Premiere (in collaboration with Dansens Hus)
NB! Extra performances on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September at 16.00.
“It’s basically about Fiksdal´s exploration of the body’s ability to displace itself. The idea that something is always on its way to something else, against another form, against the overruns. It is about the total collapse. That something can always be or become something completely different. And that makes Ingri Fiksdal´s artwork strong, but not least hopeful and heavenly sympathetic.” – Klassekampen on Deep Field (2018)
«Det varmer en osloborgers hjerte å se hvor vakker ens badestrand er i et helt nytt lys. Samspillet mellom vintersolen og de gull- og sølvfargede heldekkende draktene, av kostymedesigner Fredrik Floen, er estetisk magisk og stykkets fremste komponent.»
– Scenekunst.no om Diorama (2017)
Humans are symbiotic beings. We carry ten times as many bacteria inside us as our own cells, and some of us also host various parasites, fungi or viruses. Such, we can see ourselves as clusters of different life forms as much as individuals. We are always also in contact with various other things that work on us.
In Western thinking it is common to separate things/matter from living beings. This tendency prevents us from recognizing the vitality of matter, the capacity of things (Jane Bennett). But if the distinction between life and non-life collapses, can we become part of the world in a new way? We are inspired by philosopher Timothy Morton, who says that ecological thinking means to see all beings (in the broadest sense) as spectral and to think of coexistence as something radically non-anthropocentric.
Spectral takes shape as a choreographic speculation on the coexistence of people, spaces, sound waves, adrenaline, potato flour, homemade body parts, creepers, make-up, carpets, dough, lamps, tentacles, smells, kindergarten slime, mud, hair, plastic bags and endless mattress covers. Living and non-living bodies merge to form new, expanded organisms that all contribute to the performances’ overarching ecosystem; a slowly moving landscape.
This emerging performative ecosystem is inspired by molluscs, tardigrades, the sci-fi literature of Nnedi Okorafor, jungles, damp basements, the Annihilation alien, garbage dumps, visual artist Pierre Huyghe, kidney stones, Mandelbrot fractals and much more.