Fictions of the Flesh (2021)

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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)


Developed by: Ingri Fiksdal, Fredrik Floen and Mariama Fatou Kalley Slåttøy

Concept and choreography: Ingri Fiksdal

Costume and visual design: Fredrik Floen

Choreography and dance: Mariama Fatou Kalley Slåttøy

Photo: Simen Thornquist (1-6) / Fredrik Floen (7) / Karsten Piper @Passage Festival (8-9) / Erika Hebbert (10-15)

Production and distribution: Nicole Schuchardt

Production and administration: Eva Grainger

Produced by: Fiksdal Dans Stiftelse

Co-produced by: 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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