» Björn Säfsten

Säfsten Production is a platform for choreographic creation and experimentation. An intertwinement of theory and practice, it manifests itself through artists joining forces in speculation and critical formation within the fields of choreography, politics, language and identity production. A platform for experimentation, a platform for a changing constellation of artists and a base for continuous artistic research within the field of choreography.

In the work and practice of choreographer Björn Säfsten, the body and the mind and its connected actions are scrutinized, dissected and exposed. The focus is on creating “another body”, another notion of human physicality, bringing images to life that visually problematize our notion of human nature. The physical practice exposes images that result from a certain physical action, in a random way. The work thus takes visual twists and turns, often moulding itself while being performed, establishing itself anew each time for each audience encounter.

We aim to expose physical dilemmas, deliberately creating situations where the performer’s thoughts are revealed, opened up to the viewer. The work fools around with the notion of language – striving to confuse and divert the viewer from the regularity of bodily reading. The body is seen as a multiplex of wills, desires and directions, moving away from the notion of a bodily and mental entity. Changing the notion of the body and the embodiment of the object, and the relationship between the two entities, are central in research and presentation.

The exact texture of the singular movement stands at the core of the work. Sections are created in the present moment through practices that occupy the performer with a blend of orders, restrictions and physical parameters. The methods behind the work strive for the direction of non-clarity and non-singularity, exposing the trajectory of thought and movement in the performer as actions happen. Energies in the action differ from hesitation to a certain urgency, to a deliberate stillness to an outburst of action. The incoherence of actions create the non-singularity, the non-linear narrative that interests Björn and the artists working with the different choreographic works. The work goes against a consensus of understanding, aiming to bring the diversity of the audience members into the relationship between stage and auditorium, between the performers’ area and the spectators’ area. We aim to discuss how language is violent in its form of oppressing both the performers’ and the viewers’ relationship to movement and the body. We wish to expose the multilayered understanding the physical experience embodies and how this can be brought into the private, the public and the political spheres.

www.bjorn-safsten.com

Current projects for Björn Säfsten

Björn Säfsten / Movement and conversations for You over 65!

A workshop for people over 65, interested in trying out and talking about movement. A workshop designed by Björn Säfsten

Björn Säfsten / Landscapes of I

LANDSCAPES OF I Choroegraphy Björn Säfsten in close collaboration with the performers. Dancers Sophie Augot, Will Rawls, Ilyas Odman. Set- and lightdesign Susanna Hedin, Lumination of Sweden/SUTODA. Production Säfsten Produktion och Nordberg Movement. Co-production Säfsten Produktion and Riksteatern. Made possible with support by the Swedish Arts Council and the City of Stockholm. Photo Sarah Kjelleren […]

Björn Säfsten / Prologue (2016)

An open space offers a view of an individual, eyes covered, a woman looking out into nothing. She is tracing a world of signifiers, searching for a language to hold onto. She arms herself, and leads herself to becoming something new through transforming inputs and cliches that otherwise would have led her to another identity. […]

Säfsten Production / Symposum “Translate, Intertwine, Transgress” 2015

Translate, Intertwine, Transgress Moderna Museet & MDT 11-13 June 2015.The choreographer Björn Säfsten and the philosopher Per Nilsson, both from Umeå, have engaged over the past three years in a multidisciplinary research project involving choreography and philosophy, at the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts. In association with Moderna Museet and MDT, lectures, performances, workshops, discussions […]

Björn Säfsten / Language fools

  A choreographic journey into the world of language… Language fools is an arena for try-outs, an constantly altering experience, centered around communication. A work about listening, about being listened to, about who commands communication, about the outstpoken and the non-spoken rules regarding individuals in a group. We’ve picked out vocalsounds from its contexts and […]

Björn Säfsten DANCE-THOUGHT Performance Lecture Series

DANCE – THOUGHT (FALL 20015) DANCE-THOUGHT is a development of DE-SENTATION from spring 2015, performed by Björn Säfsten, Allison Ahl and Sebastian Lingserius during the fall of 2015. DE-SENTATION (SPRING 2015) In DE-SENTATION we try talking about choreography, while criticizing it, doing it as an activity in becoming. The whole experience is treating an aim to […]

Björn Säfsten / Idiots (2014)

“catchy, fun, subtle” Dagens Nyheter “In “Idiots”, he draws the idea to the extreme and give up control in a sharp lit room. It is both poetic and physically raw and brutal. Like when the dancers tear off their clothing, garment after garment, and violent plunge after them. They create a bizarre relationship with the […]

Björn Säfsten / Fictional copies (2013)

A truly unique choreographic experience, which opened during the festival Les Boréales in Caen France November 2013Within a shared space five performers and audience of 50-60 people interact and encounters the political within the photo and the copy. A space filled with flashlights that documents all people entering and the event itself. It´s a critical […]

Björn Säfsten / Display (2011)

With ”Display”, choreografer Björn Säfsten bring more questions than answers. How do we create meaning to signals and symbols in a performance space and how does the audience interpret them? Bursting with vivid imagery, set to an alluring soundscape by Victor Saiz, ”Display” deals with questions of identity, games and theatricality. In a blur of […]

Björn Säfsten / Introduction (2012)

Dysfunctional, scratchy, humorous yet carefully balanced. In Björn Säfsten’s latest creation he and longtime collaborators Sophie Augot and Anja Arnquist put their ways of working under the loop and ask: how do we create identity, representation and presence on stage? ”Introduction” is performed by two of Sweden’s most intriguing and eloquent dancers.

Calendar

Feb 23 19:00

Landscapes of I

Stenkrossen Lund , SE
Friday, February 2018 19:00
Feb 22 19:00

Landscapes of I

Inkonst Malmö , SE
Thursday, February 2018 19:00
Feb 21 19:00

Landscapes of I

Inkonst Malmö , SE
Wednesday, February 2018 19:00
Oct 6 19:00

Prologue

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Friday, October 2017 19:00
Oct 5 19:00

Prologue

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Thursday, October 2017 19:00
Apr 29 10:00

Movement for You over 65 – a workshop!

Folkets Hus Uddevalla , SE
Saturday, April 2017 10:00
Mar 22 10:00

Movement for You over 65 – a workshop!

Danslokalen, Österåkers Gymnasium Österåker , SE
Wednesday, March 2017 10:00
Mar 16 10:00

Movement for You over 65 – a workshop!

Artipelag Gustavsberg , SE
Thursday, March 2017 10:00
Mar 14 10:00

Movement for You over 65 – a workshop!

Träffpunkt Brandbergen Brandbergen , SE
Tuesday, March 2017 10:00
Feb 25 10:00

Movement for You over 65 – a workshop!

Valfisken / Simrishamn Teaterförening Simrishamn , SE
Saturday, February 2017 10:00
Feb 24 10:00

Movement for You over 65 – a workshop!

Style Dance Studio / Lund Teaterförening Lund , SE
Friday, February 2017 10:00
Feb 5 10:00

Movement for You over 65 – a workshop!

IOGT-NTO, samlingslokal/Godtemplaregården, Vadstena Teaterförening Vadstena , SE
Sunday, February 2017 10:00
Jan 8 02:30

In the Works / studio-presentation

Gibney Dance 890 Broadway New York , FI
Sunday, January 2017 02:30
Dec 9 19:00

Idiots

Inkonst Malmö , SE
Friday, December 2016 19:00
Dec 8 19:00

Idiots

Inkonst Malmö , SE
Thursday, December 2016 19:00
Nov 21 19:00

Language Fools

Spira: Teatern Jönköping , SE
Monday, November 2016 19:00
Nov 17 19:00

Language Fools

Falkhallen Falkenberg , SE
Thursday, November 2016 19:00
Nov 10 19:00

Language Fools

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Thursday, November 2016 19:00
Nov 9 19:00

Language Fools

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Wednesday, November 2016 19:00
Nov 8 19:00

Language Fools

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Tuesday, November 2016 19:00
Nov 3 19:00

Language Fools

NorrlandsOperan Umeå , SE
Thursday, November 2016 19:00
Oct 27 19:00

Language Fools

Folkets Hus Olofström , SE
Thursday, October 2016 19:00
Oct 26 19:00

Language Fools

Sparresalen Karlskrona , SE
Wednesday, October 2016 19:00
Oct 25 19:00

Language Fools

Ljungby/Teaterbiografen/Grand Ljungby , SE
Tuesday, October 2016 19:00
Oct 22 19:00

Language Fools

Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg Växjö , SE
Saturday, October 2016 19:00
Oct 21 19:00

Language Fools

Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg Växjö , SE
Friday, October 2016 19:00
Oct 20 19:00

Language Fools

Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg Växjö , SE
Thursday, October 2016 19:00
May 4 20:00

Idiots

mdt Stockholm , SE
Wednesday, May 2016 20:00
Apr 21 19:00

Performance Lecture Series

Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg Växjö , SE
Thursday, April 2016 19:00
Apr 16 19:00

Prologue

Kompani1 Stockholm , SE
Saturday, April 2016 19:00
Apr 15 19:00

Prologue

Kompani1 Stockholm , SE
Friday, April 2016 19:00
Apr 14 19:00

Prologue

Kompani1 Stockholm , SE
Thursday, April 2016 19:00
Apr 9 19:00

Prologue

Kompani1 Stockholm , SE
Saturday, April 2016 19:00
Apr 8 19:00

Prologue

Kompani1 Stockholm , SE
Friday, April 2016 19:00
Apr 7 19:00

Prologue

Kompani1 Stockholm , SE
Thursday, April 2016 19:00
Mar 11 10:00

Conversations and movement for senior citizens

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Friday, March 2016 10:00
Mar 11 10:00

Movement for You over 65 – a workshop!

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Friday, March 2016 10:00
Mar 10 10:00

Conversations and movement for senior citizens

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Thursday, March 2016 10:00
Mar 10 10:00

Movement for You over 65 – a workshop!

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Thursday, March 2016 10:00
Mar 9 10:00

Conversations and movement for senior citizens

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Wednesday, March 2016 10:00
Mar 9 10:00

Movement for You over 65 – a workshop!

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Wednesday, March 2016 10:00
Mar 8 10:00

Conversations and movement for senior citizens

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Tuesday, March 2016 10:00
Mar 8 10:00

Movement for You over 65 – a workshop!

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Tuesday, March 2016 10:00
Nov 28 19:00

Performance Lecture Series

Kompani1 Stockholm , SE
Saturday, November 2015 19:00
Nov 27 19:00

Performance Lecture Series

Kompani1 Stockholm , SE
Friday, November 2015 19:00
Nov 20 19:00

Idiots

IFMC – International Festival of Modern Choreography Vitebsk , BY
Friday, November 2015 19:00
Nov 14 19:00

Performance Lecture Series

Inter Arts Center / Samtidsverket Malmö , SE
Saturday, November 2015 19:00
Nov 12 19:00

Performance Lecture Series

The Swedish National Heritage Board, Annual Fall Meeting Stockholm , SE
Thursday, November 2015 19:00
Nov 6 19:00

Idiots

Hiroshima Barcelona , ES
Friday, November 2015 19:00
Nov 5 19:00

Idiots

Hiroshima Barcelona , ES
Thursday, November 2015 19:00
Oct 28 19:00

Idiots

La Casa Encendida Madrid , ES
Wednesday, October 2015 19:00
Jun 11 19:00

Translate, Intertwine, Transgress – summit 2015

Moderna Museet & MDT Stockholm , SE
Thursday, June 2015 19:00 - 2015-06-13
May 30 19:00

Language Fools

Danscentrum Stockholm , SE
Saturday, May 2015 19:00
May 29 19:00

Language Fools

Danscentrum Stockholm , SE
Friday, May 2015 19:00
Apr 20 19:00

Performance Lecture Series

Studio 44 Stockholm , SE
Monday, April 2015 19:00
Apr 19 19:00

Performance Lecture Series

Studio 44 Stockholm , SE
Sunday, April 2015 19:00
Apr 11 19:00

Move to the beat of my tongue

Café 44 Stockholm , SE
Saturday, April 2015 19:00 - 2015-04-12
Mar 8 10:00

Conversations and movement for senior citizens

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Sunday, March 2015 10:00
Feb 17 19:00

Performance Lecture Series

Samtidsverket Malmö , SE
Tuesday, February 2015 19:00
Feb 17 19:00

Performance Lecture Series

Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS) Umeå , SE
Tuesday, February 2015 19:00
Feb 11 19:00

Performance Lecture Series

Dansväxthuset Skellefteå , SE
Wednesday, February 2015 19:00
Feb 10 19:00

DE-SENTATION: Performance lecture 2015

Dansväxthuset Skellefteå , SE
Tuesday, February 2015 19:00
Nov 8 22:00

Fictional copies

Euro-Scene Leipzig Leipzig , DE
Saturday, November 2014 22:00
Nov 8 17:00

Fictional copies

Euro-Scene Leipzig Leipzig , DE
Saturday, November 2014 17:00
Nov 7 22:00

Fictional copies

Euro-Scene Leipzig Leipzig , DE
Friday, November 2014 22:00
Oct 10 19:00

Idiots

mdt Stockholm , SE
Friday, October 2014 19:00
Oct 9 19:00

Idiots

mdt Stockholm , SE
Thursday, October 2014 19:00
Oct 8 19:00

Idiots

mdt Stockholm , SE
Wednesday, October 2014 19:00
Apr 16 19:00

Fictional copies

Inkonst Malmö , SE
Wednesday, April 2014 19:00
Apr 15 19:00

Fictional copies

Inkonst Malmö , SE
Tuesday, April 2014 19:00
Apr 12 19:00

Fictional copies

Baltic Centre for contemporary art Gateshead , UK
Saturday, April 2014 19:00
Apr 12 14:30

Fictional copies

Baltic Centre for contemporary art Gateshead , UK
Saturday, April 2014 14:30
Apr 11 19:00

Fictional copies

Baltic Centre for contemporary art Gateshead , UK
Friday, April 2014 19:00
Mar 29 18:30

Fictional copies

NorrlandsOperan Umeå , SE
Saturday, March 2014 18:30
Mar 28 19:00

Fictional copies

NorrlandsOperan Umeå , SE
Friday, March 2014 19:00
Feb 22 19:00

Performance Lecture Series

Istanbul International Theater Festival Istanbul , TR
Saturday, February 2014 19:00
Dec 8 13:00

Fictional copies

Arkitekturmuseet Stockholm , SE
Sunday, December 2013 13:00
Dec 7 18:00

Fictional copies

Arkitekturmuseet Stockholm , SE
Saturday, December 2013 18:00
Dec 7 13:00

Fictional copies

Arkitekturmuseet Stockholm , SE
Saturday, December 2013 13:00
Dec 6 18:00

Fictional copies

Arkitekturmuseet Stockholm , SE
Friday, December 2013 18:00
Dec 6 14:00

Fictional copies

Arkitekturmuseet Stockholm , SE
Friday, December 2013 14:00
Dec 5 18:00

Fictional copies

Arkitekturmuseet Stockholm , SE
Thursday, December 2013 18:00
Dec 4 18:00

Fictional copies

Arkitekturmuseet Stockholm , SE
Wednesday, December 2013 18:00
Nov 30 20:00

Fictional copies

Centre Choreographique National du Caén / Basse Normandie Caen , FR
Saturday, November 2013 20:00
Nov 29 20:00

Fictional copies

Centre Choreographique National du Caén / Basse Normandie Caen , FR
Friday, November 2013 20:00
Nov 29 14:30

Fictional copies

Centre Choreographique National du Caén / Basse Normandie Caen , FR
Friday, November 2013 14:30
Sep 18 19:00

Introduction

L1 Dance Festival Budapest , HU
Wednesday, September 2013 19:00
Sep 8 19:00

Introduction

Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Stockholm , SE
Sunday, September 2013 19:00
Sep 7 19:00

Introduction

Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Stockholm , SE
Saturday, September 2013 19:00
Mar 8 19:30

Display

Dansstationen Malmö , SE
Friday, March 2013 19:30
Mar 5 19:00

Display

Konserthusteatern Karlskrona , SE
Tuesday, March 2013 19:00
Mar 1 19:00

Display

Halmstads Teater Halmstad , SE
Friday, March 2013 19:00
Feb 26 19:00

Display

Sagateatern Linköping , SE
Tuesday, February 2013 19:00
Dec 27 19:00

Display

Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Stockholm , SE
Thursday, December 2012 19:00
Dec 13 19:00

Display

Kiasma Helsinki , FI
Thursday, December 2012 19:00
Nov 8 19:00

Introduction

Kulturhuset Komedianten Varberg , SE
Thursday, November 2012 19:00
Nov 7 19:00

Introduction

Kungsbacka Teater Kungsbacka , SE
Wednesday, November 2012 19:00
Nov 6 19:00

Introduction

NIssanscenen Halmstad , SE
Tuesday, November 2012 19:00
Nov 5 19:00

Introduction

Falkhallen Falkenberg , SE
Monday, November 2012 19:00
Oct 13 19:00

Introduction

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Saturday, October 2012 19:00
Oct 12 19:00

Introduction

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Friday, October 2012 19:00
Oct 11 19:00

Introduction

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Thursday, October 2012 19:00
Sep 29 11:00

Introduction

Mac – Creteil Maison des Arts Paris , FR
Saturday, September 2012 11:00
Sep 20 19:00

Introduction

NorrlandsOperan Umeå , SE
Thursday, September 2012 19:00
Aug 31 16:00

Display

Internationale Tanzmesse nrw Düsseldorf , DE
Friday, August 2012 16:00
Jun 15 17:00

Fictional copies

SITE Stockholm , SE
Friday, June 2012 17:00
Jun 12 15:00

Fictional copies

SITE Stockholm , SE
Tuesday, June 2012 15:00
Jun 11 15:00

Fictional copies

SITE Stockholm , SE
Monday, June 2012 15:00
May 25 17:00

Introduction

SITE Stockholm , SE
Friday, May 2012 17:00
May 19 22:00

Introduction

Bildmuseet Umeå , SE
Saturday, May 2012 22:00
May 19 19:30

Introduction

Bildmuseet Umeå , SE
Saturday, May 2012 19:30
May 19 18:00

Introduction

Bildmuseet Umeå , SE
Saturday, May 2012 18:00
May 11 12:00

Introduction

Dansehallerne Copenhagen , DK
Friday, May 2012 12:00
May 10 18:00

Introduction

Dansehallerne Copenhagen , DK
Thursday, May 2012 18:00
May 9 18:00

Introduction

Dansehallerne Copenhagen , DK
Wednesday, May 2012 18:00
Apr 27 16:00

Introduction

NorrlandsOperan Umeå , SE
Friday, April 2012 16:00
Dec 14 19:00

Display

SITE Stockholm , SE
Wednesday, December 2011 19:00
Dec 12 19:00

Display

SITE Stockholm , SE
Monday, December 2011 19:00
Dec 11 19:00

Display

SITE Stockholm , SE
Sunday, December 2011 19:00
Dec 10 19:00

Display

SITE Stockholm , SE
Saturday, December 2011 19:00
Oct 16 17:00

Display

mdt Stockholm , SE
Sunday, October 2011 17:00
Oct 15 20:00

Display

mdt Stockholm , SE
Saturday, October 2011 20:00
Oct 14 20:00

Display

mdt Stockholm , SE
Friday, October 2011 20:00
Oct 14 13:00

mdt Stockholm , SE
Friday, October 2011 13:00
Oct 8 19:00

Display

NorrlandsOperan Umeå , SE
Saturday, October 2011 19:00
Oct 7 19:00

Display

NorrlandsOperan Umeå , SE
Friday, October 2011 19:00
Aug 26 16:00

Display

NorrlandsOperan Umeå , SE
Friday, August 2011 16:00
Jun 16 16:00

mdt Stockholm , SE
Thursday, June 2011 16:00
Apr 17 15:30

Magasin 3 Stockholm , SE
Sunday, April 2011 15:30
Apr 17 14:00

Magasin 3 Stockholm , SE
Sunday, April 2011 14:00
Apr 17 11:30

Magasin 3 Stockholm , SE
Sunday, April 2011 11:30
Apr 16 15:30

Magasin 3 Stockholm , SE
Saturday, April 2011 15:30
Apr 16 14:00

Magasin 3 Stockholm , SE
Saturday, April 2011 14:00
Apr 16 11:30

Magasin 3 Stockholm , SE
Saturday, April 2011 11:30
Apr 16 11:00

Dansens Hus Stockholm , SE
Saturday, April 2011 11:00
Apr 15 15:30

Magasin 3 Stockholm , SE
Friday, April 2011 15:30
Apr 15 14:00

Magasin 3 Stockholm , SE
Friday, April 2011 14:00
Apr 15 11:30

Magasin 3 Stockholm , SE
Friday, April 2011 11:30
Apr 14 17:00

Magasin 3 Stockholm , SE
Thursday, April 2011 17:00
Apr 14 15:30

Magasin 3 Stockholm , SE
Thursday, April 2011 15:30
Apr 14 14:00

Magasin 3 Stockholm , SE
Thursday, April 2011 14:00
Apr 14 11:30

Magasin 3 Stockholm , SE
Thursday, April 2011 11:30