Feb 4: Talking & Props 2018 - Full Day

at 1.30pm-8pm: Ö (The Mutual Letter). Sound Installation / Meriç Algün (SE/TR)
at 2pm-3pm: TO SEE YOURSELF FROM THE OUTSIDE / Hugo Hedberg (SE) & Karen Eide Bøen (NO)
at 3pm-4pm: Coffee + speech
at 4pm-5pm: Sounding lines / Elise Nuding (GB/SE)
at 5pm-6pm: Soup + speech
at 6pm-7pm: Now that we know / Matthias Sperling (GB)
at 7pm-7.30pm: Talk with Matthias Sperling

 
TO SEE YOURSELF FROM THE OUTSIDE
Hugo Hedberg (SE) & Karen Eide Bøen (NO)


In TO SEE YOURSELF FROM THE OUTSIDE  two performers establish a system of verbalizing movements. The observing one defines the one being observed. To see yourself from the outside questions the traditional separation between talking and dancing, and the relationship between language and movement. The performance seems to ask who, how and what defines the self and the other.  At the same time, it unfolds a particular attention to the relationship between body and mind and the physical effects of language. The performance premiered in march 2017 at The Academy Of Fine Art in Oslo

Karen Eide Bøen is a choreographer and dancer based in Bergen/Oslo. She is interested in the relationship between sound and movement, perception, language and power. She holds a BA in Dance Theatre from Laban Centre, UK and a MA in choreography at Oslo National Academy of the Arts 

Hugo Hedberg is an artist and dancer based in Stockholm and Oslo. His work is often   interdisciplinary and explores the relationship between affect, identity, humor och semantics. Hedberg is educated at The Academy Of Fine Art in Oslo.

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Sounding lines

Elise Nuding (GB/SE)

Sounding lines attends to the complex shifts and constant reformulation of bodies, working with/in/between human bodies, non-human bodies and bodies of language. Stemming from the affective-associative qualities of two particular material things—the sounding lines that give the work its name—Sounding lines creates a situation in which one specific entanglement of bodies unfolds

Elise Nuding is an independent artist working with dance and choreography. Her work has been presented in the UK, USA, Portugal and Sweden, and her writing appears in a number of publications spanning the academic and the creative. At present, her research explores: the entanglement of people and things; intersections between writing and dance; and improvisation in/as performance. She holds an M.A. from London Contemporary Dance School and B.A. in Archaeology from Brown University.

The research for Sounding lines has been supported by Weld and c.off.
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Now that we know

Matthias Sperling (GB)

What will change, if and when science discovers how our bodies give rise to our minds?

Choreographer and performer Matthias Sperling furthers his investigation into the relationship between mind and body in a new performance lecture exploring a hypothetical future in which that connection is clarified.

How will dance and choreography be expanded by this new understanding of the body? And how will our society be altered? This work of science fiction builds on recent findings, taking a choreographic perspective to freely imagine plausible, absurd, thrilling or worrying scenarios.

After the performance we hold a talk with Matthias Sperling, Sybrig Dokter, Frédéric Gies and the audience

Matthias Sperling is a choreographer and performer living and working in London, UK. His works include performances in theatre, gallery and museum contexts, video works, and exchanges that take place in public spaces and online. His work has been presented at Sadler’s Wells, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, Wellcome Collection, Dance Umbrella, Nottdance and Springdance (NL), among others. He is a frequent collaborator with Siobhan Davies, together with whom he has created and presented works at galleries including the Barbican, ICA, Whitechapel, Hayward, Tramway and Turner Contemporary.  Born in Toronto in 1974, he studied with the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (1984-1993) and went on to study philosophy at university in Canada before coming to the UK to complete his dance studies with Transitions Dance Company at Laban (1997-1998).He danced with UK companies including Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance (2001-2006) and Matthew Bourne’s Adventures In Motion Pictures (1999-2000), before pursuing his own choreographic work.He was an Associate Artist with Dance4 (2007-2015) and is the winner of a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award (2008).

Created and performed by: Matthias Sperling | Lighting and space design: Jackie Shemesh | Sound design: Joel Cahen | Additional sound engineering: Mike Harwood | Science advisors: Guido Orgs and Nikolas Rose | Artistic mentor: Siobhan Davies | Producer: Iris Chan

Now that we know premiered 29 September 2016 at Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio (London). Supported by Arts Council England, Sadler’s Wells, Dance4 and Siobhan Davies Dance.

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Programme curated by Frida Sandström

Sound installation:

Ö (The Mutual Letter)


Meriç Algün

In the work ”Ö (The Mutual Letter)”, visual artist Meriç Algün uses the 1270 common words between the Swedish and Turkish languages. Exploring how our words and our ability to express ourselves impact our lives, Algün reveals the tension between coherence and nonsense in modes of everyday communication we often take for granted. In the format of an audio installation and a dictionary consisting of the words simultaneously being heard, Ö (The Mutual Letter) reminds us of the disembodied but yet outspoken material of shared memories, linguistic codes and the multiple ways in which presence is dislocated and relocated in between our lips.

Meriç Algün b. 1983, Istanbul, Turkey, is based in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work concentrates on issues of identity, borders and language; revealing relations between elements of complex structures. Recent exhibitions include Finding the Edge, Galerie Nordenhake (2017), All the World's Futures, 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and Becoming European, Moderna Museet (2014).

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Speeches

Natalia Rebelo, Annabell Chin
and Iris Smeds

Three individuals are invited to speak out, through the formulation of words with which they take a stand whilst walking in a certain direction. The listener is free to join at any step. The speech constructs a temporary platform for agency through commitment.

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Talking & Props 2018

With: Mariana Suikkanen Gomes, Hugo Hedberg & Karen Eide Bøen, Elise Nuding, Matthias Sperling, Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt & Andreas Liebmann a.o.

The third edition of Talking & Props collects five scenic works which all in different ways treat languages in relation to a specific movement practice, as of material and sound, or as a sung or told story.

Narratives are stretched into everyday documentaries and poetics but also as a displacement where the fictional becomes real and what could be perceived as truth appears as theater. It is a question of a language appearing in thhe loneliness, within dialogue or in the public.

This year's edition present some works that already started in the previous edition of Talking & Props and artists who have a longer relationship with Weld, but also new acquaintances.


Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt and Andreas Liebmann's verse-sung work EXODUS, Mariana Suikkanen Gome's sense widening work The Tender Protest Series. Matthias Sperling returns with his solo Now that we know after having worked with Weld Company in the fall 2017. Elise Nuding's ongoing research, shown through a distinct presentation format through her solo Sounding lines shown for the first time at Weld together with Hugo Hedberg and Karen Eide Bøen's duet TO SEE YOURSELF FROM THE OUTSIDE.


During Talking & Props, sound- and video works will also be presented, as well as a collection of speeches/utterances in a programme curated by Frida Sandström. On February 4 - The sound installation Ö (The Mutual Letter) by Meric Algün and speeches by invited speakers Natalia Rebelo, Annabell Chin and Iris Smeds and in relation to the EXODUS February 8, the video work Kujalleq by Camilla Aviaja Olsen & Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt. The works relate in some ways to the main questions that Talking & Props stipulate, which are, what kind of body is constituted by a statement and what kind of words a physical material implies. Talking & Props is an affirmation of verbal, scenic expressions and is a pendulum to the choreographic work that Weld Company works with through the devise "No talking & No props”.


All events in english


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Program

Thursday 25/1
at 7pm: TENDER PROTEST SERIES: The Weld Cycle / Mariana Suikkanen Gomes (SE)

Friday 26/1
at 7pm:
TENDER PROTEST SERIES: The Weld Cycle / Mariana Suikkanen Gomes (SE)

Sunday 28/1
at 5pm: TENDER PROTEST SERIES: The Weld Cycle / Mariana Suikkanen Gomes (SE)

Sunday 4/2
at 1.30pm-8pm:
Ö (The Mutual Letter). Sound Installation / Meriç Algün (SE/TR)
at 2pm-3pm: TO SEE YOURSELF FROM THE OUTSIDE / Hugo Hedberg (SE) & Karen Eide Bøen (NO)
at 3pm-4pm: Coffee + speech
at 4pm-5pm: Sounding lines / Elise Nuding (GB/SE)
at 5pm-6pm: Soup + speech
at 6pm-7pm: Now that we know / Matthias Sperling (GB)
at 7pm-7.30pm: Talk with Matthias Sperling


Thursday 8/2
at 7pm: EXODUS / Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt (DK) & Andreas Liebmann (CH)
The videowork Kujalleq by Camilla Aviaja Olsen (DK) & Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt (DK) will be shown during the evening.