In an abstract existence, three individuals come together in an attempt to talk and share a listening coexistence. They form a choir, a flock and at the same time are three different people who talk about what happened before, with different voices, in parts. Together they process a multitude of emotions and attempt in different ways to categorise their impressions, actions and thoughts. Some emotions become embodied and wander away, others enable a physical space to serve as an outlet.
The language is deficient and fragmented. This makes it difficult to listen in the right way, to know how to affirm the other person – but there is a great, and tenderly urgent, shared desire to do so. Out of this listening abstraction, situations arise like dreams in which the night is constantly present.
In Lost night Björn Säfsten and dancers Sophie Augot, Alexander Gottfarb and Marianne Kjaersund attempt to approach the feeling of loss. It is unclear who has lost what or when something was lost. Instead it is a puzzle of fictional situations whose building blocks process what it means to lose something or someone. In the performance, the dancers use words, sound, song and movement to take in and sing out the choreography.
In this production, Björn Säfsten continues his work of twisting and turning around our understanding of how we build meaning. In his choreographic practice, he explores how we can create meaning and ambiguity together by breaking up voices, movement, song and text.
In long working processes with his colleagues, he carves out characters that he likes, characters we want to laugh with, but who, in all their attempts, also fail at speaking clearly. This time the starting point is something as abstract and tangible as an emotional process and an exploration of the tactile. At the time of writing, the structure builds on an exploration of different atmospheres, as much comprised of music as of movement.
Composer Hans Appelkvist was present in the studio during the process and transformed the proposals that emerged from the dancers’ improvisations into compositions. These soundscapes, compositions and songs are then performed by the dancers in the work. In Lost night Björn Säfsten continues his long, close collaboration with lighting designer and set designer Susanna Hedin, who he has worked with since 2010.
Idea and choreography: Björn Säfsten in close collaboration with participating performers.
Dancers: Sophie Augot, Alexander Gottfarb, Marianne Kjaersund
Music: Hans Appelkvist
Light design: Susanna Hedin
Production manager: Anja Arnquist
Production: Säfsten Produktion och Nordberg Movement
Made possible with support by the Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Stockholms Stad. Residencies at The Swedish Arts Council and Arbeitsplatz Wien.