Within Practice

October 5–10

Alpha Dance, Will Rawls, 2018, video still

Within Practice​ is a festival for contemporary dance practices. Six choreographers, Kristin Ryg Helgebostad, Jennifer Lacey, Michikazu Matsune, Rani Nair, Will Rawls and Björn Säfsten, share their views on their ways of working through presentations and workshops. The festival is a collaboration between choreographer Björn Säfsten and Stockholm University of the Arts and aims to create a meeting ground between an ever-increasing dance audience, students and professionals within the field of dance. Welcome to a week of exploration of the term practice.The week also offers a format for sharing between and with everyone that takes part in the festival. This year we have invited INSISTER SPACE to create a stimulating democratic sharing format.

Creating Within Practice sprung from a desire to take responsibility for and provide an opportunity to delve into the various practices that exists as part of our discourse. Today many dance makers talk about their practice and the term has been so frequently used that it’s hard to know what it entails. Is there a risk that as the field grows better at communicating through a common language, that our popular terminology tends to become watered down? Take the different meanings of practice/practise/a practice; it is an incredibly differentiated term. It can refer to how one works with choreographic practice, e.g. through a leaf blower, footwork-based practice, a text etc or how one practices or rehearses dance and choreography. As we today within our field know that choreography can offer a perspective, deal with, create, stimulate, shape and transform almost anything it takes upon itself, it ́s varied aesthetics and expressions might make the term practice so varied that it’s hard for us to know what it really entails. Rather than reducing the openness of the term, the festival aims to create a larger meeting ground where a major part of our field can come together, explore and continue discussions.Using this as a base, we wanted to approach 7 artists and show the differences of their work, taking their specific practices as a starting point for sharing. Their workshops and practice presentations alongside with forums for everyone to share their knowledge would then be the structure that makes meetings happen. The purpose is to stimulate the field, possibly build a knowledge bank through shared action and giving a possibility for common references. A practising of the language within our field, the dancing, the talking and the sharing.—Björn Säfsten

The festival takes place in a few different locations during the week. The practice sharing sessions are held at MDT and höjden. The workshops takes place at Stockholm University of the Arts and the performance program is presented at MDT.Tickets and registration is available from 15 June 2020. Descriptions of the formats and contents for the six workshops will be released later this summer! As we all know we might not be able to meet live in October. If that is the case Within Practice will move online.

Welcome!

  • Björn Säfsten, Initiator and Curator, Säfsten Produktion
  • Kristine Slettevold, Co-curator and Head of Department of Dance, Stockholm University of the Arts
  • Anna Efraimsson, Curatorial conversation partner, Theater director of MDT
  • Magnus Nordberg, Initiator and Head of production, Säfsten Produktion/Nordberg Movement
  • Anja Arnquist, Producer and co-ordinator Eric Ericsonhallen, Säfsten Produktion
  • Karin Hauptmann, Producer at Department of Dance, Stockholm University of the Arts.

Within Practice 2020 is a collaboration between Säfsten Production and Department Of Dance, Stockholm University of the Arts, MDT and Dansalliansen. Special support provided by The International Dance Programme at the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Säfsten Produktion is supported by the Swedish Arts Council, Stockholms Stad and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Registration

To be able to participate in the workshops during​ Within Practice​ you need to have professional experience in the field of dance, mime, new circus or performance arts. You can either have three years of vocational training or show professional activity in these fields within the recent years. We also welcome current students at a BA-education or higher within the same fields.

The registration is open from ​15 June until 15 September​. We will return to everyone who registers during the summer mid August and then ongoing. The fee for participation is 500 SEK and is paid at the start of the festival.

Registration includes a workshops and a performances by/with Kristin Ryg Helgebostad, Jennifer Lacey, Michikazu Matsune, Rani Nair, Will Rawls and Björn Säfsten and 2 sharing events with INSISTERS SPACE.

Preliminary schedule:
5 Okt
Workshops (daytime, 2 x 3h per registered person) at Stockholm Konstnärliga Högskola, Brinellvägen 58.
Practice sharing with INSISTER SPACE (evening) at MDT, Slupskjulsvägen 30 on Skeppsholmen

6 Okt
Workshops (daytime, 2 x 3h per registered person) at Stockholm Konstnärliga Högskola, Brinellvägen 58

7 Okt
Workshops (daytime, 2 x 3h per registered person) at Stockholm Konstnärliga Högskola, Brinellvägen 58

8 Okt
Practice presentations at MDT, Slupskjulsvägen 30 on Skeppsholmen (evening)

9 Okt
Practice sharing with IN SISTERSPACE at Höjden, Östbergstorget 21, Älvsjö (daytime)
Practice presentations at MDT on Skeppsholmen (evening)

10 Okt
Practice presentations at MDT, Slupskjulsvägen 30 on Skeppsholmen (evening)
A program with pre-recorded practice presentations will be shown at Stockholms Konstnärliga Högskola during the week

 

Participation requires being present in Stockholm. As of June 10 about half of the workshops and presentations will be produced in a online/streaming-format with some of the artists sharing their practice from their homebase. All live performances takes place at MDT and streamed or pre-recorded presentation will be shown on screen at Stockholms University of the Arts.

When you sign up for ​Within Practice ​you commit to the complete program. The idea is to work together and reflect upon common experience devel​oped during the week. Participation in selected workshops are therefore not possible.

Descriptions of the formats and contents for the six workshops will be released later this summer! Return to this page for updates!

To register: Send your CV with your qualifications in dance or adjacent fields to Karin Hauptmann.

 

Within Practice 2020​ is a collaboration between Säfsten Production and Department Of Dance, Stockholm University of the Arts, MDT and Dansalliansen. Special support provided by The International Dance Programme at the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Säfsten Produktion is supported by the Swedish Arts Council, Stockholms Stad and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Kristin Ryg Helgebostad

Photo: Simen Dieserud Thornquist

In my practice I love to focus on the connection between what you see and what you hear and how we as performers can explore these connections. I have a genuine urge to work with others and I often experience that the sum of what we create together can transform the work into something unpredictable which at its best can change us a little bit.I am interested in supporting one another as an artistic approach. Cheering has a potential for changing atmospheres and assembling forces. Cheering is maybe a physical desire for something to happen and a strange mix between an empathic exercise and my own will. In my practice I am curious about how we can support one another, listen to one another and have a real taste of the complex ambiguity in the both vulnerable and strong aspects of being together.Carillonist Laura Marie Ruelåtten and I, together with the handbell band Ula Metall, have developed what one can call a practice through the pieces CHEERS, THEE TOO and different concerts with Ula Metall (the band consists of the dancers Marianne Kjærsund, Pernille Holden, Irene Theisen, Sigrid Kopperdal, Kristina Søetorp Wallace, myself and composer/carillonist/performer Laura Marie Rueslåtten). In the piece CHEERS, we are distorting cheerleading, a group phenomenon that is totally dependent on a group working together. In CHEERS, Ula Metall and THEE TOO we are working with handbells, and we think of the sound and the movement as equal components. We are working with placing the sound, the attention and the physicality somewhere in the middle of the group and let it physically affect us together and individually.In the workshop I would like to explore the magic of cheering with you! I would love to share some of the practices I have done together with my colleagues in the pieces THEE TOO/ME TOO and CHEERS and in our handbell band ULA METALL:—The close connection and the interaction between sound and movement that we can create as performers.—Further physical development of how we can explore acoustic sound with our bodies: Handbells, voice, and other percussive objects like pom poms. This can also include learning a piece of music, rhythmical figures, a song, something that challenges the concentration and contains an element of risk in the performativity, a risk that we expose and share with each other and the audience.—“Hyper listening” and supporting.—Sincere positivity as an artistic strategy.

Practice Sharing events led by Insister Space

During the week, Within Practice offers a format for practice, sharing by and with everyone that takes part during the week. This year we have invited Insister Space to create a stimulating democratic sharing format. They will host sessions at MDT, on Monday October 5, and at höjden Friday October 9.

Insister Space’s practice is micropolitical; Insister Space puts things at issue. Issue: an important topic or problem for debate or discussion.Issue: personal problems or difficulties.
Issue: the action of supplying or distributing an item.
Issue: a result or outcome of something.
Issue: the action of flowing or coming out.
Issue: supply or distribute (something).
Issue: formally send out or make known.
At issue: under discussion; in dispute.
Make an issue of: treat too seriously or as a problem. Take issue with: disagree with; challenge.

Founded in 2017 and located in Stockholm, Insister Space is an artist-driven organisation, platform and a network of more than 50 freelance artists within the field of dance and choreography. We work collectively and continuously to question and affirm conditions and methods of artistic work. Our vision is to create a broad platform for professional freelance dance artists to share, collect, and reorganise artistic practices. We wish to reshape the neoliberal structures in the dance-field; instead of promoting individual artists, we create supportive structures where our members can work with their own interests, but in solidarity with each other.

Jennifer Lacey

Photo: Meredith Mullins
Workshop info coming soon!

Michikazu Matsune

Photo: Michikazu Matsune

I am usually unable to sleep through the night in one stretch. Quite often I wake up in the middle of the night. Lying in bed and trying to fall asleep, I regularly start thinking about random things, sometimes work-related things, sometimes just anything. Eventually I’d fall asleep again. When I get up in the morning, I drink green tea and eat some fruit. I do some exercise then, either some fitness on YouTube or yoga or jogging. Afterwards I eat a proper breakfast. I have a small studio – well, just an empty room with a desk in the corner – in the 10th district of Vienna, the city in which I have lived for the last twenty years. On my way to the studio, I might drop by a café where I do some admin work on my laptop, for example writing this exact text right now. In my studio I go through different phases of working modes. Sometimes it’s researching topics I am engaging with in my work, sometimes it’s making sketches of actions, objects or texts for a performance. Then, a quick lunch somewhere in the neighbourhood. Again back to work in the afternoon. I try to concentrate on what I am working on, although an occasional afternoon nap would be great. I drink coffee and try to work some more. When will I conclude the endless string of to-dos? Okay, that’s enough for the day. It’s already 6pm, I should go home. Cook dinner. Eat dinner. Watch TV. It’s time for bed. Good night. But… I am usually unable to sleep through the night in one stretch. Quite often, I… (Please repeat from the top.)

Rani Nair

Photo: Cecilia Höglund

I work as a dancer and choreographer with a special interest in decolonial practices and postcolonial aesthetics. My choreographies have been programmed at the Centre National de la Dance Paris, ImpulsTanz Vienna, Spielart Festival in Munich, Ignite! Festival of contemporary dance in Delhi, Singapore International Festival of Arts, Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival and at the The Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts. My work is also represented at the Performing Arts museum, Dansmuseet in Stockholm and in the book Oxford Dictionary of Dance and Re-enactment.

Memory and archive is recurring thematic in my work, firstly through a reconstruction of my inheritance of Kurt Jooss last choreography, Dixit Dominus, created for the Sweden-based Indian dancer Lilavati, and later on as a second order performance, a performance about the performance, Future Memory. I also participated in the curation of Ong Keng Sen in the Archive Box, an exchange between Japanese dance makers and artists of the Indian contemporary dance scene.

Last summer I performed the duo An evening with Astad in Munich in a programmation discussing “post-migrant dance”. The work stages Astad Deboo 70 years old, a pioneer of Indian contemporary dance and takes a closer look at his early avantgard solos from the 1970-80s.

I’ve collaborated in various settings and networks, such as the self-organised Sweet and Tender collaborations and was a founding member of Rörelsen – koreografer i Skåne. Together with Jassem Hindi (France) and Mia Habib (Norway), I performed as the trio WE Insist in varied settings from apartments in Morocco, galleries in Damascus and abandoned houses in Vardö, Northern Norway.

I’m currently a member of the artgroup Ful, a collective of artists from different fields working with queer feminist theories and postcolonial aesthetics. Ful art magazine was awarded Best cultural journal 2010. Leading up to the Swedish election 2014 we created the anti-nationalistic cabaret Europa Europa, with the electronica duo The Knife,  toured Sweden 2014, Europe 2015 and collaborated with local artists in Mexico and North America 2016. During the last election autumn 2018 we created Mother’s Manifest which toured in a blow up tent to various places in Sweden.

As a dancer I’ve worked with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance co, Jayachandran Palazhy, Julie Nioche and made projects and workshops in Madagascar, India, Mongolia, Syria, Turkey, South Africa. Influenced by the South Asian Underground club scene, I created my first experimental solos at The Place Theatre London to music composed by the late dj and composer State of Bengal.

 

Björn Säfsten

Photo: Chrisander Brun

In my practice I aim to scrutinize, dissect and expose the connected actions of the body and the mind. One focus is to research how different methods of thinking patterns can alter the way we move. The choreography at hand is seen as a result of a dialogue between each individual performers movement heritage and the choreographic proposition. The work takes visual twists and turns, often moulding itself while being performed, establishing itself anew each time for each audience encounter.I aim to expose physical dilemmas, deliberately creating situations where the performer’s thoughts are revealed, opened up to the viewer and seen as material. The work fools around with the notion of language—striving to confuse and divert the viewer from the regularity of bodily reading.In recent years I’ve been obsessed with repetition and the impossibility of it regarding movement. I use repetition as a strive for researching my own consciousness, but also to create a continuous transformation where the agency between the doer and the practice gets engaged in dialogue. At the same time I’ve expanded my practice to now also include sound, text and singing—seeing how it can correspond with the practice at large—searching for a state where representations from different expressions can be superimposed and create an ambiguous language.

Will Rawls

Photo: Luis Rodriguez

In my work I immerse myself in the slippery places between dance and language, movement and speech, and try to hold onto these slippery places while trying to communicate. Choreography helps shape these experiments through sequence, image, story and sound, but I like to keep structures elastic. I’m primarily invested in how these tools can question the certainties of abstraction in the encounter of historically, racially marked bodies.

Eleanor Bauer

Eleanor Bauer’s 80% seminar choreo | graphy within practice
Eleanor is a doctoral candidate in choreography at Stockholm University of the Arts.
9 October 1.30 – 3.30 at MDT.
choreo graphy within practice, presented in collaboration with Stockholm University of the Arts, is an opportunity to open up and reflect together on and through Eleanor Bauer’s artistic-practice based research as a doctoral candidate in choreography. Joined by experts from the fields of dance, choreography, and writing, Bauer will share her choreographic practice research in practice-based conversations with her interlocutors (TBA whom). The week prior, October 1-3 at Dansenshus, Bauer will present the latest iteration of her ongoing choreographic research as it has been presented over the years under the title A lot of moving parts. Attendees of the choreo graphy within practice seminar are warmly welcomed but not obliged to attend also the A lot of moving parts VII (Sleeping Giant Dreams) performances.
Presented Oct 9 1.30  – 3.30 at MDT.
Free of charge. Limited seating, subject to availability.
Not part of the ”Within Practice” registration.
If interested send an e-mail to Karin Hauptmann to sign-up.

Within Practice 5-10 Oct 2020 - Detailed schedule available in August/Detaljerat schema tillgängligt i Augusti!

Within Practice 5-10 Oct 2020: Detailed schedule available at the end of August!