Ingri Fiksdal and Fredrik Floen
Spectral

3.–6. september 2020 ❶ Premiere

Past showings

19:00, Dansens Hus, Oslo

19:00, Dansens Hus, Oslo

19:00, Dansens Hus, Oslo

19:00, Dansens Hus, Oslo

17:00, Dansens Hus, Oslo

19:00, Dansens Hus, Oslo

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. The audience is invited into this space and are free to move about as the performance unfolds.

This emerging performative ecosystem is inspired by molluscs, tardigrades, the sci-fi literature of Nnedi Okorafors, jungles, damp basements, the Annihilation alien, garbage dumps, visual artist Pierre Huyghe, kidney stones, Mandelbrot fractals and much more.

Ingri Fiksdal has distinguished herself as a critically acclaimed choreographer with an international reputation and her work has been presented at Black Box teater several times. Deep Field won the prize for dance from the Norwegian Critics Association in 2018/2019, and HOODS received the Dance Critics Award for 2013/2014. Fredrik Floen is one of Norway's most versatile and original costume designers. Fiksdal and Floen have previously collaborated on the performance Diorama, which was shown outdoors at Bygdøy during the Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival 2018. Diorama was a co-production with Dansens Hus.

In collaboration with Dansens Hus .

Fall Program 2020