Splendour is a choreography on techno music, focusing on the body’s relationship to sound and the illusion of a reversed cause and effect.
Choreography: Stina Nyberg
Performance: Luís Miguel Félix, Nadja Hjorton, Sidney Leoni, Maryam Nikandish, Stina Nyberg, Zoë Poluch and Rebecka Stillman.
Light design: Chrisander Brun
Production: MDT Stockholm, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, City of Stockholm, [DNA] Departures and Arrivals network which is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission
Splendour is created through a daily “techno dance practice”. The rehearsals consist exclusively of performing the entirety of the piece, which is to dance the album Archive One by Dave Clarke from beginning to end. Bound by the most banal relationship to music and by an attempt to avoid all interpretation, elaboration or creativity as such, the performers anticipate the music in order to do the sounds. The practice is strictly formulated through tasks relating to this doing, and in rehearsal no discussions are held concerning individual interpretation or performance.
”Freedom and movement, as political things, must affirm their singularity away from clichés of what ”free movement” and ”moving freely” might be expected to be identified with, and represent.” André Lepecki ”Weaving Politics” 2012
Through avoiding being innovative it wants to steer away from improvisation that promotes individual choices and self-expression. The performance rather aims for working with emotions and reactions that occurs at the instance the sound hits you, in order to express the illusion of bodies creating sound. The techno suggests a dance where no one depends on anyone else to do it but that insists on doing it together. The piece is carried by the imagination and conviction of both performers and audience.