Fictions of the Flesh is a site-specific performance taking place at Schous plass in Oslo. The performance is ongoing: the audience can pass by at any time they would like during the time it is on:
- Friday 11 June between 19.00 and 21.00
- Saturday 12 June between 12.00 and 14.00
- Sunday 13 June between 12.00 and 14.00
In Fictions of the Flesh, the character Syncopator embodies both past and future. She slides, floats and falls through space, like a Fata Morgana or tardigrade, monarch butterfly, or the night train to Palmyra. She gives birth to a couple of tails behind some benches and sheds her fur between trees. She glides on railings and grows in pavement cracks. Slowly, her fingers become so heavy that she can no longer carry them. They snap silently whilst pulling her backwards into Big Freeze.
In Fictions of the Flesh Fiksdal, Floen and Slåttøy look at different ideas of being contemporary, and how this can be conveyed through costume, dance and choreography. The creators draw from jazz dance as a physical archive, and mix this with movement inspired by the genre speculative fiction where future, expanded bodies roam.
“To enlarge contemporaneity means to amplify the field of reciprocity between the principle of equality and the principle of the recognition of difference.”
(Boaventura de Sosa Santos, Epistemologies of the South)
Ingri Fiksdal has distinguished herself as a critically acclaimed choreographer with an international reputation. Fredrik Floen is one of Norway’s most versatile and original costume designers. Mariama Slåttøy is a freelance dance artist and a notably cross-disciplinary performer, exploring various movement patterns and artistic mediums such as film and theater. Fiksdal and Floen have previously collaborated on the performances Diorama and SPECTRAL. Slåttøy was one of the dancers in SPECTRAL, and the performance was co-produced by Black Box teater and Dansens Hus, Oslo during Fall 2020.
Fictions of the Flesh is part of the theater festival Heddadagene 2021.
In collaboration with Dansens Hus .