fifty ways to leave a shape


fifty ways to leave a shape is Siri Jøntvedt´s homage to her own hip. A process of dealing with what has passed and what is yet to come. With more than thirty years of experience as a performer and dance maker, she now needs to teach herself new ways to leave, and not hold on.

Exploring the current possibilities of how to deal with the everchanging landscapes and the notion of a body searching for new meaning. In states of grief, fear and deep listening, the material oscillates between walking and singing and the spaces in between. Dark body beats stretch out in space.

Scaling down expectations and looking for possibilities to arise, layer upon layer. The sonic environment consists of recordings of the hip and it´s decay, amplified and multiplied, blended with voice and transformed songs. Borders of understanding the body does not stop were the skin ends but expands further towards nature.


I’m on tonight, and my hips don’t lie and I’m starting to feel alright

The attention, the direction, I can feel it in my body
– Shakira

What does it mean to leave a shape?
In these strange times, everything shifts on a global level; the world offers new perspectives and demands different things from us than before. How do we leave something behind and move forward into uncertainty? The body is fragile, I'm fragile because the body is changing. Bodies are always changing, created to deal with change, it is inextricably intertwined. How does this work? What is working now? How can I surrender into change? This piece displays the traces of what my body has been through, and what is yet to come.

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“Quite simply, and very elegantly, Jøntvedt demonstrates several ways to meet the floor. This can be divided into thousands of small details. [...] The sequences stand as proof that good craftmanship is timeless: Time literally stops here. […] Where brilliance often can be experienced as plastic and contrived, she proves that it can also be personal, intimate and an expression of a vast amount of time.”

– Jonas Øren, Norsk Shakespeare tidsskrift

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Concept, Choreography, Performance: Siri Jøntvedt
Composer/Sound Designer: Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad
Outside eye/Sound (Run That Body Down): Øyvind B. Lyse
Filmmaker/Artistic Collaborator/Photo: Darko Dragičević
Film and photo at Kunsthall Grenland: Vibeke Heide
Light Designer: Evelina Dembacke/Svein Inge Neergård
Producer: Annika Ostwald

Thanks to Anna Nordanstedt, Snelle Hall, Harald Fetveit, Anna Westberg and Stockholm

Co-Production: Dans i Trøndelag, Dansekunst i Grenland and DansiT.

Supported by Norsk Kulturråd, Fond For Lyd og Bilde, FFUK

(There have been multiple cancellations/postponements of this project in both 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19)