A Collecive Body


Tired of constantly inventing new, optimized and virtual self-portrayals for social media and professional networks, Siri Jøntvedt and Martin Sonderkamp interviewed friends and colleagues about how the two of them were perceived in a pre-digitalized world, beyond social media. The documentation of these interviews became the starting point for A Collective Body, in which the two choreographers, together with visual artist Darko Dragicevic and musician Øyvind B. Lyse, trace the gaps between the interstitial spaces of fragmental memories with poetic objects, artificial fur, low-fi audio, text and choreography.

The individual auto-biographical narratives of the texts produced a certain - yet unwanted - nostalgia of the self. We wanted to find an approach that would allow the distribution of text, movement and body in a non-representational manner, subsequently freeing the body from being the carrier of personal history only. The body is no longer the only signifier and carrier of identity and persona. Instead, personage resonates through the subtle arrangements between body, space, object, sound and recorded text.

A Collective Body is an attempt to create a work of art in which the stage itself becomes a site of negotiation of identities through corporeal, sonic, pictorial and medial assemblages. Stage furthermore serves as a space-time sensorium that bears the properties of individual and virtual personas in a non-representational manner.

Jøntvedt and Sonderkamp understands this approach as a virtual out-of-body experience, an extended being-placed-in between-things through which they aim to ‘’redeem’’ the body from being the main site of personage and auto-biographical truth. On the contrary, the auto-biographical self, detached from its own narrative and physical self are splayed out into the interstitial spaces between visuals, objects and sound.

Full performance – Uferstudios, Berlin

Full performance – Scenehuset, Oslo
https://vimeo.com/314264982 (Vimeo är privat)

Performance dates 2018
Tanzfaktur Cologne,
Sat, 24.03 Sun, 25.03

Fri, 06.04, Sat, 07.04 at Studio 1

Scenehuset, Oslo
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Fri, 20.04, Sat, 21.04 Sun, 22.04

Performance: Siri Jøntvedt, Martin Sonderkamp
Choreography: Siri Jøntvedt, Martin Sonderkamp
Set Design & Costume: Darko Dragičević
Sound: Øyvind B. Lyse
Set Design Assistance: Karin Rosemann
Sound Assistance: Marius Haraldsen
Graphic Design: Dragana Krtinić
Photo & Video: Darko Dragičević
Producer: Margrete Rylander

Supported by Norsk Kulturråd and Fond For Lyd og Bilde
Supported by TanzFaktur, Cologne

Thanks to Martin Pilz, Jörn Loges, Slava Gepner