Björn Säfsten / Prologue (2016)

An open space offers a view of an individual, eyes covered, a woman looking out into nothing. She is tracing a world of signifiers, searching for a language to hold onto. She arms herself, and leads herself to becoming something new through transforming inputs and cliches that otherwise would have led her to another identity. It’s all a game. A game of perception. A game  of agency and of who is in charge. She is being re-created  becoming anew, together with the audience, the spectator. She unfolds the possibilities of what the situation itself wants her to become.

In Prologue Björn Säfsten and Sophie Augot explores the violence of language. The body and the mind and its connected actions are here laid bare. The focus is on creating identified representations and then engaging them in a role-play, juggling both their construction and their possible meaning. It´s a game with both the syntax and the semantics of the body and it´s gestures. Bringing images to life that visually problematize our notion of interpretation. The work is a re-creation of a piece for two performers from 2012 moulded into a work for a single performer.

Idea and concept: Anja Arnquist, Sophie Augot, Björn Säfsten
Choreography: Björn Säfsten
Performer: Sophie Augot
Costume: Sophie Augot
Light design: SUTODA
Sound editing: Jon Skoog
Music: Four Tops, George Michael, Four Tet, Chairlift,
Production: Säfsten Produktion and Nordberg Movements
C-production: Säfsten Produktion and Norrlandsoperan

Made through founding by: The Swedish Arts Council, Norrlandsoperan, The City of
Stockholm and the The Swedish Research Council