INTRODUCTION

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History:

Two years ago, in a gallery in Helsinki I tried to hypnotize my audience by only moving my hands and fingers. Unconsciously my torso started to twist, and my feet wanted to move all the time in the opposite direction of my hands. I felt moving like a snake, with my legs as the tail and my hands as its head. Two months later an Ubanda- priest in Sao Paulo told me in trance, that he saw the snake in me, he predicted me that in the future the snake would dance on stage, and I wouldn’t be there anymore. He asked me to get more soft, to receive the energy of the snake in my body. I decided to make a little snake dance in my next performance, an outdoor event in the forest. Afterwards the audience was excited about what happened, they told me that they saw a big snake appearing out of the bushes, coming very close to me, the moment I started my first movements. In the snake poems, which I made for this performance, the snake was capable to fly. It felt weird to me, because in my opinion a snake belonged to the most grounded animals I knew. So I googled if a flying snake would indeed exist somewhere, and I stumbled on  a mythical one in Mexico city, named Quetzalcoatl. I decided to go to Mexico city to study the statues which embodies this Aztec and Mayan God. In the first week of my stay there, I gave  a workshop and met Ricardo Rubio. The moment I saw him moving, I saw him and me, encircling each other as two snakes. So I wanted to work and dance with him and invited him for my residency in Skogen.

Ricardo and I both like to talk when we dance on stage. The way I dance seems to become more exciting when I tell the audience the stories behind the movements. When I find words to explain where the movements come from, or where they bring me mentally. For a long time I considered myself as a dancing storyteller. But I am done with this kind of stories, because  it confirms too much the way our mind usually works, also outside the stage. All the times we make up stories, to understand who we are, to justify our actions, and to describe how we personally understand the world around us. Our minds tend to be narrative, in our desire to give a certain sense towards our lives, and the choices we want to make. And soon you understand that every story is also a construction, following the laws of making a coherent fiction.

I still want to talk while I am dancing, but I want to start to talk from a poetic mind because this one avoids the narrative lines of understanding. In a poetic universe you can perceive an intangible truth in between the lines, in the tension between the different elements, words, images, rhythm.
Ricardo and I write mostly on our own, but now we are confronted to write together, as if we create a poetic dialogue between us. This hybrid text universe will be full of confessions, negotiations, and contemplations, all referring to what will happen between us in the studio and on stage. The Paris based composer and installation artist Robin Meier helps us with transforming these spoken words into a poetic soundscape. He will help us to record and dub our texts and conversations, and he will rebalance and refocus the qualities of these voice-fragments, so they can get transformed into a more an abstract sound – he can describe this better  – but for sure we are intrigued in digitalizing text-recordings in such a way that they can process themselves into other planes of abstraction.

Two bodies:

With Ricardo I am looking forward to use the format of a duet to investigate the concept of love in its most bare form between two bodies, stripped down from any personal expectation or social convention. Let’s investigate love as a physical exercise in giving and receiving different energies to each other. I am curious how by touching the other, we can inform, influence and provoke each other. We know the healing principle of sensual touch, not only towards the person who is touched, but also for the person who touches. What will happen when we let our bodies speak by themselves without any interference. Will we discover other choreographic forms of love making than the already known ones of our daily lives, like the movements of cuddling or the very much scripted  drama between the genitals as the main protagonists. I hope so.

Ricardo comes from flamenco and I am influenced by shamanism, so we both experienced already an approach of dancing that plays with the concept of the soul. The shaman usually starts to dance to support soul-searching or soul travelling. In flamenco one can dance to resonate the melancholy of a tormented soul. In our research I ask myself how our bodies will behave when we discover that it is actually a dialogue of ours souls, that want to get together. What will happen when our duet reveals the magnetism of two souls who want to become one. Magnetism is a force we can’t escape, the moment we awaken it. Will our bodies still struggle between curiosity, resistance, or the fear or desire to surrender to each other.
Since some years , I doubt if the falling in love generates a movement of flying or of dying in the body. Now, I think, this is really a matter of the soul. Perhaps it is the soul who wants to fly, while the body feels as if it dies. The main question is how to embody this in a dance that matters, not only to us, but also to the others.  Once I wrote- for another show  “Don’t spit on me, because I am the saliva of your thoughts, I am you and you will be me”. Will the duet become a solo for one moving body, when we become two snakes, intertwined in a tantric universe. Time will tell, life will tell and hopefully also art will tell.

PROGRAM

18th of OCTOBER, 19.00 – 22.00
ROBERT STEIJN, RICARDO RUBIO, ROBIN MEIER: BODIES, VOICES, MACHINES

19.00: Bodies in poetry. Robert Steijn introduces the block.

19.15: Robin Meier will speak about his experiences of working with machines to create feelings. At the interface of science and art he is constantly wondering how science replaces spirituality and how art can survive the scientific method. Not a scientist, not an artist, not a musician he tries to understand these fields as an outsider. During his talk he will try to illustrate his explorations through works he created and projects he is working on right now.

20.00: A vegetarian buffet is served

21.00: Improvisation with Ricardo Rubio, Robert Steijn and Robin Meier. The dancers Ricardo Rubio and Robert Steijn have invited composer and visual artist Robin Meier to work with their voices and texts. In an improvisation they will test different strategies how internal contemplations and confessions can become an audible universe in which one can dance, move or die (metaphorically). Together they will explore the relationships between speech, rhythm, movement and song. By slowing down their words many many times short sounds which last only milliseconds can last up to minutes. This opens up new sound-worlds as if digging deeper and deeper with a microscope revealing hidden harmonies.

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22nd of OCTOBER 19.00 – 20.00
FLAMENCO FOR NON FLAMENCOS (Workshop with RICARDO RUBIO)

Ricardo Rubio gives a brief introductory theorical-practical workshop for people in general. The main purpose is to understand and experience flamenco movements and its language. Ricardo Rubio will also organize workshops for flamenco dancers in cooperation with World Dance Company.

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24st of OCTOBER, 18.00
ROBERT STEIJN & RICARDO RUBIO: FLAMENCO MEETS SHAMANISM

18.00: Flamenco as a scenic ritual & shamanic practices as performative acts. Robert Steijn & Ricardo Rubio talks about their work.

19.00: Mexican dinner. How spicy can we eat when we aren’t use to it? Ricardo and Robert will test our endurance to get it hot, hotter, or even hottest. But they don’t go hard core exotic, so no fried grasshoppers, or living worms, they keep it accessible for everyone.

20.00: Shamanic snake dance by Robert Steijn.

20.45: Flamenco solo by Ricardo Rubio.

21.15: The public is invited to an open workshop with Robert and Ricardo. What is an auto-didactic snake dance, and what power does it have on a stage like Skogen? Instead of dancing it in a cultural environment, a society that is based on magic belief systems Robert continues his investigation in how shamanism can vitalize the contemporary dance.

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25th of OCTOBER, 19.00 – 23.00
FREDERIC GIES with FIEDEL and ANTON STOIANOV – GOOD GIRLS GO TO HEAVEN, BAD GIRLS GO EVERYWHERE

Frédéric Gies invites you to a 3 hours and 38 minutes experiment, for which he collaborates with the DJ Fiedel and the visual artist Anton Stoinaov.

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1st of NOVEMBER 19.00 – 21.00
ROBERT STEIJN & RICARDO RUBIO: PRELUDE ON LOVE – A SNAKE RESEARCH

19.00: Prelude on love, a snake research. Robert Steijn and Ricardo Rubio present the performance that is the outcome of their work at Skogen

20.00: Talk with Robert and Ricardo about their performance

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GLOSSARY

LOVE LABORATORY
SOUL SEARCHING
INTERCULTURAL PERFORMATIVITY
PHYSICAL INTUITION
SENSUAL MAGNETISM
TANTRIC DUET
DANCE-ABSTRACTION

ROBERT STEIJN, RICARDO RUBIO & ROBIN MEIER: BODIES, VOICES AND MACHINES

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The dancers Ricardo Rubio and Robert Steijn have invited composer and visual artist Robin Meier to work with their voices and texts. In an improvisation they will test different strategies how internal contemplations and confessions can become an audible universe in which one can dance, move or die (metaphorically). Together they will explore the relationships between speech, rhythm, movement, and song. By slowing down their words many many times short sounds which last only milliseconds can last up to minutes. this opens up new sound-worlds as if digging deeper and deeper with a microscope revealing hidden harmonies.

Robin Meier will speak about his experiences of working with machines to create feelings. At the interface of science and art he is constantly wondering how science replaces spirituality and how art can survive the scientific method. Not a scientist, not an artist, not a musician he tries to understand these fields as an outsider. During his talk he will try to illustrate his explorations through works he created and projects he is working on right now.

After the presentation a vegetarian buffet is served.

After the buffet: Improvisation with Ricardo Rubio, Robert Steijn and Robin Meier

–> SATURDAY 18th of OCTOBER 19.00 – 22.00
–> OPEN PRICING POLICY: PAY WHAT YOU THINK REASONABLE FROM YOUR SITUATON
–> TICKETS

RICARDO RUBIO: FLAMENCO FOR NON FLAMENCOS

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Ricardo Rubio gives a brief introductory theorical-practical workshop for people in general. The main purpose is to understand and experience flamenco movements and its language.

Ricardo Rubio will also organize workshops for flamenco dancers in cooperation with World Dance Company.

–> WEDNESDAY 22nd of OCTOBER, 19.00 – 20.00
–> OPEN PRICING POLICY. PAY WHAT YOU FEEL RESONABLE FROM YOUR SITUATION
–> TICKETS

ROBERT STEIJN & RICARDO RUBIO: FLAMENCO MEETS SHAMANISM

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18.00: Flamenco as a scenic ritual & shamanic practices as performative acts. Robert Steijn & Ricardo Rubio talks about their work.

19.00: Mexican dinner. How spicy can we eat when we aren’t use to it? Ricardo and Robert will test our endurance to get it hot, hotter, or even hottest. But they don’t go hard core exotic, so no fried grasshoppers, or living worms, they keep it accessible for everyone.

20.00: Shamanic snake dance by Robert Steijn.

20.45: Flamenco solo by Ricardo Rubio.

21.15: The public is invited to an open workshop with Robert and Ricardo. What is an auto-didactic snake dance, and what power does it have on a stage like Skogen? Instead of dancing it in a cultural environment, a society that is based on magic belief systems Robert continues his investigation in how shamanism can vitalize the contemporary dance.

–> FRIDAY 24th of OCTOBER, 18.00 – LATE
–> OPEN PRICING POLICY: PAY WHAT YOU THINK RESONABLE FROM YOUR SITUATION
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FREDERIC GIES: GOOD GIRLS GO TO HEAVEN, BAD GIRLS GO EVERYWHERE

FRÉDÉRIC GIES with FIEDEL and ANTON STOIANOV

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Frédéric Gies invites you to a 3 hours and 38 minutes experiment, for which he collaborates with the dj Fiedel and the visual artist Anton Stoinaov.

Frédéric Gies fell in love with Fiedel’s work, dancing many times on his sets in Berlin at Berghain, where Fiedel is resident. Fiedel started to dj publicly in the mid 90’s on Mondays at a club called Subversiv, which then has been a constant in Berlin’s underground techno scene. He is also part of MMM, a collaboration between him and Errorsmith. Their track “Donna” is considered a much played techno classic. In fall 2012 Fiedel started his own label called ‘Fiedelone’ to release his solo productions.

Berlin was also the meeting point for Frédéric and Anton Stoianov, when the two of them were regulars at the mythical Basso, a place where many artists were mingling, working and partying together. They also shared many nights and days on Berghain’s dance floor. Frédéric proposed Anton to collaborate on this project after seeing his large-scale abstract paintings, made without paint or pigment, but of worn cotton socks. His new body of work is currently presented at xavierlaboulbenne, Berlin.

Frédéric Gies is a dancer and a choreographer. He is also a senior lecturer in choreography and the artistic director of the MA program in choreography at DOCH / UNIARTS. Dance practice is central in his work, in which he looks for the articulation of somatics, dance, choreography and politics.

The experiment “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere” is part of Frédéric Gies’ research project, currently developed at DOCH / UNIARTS

Credits:

Concept and dance: Frédéric Gies
DJ: Fiedel
Floor installation: Anton Stoinanov
Production: Weld

Thanks to Paz Rojo

–> SATURDAY 25th of OCTOBER, 19.00 – 23.00
–> OPEN PRICING POLICY: PAY WHAT YOU THINK REASONABLE FROM YOUR SITUATION
–> TICKETS

ROBERT STEIJN & RICARDO RUBIO: PRELUDE ON LOVE, A SNAKE RESEARCH

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19.00: Prelude on love, a snake research. Robert Steijn and Ricardo Rubio present the performance that is the outcome of their work at Skogen.

20.00: Talk with Robert and Ricardo about their performance

–> SATURDAY, 1st of NOVEMBER: 19.00 – 21.00
–> OPEN PRICING POLICY. PAY WHAT YOU THINK RESONABLE FROM YOUR SITUATION
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BIOS

ROBERT STEIJN founded together with Frans Poelstra the company united sorry, based in Vienna, they make work for theatres, galleries and the public space. Their latest project was a site specific work, called ‘the forest project’ during Steirsche Herbst 2013. Now they work on a theatre-concert-event called ‘no, nothing’ together with Theater im Bahnhof (December 2014 Vienna). Robert collaborated also with choreographers as Latifa Labissi (Rennes), Anne Teresa de Keersemaeker (Brussels), Maria Hassabi (New York), Georg Blaschke (Vienna), Christina Rizzo (Bologna) and Laura Rios (Cuernavaca) He directs and writes theatre-plays for instance, at Theater im Bahnhof in Graz where he made the performance “Lust und Verrat (2013) for a museum of medieval and baroque art, at Theater der Jungen Welt in Leipzig and he worked with the puppet-player and visual artist Stefanie Oberhoff in Stuttgart. With the french visual artist Christine Laquette he makes performances about art and shamanism in Nantes and New York. As a solo-artist he is a deer-dancer and since two years, he works on his own interpretation of snake dancing.

RICARDO RUBIO is a director, choreographer, dancer and scenic mexican artist, artistic member of the National System of Art Creators by FONCA 2012-2014. His work is characterized by innovating the flamenco made in Mexico by integrating contemporary dance and contact, sound and visual arts (electronic music and multimedia). In his choreographic pieces -while place with social-political themes such as bullying in school and migration. He investigate what it is to have a Mexiacan identity, within the dance and -theater scene and in society.
He has presented his repertoire at major festivals and scenic areas of Mexico. Internationally, the -Vancouver International Flamenco Festival -(Canada) and the Home Season of the Theatre Flamenco of San -Francisco (United States of America). Next October and November 2014 at SKOGEN: platform for -performing arts production and interdisciplinary artistic processes (Sweden).

ROBIN MEIER is a Swiss artist and composer based in Paris. His interests lie in the emergence of natural and artificial intelligence and the role of humans in a world of machines. Meier tries to make sense of these questions through musical compositions and installations. Referred to as “Artist of the future” (le Monde), “Maestro of the swarm” (Nature) or simply “pathetic” (Vimeo).
His works were shown around the globe, at venues such as Palais de Tokyo and Museum of Modern Art in Paris, SIGGRAPH in Yokohama or Nikola Lenivets, Russia. Robin Meier also works as an electronic musician and computer music designer for IRCAM / Centre Pompidou (Paris), CIRM (Nice) and various ensembles and companies.

FREDERIC GIES is a dancer and a choreographer. After dancing in the works of various French choreographers in the 90′s, he started to develop his own work. He creates his pieces alone or in collaboration with other artists (Fiedel, Anton Stoianov, Jefta van Dinther, DD Dorvillier, Daniel Jentasch, Manuel Pelmus, Bruno Pocheron, Isabelle Schad, Alice Chauchat, Frédéric de Carlo, and Odile Seitz). He was one the co-initiators of the collective praticable.
During the last years, he also danced in pieces of other choreographers (Jefta van Dinther, Antonja Livingstone, Petra Sabisch, Isabelle Schad). Since 2012, he is senior lecturer in choreography and  head of program of the MA in choreography at DOCH – SKH in Stockholm. His recent works are « Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere »- in collaboration with Fiedle and Anton Stoianov, « Seven thirty in tights », « Little did I know that I, ere or since, ever should speak mouthless » – in collaboration with Daniel Jenatsch, « Dance (praticable) », « Album (praticable »), « The breast piece (praticable) » – in collaboration with Alice Chauchat, and « The blanket dance » – in collaboration with Jefta van Dinther and DD Dorvillier.