» Björn Säfsten / 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
During a year choreographer Björn Säfsten conducts interviews with three dancers, Sophie Augot, Ilyas Odman and Will Rawls, separately. Talking about how they think they became the persons they are today.

Björn will asks them to dance their own dance history and explain their feelings about it.
This filmed material constitutes the first choreographic material for the work Landscapes of I, which will open in February 2018.

The process wishes to view performing as a way to process ones understanding of the self. One could consider that we are always and constantly in a state of performing. That we are becoming people by manifesting the self as expression in the world.
A performative act with the potential to possibly change us – but which is hard to comprehend and control. In the making of Landscapes of I these standpoints are our jumping stones into creating a work based on three individual performers, their past, their now and their future.

Landscapes of I wishes through its research to linger among memories, around ideas of how one is, around manners, reflexes, conscious action and unconscious action. A hike in the landscape of our self awareness, or the lack of. A questioning of the wish to control how we present ourselves and play with the uncertainty of a fixed reality. What it will turn into we do not know at this point – perhaps a funny and uncanny study of physical behaviour. An experiment with the expressions of honesty, presentation and the co-called personal.