The Thunderstruck project walks in the footsteps of the genius and madman Nikola Tesla. In the end of the 19th century, the Serbian-American inventor Tesla invented several of our centuries important innovations in electricity and communication. He also invented the tesla coil, an electrical resonant transformer circuit used to produce high-voltage, low-current, high frequency alternating-current electricity. Basically, a device that produces lightning bolts that can be used for entertainment in live electricity shows.

The Thunderstruck project departs from the 19th century phenomena of touring electricity shows. At a time when electricity was still a scientific novelty it was displayed in public performances as acts of magic. Today, a contemporary heir to the electricity magic show is the tesla coil performance, making use of the spectacular sound and light effects produced by the coil, but often wise performed in hyper-masculinized, technique-masturbatory and rock’n’roll-fetishistic shows.

The Thunderstruck project is a feminist take on the tesla coil show. It departs from an interest in a choreography of movement, sound and objects on equal grounds – where both the live performer, the lights, technique and soundscape act as main protagonists. It will create an alternative to the existing macho-spectacular tesla coil shows, pairing effective technical innovations with a long-term research on science and magic.

Choreography and performance: Stina Nyberg.
Research: Sandra Linnell, Zoë Poluch.
Choreographic assistance: Andros Zins-Browne.
Music: Maria W Horn.
Light design: Josefin Hinders.

Producer: Frida Tiger / MDT.
Co-production: MDT, Riksteatern.
Technical consultants: Finn Hammer, Roya Nikjoo.
Administration: Interim kultur.
This presentation is part of the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, which is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission.