Björn Säfsten / Introduction (2012)

In Introduction choreographer Bjorn Säfsten and dancers Sophie Augot and Anja Arnquist put their ways of working under the loop – and turns their methods in and out to find new ways to approach their language. They are interested in how choreography creates identity, representation and presence.

Introduction takes on choreography as language and the language’s effect on the body. Language can be violent in the way that it sets down characteristics, gender and identity. Both the spoken, written, and choreographic language is also our means of communication with others and allows us the means of expression. Introduction proposes a dramaturgy in which these issues are addressed, in a line of concepts and practices.

How do we build language and how we agree on meanings of words?
How do we shape them into gestures, sounds, socializing, promises, outcomes?

How does it restricts us and how do we free ourselves using language?

In the performance Anja and Sophie re-writes themselves, their own choreographies, others choreography, their impacts on and to power.

Idea, concept, set- and costumedesign: Anja Arnquist, Sophie Augot,
Björn Säfsten
Choreographer: Björn Säfsten
Dancers: Anja Arnquist, Sophie Augot
Lighting design: SUTODA
Philosopher: Per Nilsson
Production: Säfsten Produktion & Nordberg Movement

Co-production: Säfsten Produktion & NorrlandsOperan

Made possible with generous support from the Swedish Arts Council, the City of Stockholm and the Swedish Research Council

Premier 20 September 2012 NorrlandsOperan, Umeå, Sweden

Introduction is an unusually extroverted introspection by an impressively consistent choreographer who this time both challenges their ideas and introduces himself to the audience through the dancers. It is an evocative and exciting study in the art of viewing, communication and exposing.”
Anna Ångström, Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden