided to use internet as platform for presenting the work.

Final outcome: ALONE TOGETHER

Foxtrot
Foxtrot, gramophone player, morse code
Shadow painting
Water grafitti: shadow painting with water on the quay side

Exhibiting Choreography

Speaking&building-bildeExhibiting Choreography – exploring transmission across disciplines and discourses
Eva Cecilie Richardsen

Norwegian Artistic Fellowship Programme
Start: 2011
Completion: 2016

Project summary
The project has evolved from questions on how to translate modes of production and display from one artistic domain into another in order to break with the divisive split between dance and visual art. Through its interdisciplinary approach, by mirroring the execution of time, form and conditions of an exhibition – the project invites us to look at the possibility of new beginnings, not as the right solution, but as a part of the process. The object is to renegotiate the potentiality of the performance as event and art object. Looking at choreography through the lens of visual art has been a strategy with an aim to propose a different way of approaching – another way of knowing – that is not about the work itself, but about the ramification of things.

Ingri Fiksdal: Lecture On methods

Time: 8th December 2015, 19.30 hrs
Place: Dramatikenshus, Oslo

Ingri Fiksdal will hold a lecture on methods as part of Dramatikens Hus, Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting (NCNP), Oslo. This lecture is part of NCNP’s seminar programme where stage artists are invited to talk about a topic they’re interested in.

She has invited the following guests to join her: Dancer, choreograph and writer Venke Sortland, research fellow at the Academy of Art Jesper Alvær, and MA choreography students at Oslo National Academy of the Arts: Karen Eide Bøen, Roza Moshtaghi, Shi Pratt, Simen Korsmo Robertsen, Kristian Støvind og Bente Alice Westgård.

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WORKING PRESENTATION – MA Choreography

Time: Thursday 10th December, 17.00 hrs
Duration: App. 1.5 hrs
Place: Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Stage 5

choreographersOn Thursday 10th December choreography students will present work developed in connection with a three-week workshop on choreographic methods. On the one hand the workshop sought to articulate what it is a choreographer does when doing what one does, and on the other to develop methods for future works. We have worked on articulating methods both as a tool for clarifying existing ways of working, and at the same as something that can be applied prescriptively to change or develop one’s own work.

By and with: Karen Eide Bøen, Roza Moshtaghi, Shi Pratt, Simen Korsmo Robertsen, Kristian Støvind and Bente Alice Westgård.
Welcome!

 

The workshop was part of a five week course ‘Atmosphere – let’s put it to the stage!’
Course leader: Amanda Steggell
Guest teachers: Bojana Cvejić and Ingri Fiksdal

Via various approaches the course addressed the shifting contexts of choreography today. Combining practical and theoretic activities while encountering various choreographic processes, practices and thinking, it aimed to critically explore the atmosphere of one’s own choreographic enquiry. Furthermore the course introduced issues of artistic research from a choreographic perspective (from within and beyond the ‘institutional’ sphere) and possible modes of conveying enquiry to a public.

 

We Bleed the Same Color

Shi Pratt (MA choreography) holds a free performance of We Bleed the Same Color

Date/time: 1-2  December 2015, 17.00 hrs
Duration: 30 min
Place: Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Stage 4
Everyone is welcome.

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We Bleed the Same Color sets the viewer wandering between references to body, relationships, power, and the beauty of having a spiritual or physical companion.

Two women move freely about a masculine space, playing with the ever morphing relationships between them. They continuously search for meaning and belonging, looking for symmetry and attachment in the other. Their search for trust is exposed in a series of images of inherent familiarity and attempted adaption.

By: Karlsen Pratt
Choreography: Shi Pratt
Dance: Zofia Jakubiec and Elisabeth Holth
Light design: Kyrre Heldal Karlsen
Costume: Shi Pratt og Zofia Jakubiec
Music design: Kashi Katt
Music: Kashi Katt, Mum, Mugison, Bjork, Funkstorung, Valley of the Sun.

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Karlsen Pratt
Shi Pratt