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 space where the folding of images bends our trust in what we think is an original. A multitude of image transformations flows from the opening minutes into the rest of the performance and ask – what is there to trust?

Fictional copies was created during 2013 by Björn Säfsten, lighting and set design collective SUTODA and five performers. It aims to discuss how the photo today has become a violent force in relationship to the production of identity, the wish of presence and the encounter with one self and the other.

The audience gets to share a space with the performers and are asked to take responsibility within situations that the event creates. It all starts from the copy of their bodies, moving it´s way through a number of suggestions and questions. Often by being ironic the event tries to play with representation and image building and through that create a critical thinking of what we read within the signs displayed. Fictional copies creates an opening for interaction, a strong presence with the performers and an event that both cares for the group while critizicing the longing for a more stable collective.

Concept// Björn Säfsten with SUTODA

Choreopoetry// Björn Säfsten with performers
Performers// Allison Ahl, Anja Arnquist, Kenneth Bruun Carlsson, Oskar Landström, Sebastian Lingserius

Installation// SUTODA

Production// Nordberg Movement and Säfsten Produktion
Co-production// Säfsten Produktion WITH festival Les Boréales and Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen/Basse-Normandie  – Direction Héla Fattoumi/Eric Lamoureux within the framework of the “Accueil-Studio”
// The Swedish Museum of Architecture// NorrlandsOperan in co-operation with Umeå – European Capital of Culture 2014

Premier// 29 November 2013 at festival Lés Boréales, Centre Chorégraphique National De Caen/Basse-Normandie, France.