In Fictions of the Flesh, the character Syncopator embodies both past and future. She slides, floats and falls though space, like a Fata Morgana or tardigrade, monarch butterfly or the night train to Palmyra. She gives birth to a couple of tails behind some benches and sheds her fur between trees. She glides on railings and grows in pavement cracks. Slowly, her fingers become so heavy that she can no longer carry them. They snap silently whilst pulling her backwards into Big Freeze.
In Fictions of the Flesh we look at the idea of contemporaneity and how different contemporaneities can be conveyed through costume, dance and choreography. We draw from jazz dance as a physical archive, and combine this with inspiration from speculative future fictions which describe expanded corporealities.
“To enlarge contemporaneity means to amplify the field of reciprocity between the principle of
equality and the principle of the recognition of difference.”
(Boaventura de Sosa Santos, Epistemologies of the South)
Concept and choreography: Ingri Fiksdal
Developed by: Ingri Fiksdal, Fredrik Floen and Mariama Fatou Kalley Slåttøy
Costume and visual design: Fredrik Floen
Choreography and dance: Mariama Fatou Kalley Slåttøy
Producers: Nicole Schuchardt and Eva Grainger
Productions: Fiksdal Dans Stiftelse
Co-production: Black Box Teater Oslo, Dansens Hus, Bærum Kulturhus – Dans Sørøst Norge, BIT teatergarasjen
Supported by: Arts Council Norway
Thanks to: CoFutures
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