Haninge Kulturhus, 25th October
Stallgatan 7, Stockholm (T) Kungsträdgården
Our thoughts around AI meet Indian traditional dance forms and visual projections in rhythmic soundscapes. Our times require compressed and fast information and we are surrounded by symbols and codes that make our communication more efficient. At the same time that we socialize less and less physically – In Real Life – emojis, avatars, stickers and cookies have been developed that enhance and nuance our digital communication while simplifying, aligning and globalizing it. Human gestures can seek contact and comfort, provoke and reject. Gestures and bodily codes that move between different places and contexts contain infinite layers of experiences, meanings and expressions. Are there eternal and universal bodily codes and how do we define them? Even after a year of enforced physical distancing during the pandemic, our body language began to change even when we met IRL. Something that created frustration and uncertainty but also contributed to playful innovation when our need for contact had to seek new and digital paths. In a similar way, the ever-increasing digitization affects our approach to our own and others’ bodies. We are thrown between IRL and AI worlds at lightning speed, often without even reflecting on it. But what happens if we stop in the gap between what we can and what we cannot decipher? Between the foreseen and the unforeseen? Between human and artificial intelligence? How do we affirm each other when the boundaries blur? And how do we communicate in the void that occurs when we are physically but not mentally in the same place? In THNGS UNTLD, two dancers investigate how our bodies are affected and our gestures take on new meanings when furiously fast and slow tempos collide in the time paradox of parallel worlds.
Idea: Ulrika Larsen Concept, choreography and dance: Ulrika Larsen, Magdi Beky Winnerstam, Sound design and projections: Tomas Björkdal, Costume and scenography: Magdi Beky Winnerstam, Ulrika Larsen, Produced by Odissi Dansproduktion with the support of Region Stockholm in collaboration with Haninge Kulturhus and Stockholm Sangeet Festival.
Odissi Dansproduktion is a platform for contemporary dance and performing arts based on Indian classical dance founded by Ulrika Larsen in 2003. ODP operates across genres and borders and collaborates with both national and international organizations, choreographers, dancers, musicians and artists. Often the focus is on exploring the techniques and expressions of classical Indian dance in relation to contemporary dance, performing arts and current themes.