guest performers 2019

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juli apponen

life is hard and then you die - part 3

Life is hard and then you die - part 3 is an autobiography of body. It’s an attempt to share a life, an outer destiny and a personal inner world.
In the form of a performance lecture and through a collage of material and memory - of unshareable pain, psychological reports, sex dreams, memories, astrology and too many surgeries it will satisfy your curiosity, perhaps even more than you wished for.
The audience is invited to take part in the physical pain and trauma of the person in front of them, what identity even possibly means and to question how we can share our dif cult experiences.

Juli Apponen works mainly with performance and choreography - as director, choreographer and performer and teacher. Based on the autobiographical she has created several renowned performances besides Life is hard and then you die - part 3 - as the choreography Everything Remains with Jon R Skulberg and Blind Boi Diaries about and with Sindri Runudde. She was born in Finland, but based in Sweden.


Hominal & Chaignaud


Between arid ecstasy, radiant meditation and cruel hypnosis, Duchesses explores an incredible, sovereign and prisoner dance based on the oldest game of humanity: the hula hoop. Symbol of sexual liberation, the hula hoop becomes for the Duchesses an instant and incessant choreographic tool, without past or future, a universal two-wheeled vehicle.
Initially inspired by the desire to share strategies of transformation and disguise, Duchesses quickly becomes a challenge to never stop turning the circle. A practice of minimalist choreography like the dynamic constraint of keeping the hula hoop suspended, organises the body, its efforts, its tensions and its exits. Technique and luck nurture the high metaphorical, symbolic and even magical potentiality of this floating circle, which rotates weightlessly at high speed around our hips.
Metaphor of the universe's continuous rotations, the materialisation of the energy-waves that the body unfolds with the hula hoop also becomes an individual asceticism. The imprisonment granted within these circles is the condition of the reign of these Duchesses. The many references of the hula hoop - from the most childish to the most sulphurous - also cross our naked bodies, involved in this crazy race.

Born in Rennes, François Chaignaud earned a diploma in 2003 at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris. Afterwards, he soon collaborates with several choreographers, such as Boris Charmatz and Emmanuelle Huynh.
From 2004 to 2013, he has created performances in which dance and singing intersect, in a wide variety of environments and at the meeting points of many inspirations. From this tension, the possibility of a body takes shape. Also a historian, François Chaignaud publishes “L’Affaire Berger-Levrault : le féminisme à l’épreuve (1898-1905)” with PUR. In collaboration with artist Nino Laisné, he has created “Romances inciertos: un autre Orlando”, bringing together four instrumentalists around various ambiguous motifs of genre from the choreographic and vocal Iberian repertoire. In 2018 François Chaignaud also choreographed Soufflette, a piece for the Carte Blanche Ballet (Norway) in collaboration with Romain Brau premiered in May in Studio Bergen.
His new creation in collaboration with musician Marie-Pierre Brébant Symphonia Harmoniæ Cælesitum Revelationum premiered in May 2019 during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels. François Chaignaud is associate artist at Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy.




black med

The Mediterranean Sea, once understood as a fluid entity aiding the formation of networks and exchange, is now the scenario of a humanitarian crisis and heated geopolitical dispute.
Following scholar Alessandra Di Maio’s adaptation of the Black Atlantic theory to the Mediterranean, Black Med aims at intercepting the trajectories that sounds trace passing through this protean area. Divided into different chapters, the Black Med listening sessions are based on a DJ set supported by a series of projected slides containing theoretical texts and backstories referring to the musical pieces, grouped by elegiac themes. The sessions explores different journeys of sound movement, touching topics such as alternate use of technology, migrations, peripheries and interspecies communication.

Simone Bertuzzi (Piacenza,1983) and Simone Trabucchi (Piacenza,1982) have been collaborating as Invernomuto since 2003. Although their work focuses primarily on the moving image and sound, they also integrate sculpture, performance and publishing into their practice.

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The Otolith Group

the third part of the third measure

The Third Part of the Third Measure (2017) creates an encounter with the militant minimalism of avant-garde composer, pianist and vocalist Julius Eastman. The Third Part of the Third Measure focuses on what The Otolith Group describes as ‘an experience of watching in the key of listening’, invoking political feelings of defance and the collective practice of movement building that participates in the global struggles against neoreactionary authoritarianism. The Third Part of the Third Measure invites viewers to attend to exemplary ecstatic aesthetics of black radicalism that Eastman himself once described as ‘full of honour, integrity and boundless courage’.

Founded by Anjali Sagar and Kodwo Eshun, The Otolith Group creates films, installations, audioworks and performances informed by methods drawn from the cognitive estrangement generated by science fiction. Their lm and video works incorporate post lens-based essayistic aesthetics that explore the temporal anomalies, anthropic inversions and synthetic alienation of the posthuman, the in-human, the non-human and the anti-human.

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Sofia Jernberg


One of Sofia Jernberg’s deepest interests as a singer is to explore the “instrumental” possibilities of the voice. Her singing vocabulary includes sounds and techniques that often contradict a conventional singing style. She has dug deep into non verbal vocalizing, split tone singing, pitchless singing and distorted singing.

Sofia Jernberg is a Swedish experimental singer, composer, improviser and performer. As a composer she has been commissioned by Barents composer orchestra, Swedish Radio P2, Stockholm Jazz Festival, Trondheim jazz orchestra, Oslo 14 Vocal Ensemble, Klang - Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival, BANFF - Center for arts and creativity, The Gothenburg Combo and various chamber ensembles. She was born in Ethiopia in 1983. She grew up in Ethiopia, Vietnam and Sweden. Since 2011 she lives in Oslo, Norway.