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Weld Company@Dansens Hus!

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Phoenix
Weld Company & Rebecka Stillman at Dansens hus main stage!

April 28 (premiere) at 7 pm with following party
April 29 april at 7pm with following party

Tickets at: ticnet.se

http://dansenshus.se/event/phoenix/

Phoenix is a work created with choreographer Rebecka Stillman. On stage we meet 13 dance artists who use different chorographical methods to explore what it means to actually be a company. They delve deep into the knowledge and experience they have between them as a group, to see what might come out on the other side of the fire. The focus is on how the body of a company is built, examining its social as well as physical characteristics.

Weld Company comprises dancers and choreographers from different generations and contexts that together explore different choreographical methods and issues concerning the collective and the shared. Weld Company is the brainchild of the Weld dance and art platform in Stockholm.

Choreography Rebecka Stillman with Caroline Byström, Robin Dingemans, Sybrig Dokter, Marie Fahlin, Pavle Heidler, Noah Hellwig, Elias Girod, Disa Krosness, Josefine Larson Olin, Sandra Lolax, Robert Malmborg, Per Sacklén, Kajsa Sandström, Hanna Strandberg, Andrea Svensson, Anna Westberg.

On stage Caroline Byström, Robin Dingemans, Sybrig Dokter,Marie Fahlin, Noah Hellwig, Elias Girod, Disa Krosness, Robert Malmborg, Sandra Lolax, Per Sacklén, Hanna Strandberg, Andrea Svensson, Anna Westberg.

Light- and setdesign Chrisander Brun
Costume Erik Annerborn
Image Sepidar Hosseini (based on original photos by Weld_Company)
Produced by Weld in collaboration with Nordberg Movement
Made possible with support by the Swedish Arts Council, the City of Stockholm and the Stockholm City Council

WRITINGHUBS
Three Thursday afternoons in a row Weld Company is arranging Writinghubs at Dansens Hus, as part of the process of the upcoming performance Phoenix.

The writing is related to the idea of a repertory dance company, in the past, the present and into the future. We write from the viewer’s position, for everyone who creates dance and from a place of hope..

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1st session: April 7 at 1pm – 4pm
at Dansens Hus, Wallingatan 19, Dansklotet!
2nd session: April 14 at 1pm – 4pm
location TBA
3rd session: April 21 at 1pm – 4pm
location TBA

SUPER MARKET 2016       
Weld Company makes a studio preview with excerpts from Phoenix at the Red Spot stage on the International artist-run art fair Supermarket. The Black House, Telefonplan.

Friday April 22 at 4pm-4.30pm

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Weld company 2016!

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Weld Company members working 2016 are:

Sandra Lolax,
Andrea Svensson,
Hanna Strandberg,
Robin Dingemans,
Disa Krosness,
Marie Fahlin,
Sybrig Dokter,
Per Sacklén,
Noah Hellwig,
Anna Westberg,
Caroline Byström,
Robert Malmborg,
Elias Girod.

The choreographer we will work with is;

Rebecka Stillman

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Weld Company 2014

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We are excited to welcome you to a new season with the work of Weld Company!

Weld Company 2014 is currently in process with Rebecka Stillman, with performances November 5-7. The following week,  there is an encounter between WC 2013 and WC 2014 with evening performances Nov 13+14. Legendary choreopgrapher Margareta Åsberg is working with the Company for one week, which will be shared in an open evening Nov 21.
The Company will work on their own project until Dec 2, when Julian Weber (DE), the last choreographer of the season, is starting his process with performances Dec 17-19.

Dates to look out for  in November are:  5-7, 13-14, 21 and Dec 17-19 but more evenings will be announced! For full detailed program and for tickets go to weld.se

Members of Weld Company 2014: Anna Westberg, Elias Girod (FI), Per Sacklén, Caroline Byström, Pavle Heidler (HR) och Josefine Larson Olin.
Costume by: Erik Annerborn
Light: Ronald Hessman

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Weld Company working with Michael Kliën

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Reflection 1.

There is now a long history of dancers being guided into using their “self” as the principle creative tool in devising processes. In this case we are principally asked to question reality, to expose ourselves to a void of what is beyond. Going there is a familiar feeling to most improvisers, going beyond there is perhaps more interesting if one has been there regularly over a few decades. It is a great challenge though, as in a ways it is asking to take you to a place that you have little idea of how to get to and maybe you won’t recognise it once you have gotten there or even after having returned/or found yourself in a new beyond. A dancer’s body is directly connected to their employability which lends the occupation a natural tendency towards egocentricity, any exploration that takes the dancer beyond themselves is potentially helpful in restructuring the inward egocentric gravity, then again perhaps the outward looking, grasping beyond could just be an expansion of psychological territory and exaggerate any already grand delusions!

Reflection 2.
Memory as a constituting of identity
Memory of memories- where does my memory end and turn into imagination or fabrication
My brain is finecombing its input and storage. I am using the output by synching it into perceptible and unperceptible movement.

This process takes my brain to another level of functioning. I do not really notice this as I am working but can reconstruct it from remembered thought patterns. Noticing things happening which would elicit or need to elicit a certain response, or a thought process into activity but due to this kind of dream state I do not have my usual tools at my disposal during these sessions.

Reflection 3.
After each rendering of the work, memories, reconstructions, debris of past renderings stream through me, emerging through the mesh, the porous gates of my cognitive brain.

The tools to embark upon this practice are in the structure, it calls upon previous experiences and allows me to put this into movement.
The difficulty comes when I have to decide how to interact with others because then I only have my experience to call on as each of the others have too.

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Weld Company working with Efva Lilja

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Reflection 1.

I feel younger; I used to be what I am now.

I am finding myself passing by, in time, thinking of being in. Being in. Seeing myself taking place. I’m taking place.

Is your art a place? The doing opens a room, emotions poor in. Intense feelings of sorrow, loss, confusion. The movements are loaded, fragile, uncertain, empowered.

The Choice.
Am I personal?

 

Reflection 2.

Efva spoke about her different roles in life and how places by convention inherently limits behavior, movement, communication, expression, feelings. Roles represented by three spheres: one public, one private and one for the Arts — a sort of unregulated space where borders can be tested and moved.

We are hitting each other. Not playing hitting, but hitting for real. A revolting feeling. I do not want to do this to that other body. Would it be up to me we could speak about it, like “civilized” people. I’m gradually trespassing a physical limit within. Getting used to the impact and to the response. A new agreement is shaping between us. I can take it. Hit me, but be prepared because I am going to hit you back.

What is respectful: To deny violent physical infliction as expression? Or fighting back?

It becomes clear how also this space of the Arts is fully conventionalized by ideologies, a way of being together as well as in relation to the world beyond the studio. Through the work with the three choreographers so far, each method and choreographic system has also included and enabled different levels of meeting – with our selves, one another and the audience. With Efva we have a triangular relationship to each other. Embodying given material and rhythm experiences are revealed on the floor, up front and besides each other. We meet inside the choreography as it is being made.

 

Reflection. 3

Avoid the neutral attitude. Be alive within.

Dance education is full of contradictions, between an erasing ideal form and discipline – and at the same time absolute euphoria of physically trespassing ones own limitations. And the whole potential of working with the body, the human being.

“Try to push the wall away.”

The big beautiful back-wall. Some thick iron screws are sticking out approximately three meters high. There used to be a “shelf” from where one could climb up and watch. Even higher up on the walls, close to the ceiling and around the room are iron loops. They were used for climbing with harnesses. Half way up the wall a gray line of concrete leaves the trace of what used to be a floor. Weld was divided in a basement and a ground floor. In the basement, left stage side, an artist was painting. On the floor above a dance studio. It was a terrible studio with low ceiling that did not allow for high jumping.

Meeting Efva, history opens up behind me.

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The company as company.

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The company as company. A transmission machine. What is our identity both as a group and as individuals? Is the work performing us or are we performing the work or is the group performing the choreographer? Movement material that is bounced back and forth between dancers and choreographer in a fluid state until decided to allow it to gel in the shape it has at that particular moment. Still unperceptibly changing by performing it again and again. If it reaches a tipping point, it can morph into something quite different from where it started.  Then the question comes whether it will be allowed to exist there where it landed or whether the process of bouncing back and forth has to start anew.

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In relation to the work of Litó Walkey

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André Lepecki From Partaking to initiating: Leadingfollowing as dance’s (a-personal) political singularity:

“Constitutive imperfection of politics. Constitutive imperfection of movement. Both demanding the imperative to courageously engage, so that we do not fall into passive participatory partitionings of the sensible. To dare taking initiative, even in the most adverse environments. To dare to lead just to discover the courage to follow. To dance so to set something in motion, but only if this activation of movement is aimed at not seeing motion falling in proper steps, fit, attached to personhood’s traps. Leadingfollowing. Followingleading. Relinquishing the personal, so that “the unexpected can be expected […] to perform what is infinitely improbable.”1”

1 Arendt, Human Condition, p.178

 

“Rhythm is determined not by the length of the edited pieces, but by the pressure that runs through them.”

– Andrei Tarkovsky

 

Erin Manning Relationscapes – Conclusion: Propositions for thought in motion. pg. 220-226:

“Participate in the complex interplay of the transversal passage between thought, concept, and articulation.”

“It foregrounds language not as a personal enunciation but as a collective event articulated through relational series. […] prearticulation becomes preacceleration: the reaching-toward of expression as conceptual unfolding. We are moved to think. […] It is about how a language must always be invented in tandem with the force of the unknowable, its appetition for novelty kept alive. This feeling for the new proposes a taking-form of language where language becomes less a syntax than a milieu for expression.”

“We find ourselves thinking sound. Sound becomes a concept for language in the making.”

“Taking form always begins with the terminus. The terminus is not an end point but the energy of a beginning. The terminus kick-starts the process of articulation. There is no causal finitude here: we never know what becomes of a beginning. The directionality we have “in mind” is a relation of tension, a reaching-toward that makes us think, always more than a goal. The terminus is a force of thought toward articulation.”

“We often assume language’s termini are words. Words are not language’s termini; they are only one of the events along the way. The terminus of language is the relational folding-through of prearticulation. Language emerges not through an already-constituted thought: it merges with thought’s tendency toward relation. How thought becomes relational is how language begins to take form. With prearticulation comes a feeling-with that proposes the potential of a taking form. This event in the making articulates itself in an infinity of ways, sensingly, linguistically, affectively.”

“It is a movement of thought pulled forth from the relations of tension that make up the passage from prearticulation to the concept to enunciation.”

“Begin with the interval and admit it into experience.”

“Rethink what counts as art, as practice, as thought, as writing, as politics. The relation is as real as anything else—it is the associated milieu through which all else comes into contact.”

“[…]the creation of relational objects for thinking-in-action.”

“Without transduction, propositions have no force. Transduction is the unity of an event across its different phases, a processual individuation across strata that creates affinities between levels of experience. Propositions provoke transductions that alter what a particular relation can do in a given instance. Not every relational object is evocative in every instance. Each material shape-shifts into different affinities of purpose.”

“Thought is an untimely proposition.”

“[…] takes us out of the time of language as enunciation to the time-pressure of conceptual pre articulation. We feel the force of expression taking form even as we remain unsure of what is actually being said.”

“A constant conversation is an untimely affair: it jumps from plane to plane, virtu- ally participating on the plane of thought and prearticulation, becoming-actual through concept formation, finally emergent on the plane of composition of language’s articulation. This infinite conversation is enveloped by the terminus not of signification but of responsivity.”

 

Erin La Cour One Events, May 2103

Qu’est ce qu’on a vu Cette vue qu’est ce qu’on a vu enfin. Vu Et. Cette vue. Qu’est ce que c’est enfin. Theresa Hak Kyung Cha1

This quotation, taken from the personal narrative of postmodern writer and artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, underscores two interconnected ideas that One Events reflects upon: (dis)location and (dis)locution. In this series of questions presented as statements, Cha prompts her readers to see with her that perhaps there is no answer to what we have seen, that there is no finality. Underlined in titling her work Dictee, Cha’s quotation raises questions of dictation and authorship, of place and placelessness, ultimately pointing her readers to reflect upon whether if in any speech or action there are two selves or voices, if one is the voice of another, and if so, who this other is.

One Events, the final presentation of Ayse Orhon, Christina Ciupke, and Litó Walkey for the Master in Choreography from the Amsterdam Theater School, engages with these questions both collectively and individually, that is, both on the level of the event, which juxtaposed the three individual pieces, and on the level of the relationship between the performer and the audience.

As the evening unfolded, the structure of the event became more clear, but the separation between the performer and audience became further blurred. In each piece, the participation and interaction of the audience with the performer and with the work itself was revealed as a key component in what the pieces aimed to communicate. Interrelated to the level of the event, the way in which the audience’s participation with the artists and the works grew as the evening progressed. Though each artist and work encouraged different revelations of (dis)location and (dis)locution, taken together, the works encouraged a multifaceted experience of these concepts so central to the works of these artists and to their collective expression.

[…]Litó created a sense of timelessness and placelessness in her work; we were left wondering when the piece would start and where it would take place. However, without fully realizing it, we were already active participants in the work, engaged with Litó’s questioning the boundaries between performer and spectator, beginning and end; we were awaiting something that in fact had already begun.

[…]

1Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Dictee (Berkeley, CA: Third Woman Press, 1995), 125.

Glossary

A property, commonly shortened to prop (plural: props), is an object used on stage or on screen by actors during a performance or screen production. In practical terms, a prop is considered to be anything movable or portable on a stage or a set, distinct from the actors, scenery, costumes and electrical equipment. During the Renaissance in Europe, small acting troupes functioned as cooperatives, pooling resources and dividing any income. Many performers provided their own costumes, but special items—stage weapons, furniture or other hand-held devices—were considered “company property;” hence the term “property.” The relationship between “property” in the sense of ownership and “property” in the sense of a stage or screen object imply that they “belong” to whoever uses them on stage.

Episode 1670s, “commentary between two choric songs in a Greek tragedy,” also “an incidental narrative or digression within a story, poem, etc.,” from Fr. épisode or directly from Gk. epeisodion “addition,” originally neut. of epeisodios “coming in besides,” from epi “in addition” (see epi-) + eisodos “a coming in, entrance” (from eis “into” + hodos “way”). Sense of “outstanding incident, experience” first recorded in English 1773.

“[…] transduction is characterized by the fact that the result of this process is a concrete network including all the original terms. The resulting system is made up of the concrete, and it comprehends all of the concrete. The transductive order retains all the concrete and is characterized by the conservation of information, whereas induction requires a loss of information.” – Gilbert Simondon

Prosody (Phonetics) – use of pitch, tempo, rhythm in speech to convey information about the structure and meaning of an utterance. (Literary studies) – theory and principles of versification, especially as they refer to rhythm, accent and stanza – study of versification, esp. systematic study of metrical structure. The rhythmic and intonational aspect of language song sung to instrumental music pros- in addition oide – song, the study of the metrical study of a particular system of versification (metrical composition of a poem).

Palimpsest writing material (as parchment or tablet) used one or more times after earlier writing has been erased.
Something having usually diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface.

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Weld Company working with Litó Walkey.

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Reflection 1.

We are engaged in a practice of looking at our own output and then by writing about it finding a new entrance or a different way of perceiving what we have done. Rather then react to that  disecting by developing the material and changing it, we turn it over, around and pull it inside out in our thoughts and practice. Almost as though the work is being psycho-analysed. What did it do? What did it feel like? How did it react? What does it remember or suggest? When executing the material again we include the shifts of attention, the moving of focus, try to recognize when and where the actual start was and when it ended.

When we started working the space was full of our process with Rebecka Stillman. Instead of taking it away and changing the space, it all is still there. Some things are used again and others are standing or lying there: residues, remnants, objects without an obvious function. We are adding to those objects, leave more things, more unused superfluous objects. They are there, waiting, reminding, predicting and suggestive of a past that is in us and we in it.

Reflection 2.

Through Lito’s writing* practice it seems we have gained access to places equivalent to the Aborigine Dreamtime, or a free pass to realms that usually takes years of psychoanalysis, but we somehow start to inhabit these places all day, which are usually beyond the reach of western lived states. We are still fully cognitive and processing with systematic precision (well attempting to and embracing and dealing with our failings as new facts that may catch us enough to be deliberately included in an again of some form). The precision is used in a way that is translucently open flowing to all areas but also with an emphasis on refining finest of details we feel compelled to capture, amplify, conceal or remove. A sublime symphonic harmonic dyslexia that rescripts itself, simultaneously cannibalizing and conceiving itself a new, each time it is activated or reformulated.

*So far Lito’s writing practice has included: means of rigorous application of reformulations, transforming and transgressing questions to imperative affirmations, responding with activations of the affirmations and then reprocessing them through performing, rescripting and then reperforming further transgressed/rescripted but not developed beyond the original performing, what actually was performed from the performers perspective.

Reflection 3.

How will we remove the talking and props from the work? Will it be amplified so much that it transcends into something where the props and talking become redundant and unnecessary?

Transduction….
I am dreading everytime we’re starting a new performance composition but love the feeling after having performed it; with all it’s imperfections. Did I break against a rule? Was that good or bad? I’ll probably just remember it and try not to put value on it. Why do I feel completely at home in one second to just feel completely lost the next?
Choosing the path I am not sure will work always makes it more interesting. How to anchor a memory by repeating but avoiding completeness? Will I ever enjoy doing it? Don’t I enjoy doing it? What is it actually that I am doing?
It’s only complete with an audience. Incomplete fragments.

Reflection 4.

On to talking, no props

In order to say no to something you have to know what you say no to.
We investigate props and talking spending time with them, by using props and talking.
We put pressure on these concepts to identify their edges, where do they break?
When/where does something/somebody become a prop? When/where does communication or using of voice become talking?

On removal/concealment/amplification in relation to above

Can something loose its meaning or become less clear through amplification?
Is obvious absence some kind of presence? Can we by removing talking from our material make someone think about the function of speech?
Can concealment be a main event, seen as more important than what it is concealing? Can we conceal something and then take away what we conceal, but keeping the act of concealment?
What is concealment an amplification of? A secret. Something that is important or threatening. Something that does not belong. What does concealment consist of? Something that is in line with that which belongs, a copy of it. It can be identical, but will always have another agenda.

Reflection 5.

Something:s, very precise and particular things, described and inscribed in neatly arranged and ordered forms, composed in concealed manners, flooding through this vessel that I am, a filter so full of imperfections, overloads and shadows: diffuse and imprecise is the name of the dance,  …transing, all there is is is, one will be missing, bits from a wordfeast.

 

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