Björn Säfsten / Landscapes of I

“Landscapes of I”

Björn Säfstens choreographic method deals with repetition, transformation and production of ambiguous modes of meaning. For “Landscapes of I” the process lingers between the personal and the fictional, the real and the fake, the biographical and the made-up. 

Three longer solos are wowen together in “Landscapes of I” through which personal choreographic landscapes emerge. The process works with rhythm and musicality created through repetitive use of transformative movements and sounds, creating a landscapes of questions and answers. With a blend of crips details and humour the three performer highlight chosen images of themselves, constantly moving. What is real? What is fake? Whose landscape are you stepping into or out of? Is there still something that can truly be called personal?

The material has been created during scattered periods over a year in which Björn and each performer has worked separately.

“Landscapes of I” lingers among memories, around manners, reflexes, conscious and unconscious actions. A hike in the landscape of our self-awareness, or the lack of. A questioning of the wish to control how we present ourselves, playing with the uncertainty of a fixed reality. An experiment with the expressions of honesty and the so-called personal.

Landscapes of I Choreography: Björn Säfsten / Created with the performers: Sophie Augot, Ilyas Odman and Will Rawls Set and Lighting Design: Susanna Hedin, Lumination of Sweden/SuToDa Costume Design: Matilda Hyttsten Vocal coach: Pia Olby Light/sound technician: Heida Kristin Ragnarsdottir Technical coordinator/ stage manager Riksteatern: Kjell-Åke Jönsson Produced by: Säfsten Produktion and Nordberg Movement Production Manager: Anja Arnquist Production Manager Riksteatern: Malin Lundgren Technical Production Manager Riksteatern: Per Larsson Artistic Director, Dance department Riksteatern: Mia Larsson Co-production: Säfsten Produktion and Riksteatern, with productionresidencies provided by Riksteatern (Stockholm), Inkonst (Malmö) and The Chocolate Factory (New York). Made possible with support by the Swedish Arts Council, Stockholms Stad, Stockholm County Council and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee