Scenographing Bergen

Photo Astrid von Rosen
Photo Astrid von Rosen

Went to Bergen for an intense project-in-the making-meeting. A lot of theatre, potentially across borders. Wanted to implement ideas on "affective assemblages" and "pluralized archives" in relation under-explored dance histories. Ate stockfish. Felt dizzy.

Inspiering to share ideas at the airports in Bergen and Copenhagen with Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen (author of Over the Threshold, Into the World: Experiences of Transcendence in the Context of Staged Events:  about the multisensory as critical topic and research field. Laughed at the view over a mountin (berg in Norwegian) and the text "Bergen?" in yellow. Explained the Saturday Scenography blog idea: things I like, the unexpected, the inspiering, scenographing webs of relations. Will share texts. 

Out of Bergen, sent through my chapter: "Scenografisk sinnlighet: I fält med stadens dansare" [ask me for the English version! Scenographic sensualism: In the field with the city dancers]Humanister i fält, edited by Åsa Arping, Christer Ekholm, Katarina Leppänen, Lir Skrifter: Göteborg, 2016, 121-129. 

Will continue to read Rachel Hann's Beyond Scenography on "the potential for assemblages of bodies and objects - whether tents and barricades, flash mobs and their surroundings - to enact speculative or renewed politics through the very act of being with place [...] Scenographic activism, following this model, can enact speculative politics through the potential of place orientation to reorientate how bodies and materials, power and place, relate to one another (p. 116). A way of thinking that potentially can be really helpful for exploring archival traces after past (but not dead) independent, activist, and more... performance.