In Splendour, sound is the origin of every movement. The seven performers on stage dance themselves sweaty in a corporeal translation from music to dance. Here, a ”techno practice” that focus on the affective capacity of music allows rhythm to enter the bodies of both dancers and audience.
Splendour was created through a daily practice where the rehearsals have consisted exclusively of performing the entirety of the piece – dancing the techno album Archive One by Dave Clarke from beginning to end. Bound by the most banal relationship between sound and movement and with an attempt to avoid all interpretation, elaboration or creativity as such, the performers anticipate the music in order to do the sounds.
Through not aiming for innovation, Splendour wants to steer away from improvisation that promotes individual choice and self-expression. The performance rather aims for an actual experience of self-determination. Working with emotions and reactions that occurs at the instance the sound hits you, Splendour creates the illusion of bodies creating sound. The techno suggests a dance where no one is dependent on anyone else to do it but where we insist on doing it together.
Choreography: Stina Nyberg
Performance: Luís Miguel Félix, Nadja Hjorton, Sidney Leoni, Maryam Nikandish, Stina Nyberg, Zoë Poluch and Rebecka Stillman
Lighting design: Chrisander Brun
Administration: Interim kultur Artist Cooperative
Production: Stina Nyberg and MDT
Supported by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the City of Stockholm and [DNA] Departures and Arrivals network which is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission.
Duration: 52 minutes
Opened at MDT in Stockholm in December 2014