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Postcard from PAF

Hey!

Sun is shining, food is delicious, getting a lot of work done and hang out with great people. 

NYXXX

Greeting from Nyxxx
Greetings from Nyxxx

We have spent a couple of weeks at the Performing Arts Forum in St Erme, France. We participated in the Spring Meeting with lectures by philosophers Eleni Ikoniadou, Ray Brassier and Katerina Kolozova. It was nine intense days of thinking future, sound, time, feminism, post-capitalism etc. Between lectures participants presented artistic and theoretical proposals open for everyone. Nyxxx hosted several sessions circling around collective voice and text. Both during the lectures and aside from them we facilitated co-writing sessions. Within a set time frame short fictive stories were written by several writers in the same document simultaneously. We also hosted a collective voice meditation. During the stay we’ve also started working on a new piece that will be presented early 2016.

Thanks to Swedish Arts Grant Comittee / Konstnärsnämden for supporting our stay!

Proudly presenting: Dasniya Sommer in residence!

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During April 27th-May 4th, Nyxxx and coorganizer Kokoro2 host their first artistic residency together. We have the pleasure to receive the Berlin-based choreographer Dasniya Sommer for a week of reflection and exchange. She, like us, has an interest for interaction and intimacy in her performance work. Together, we want to create a platform for exploring such artistic practices.

In connection to the residence, Dasniya will host a couple of public workshop around one of her important working tools, namely rope. She is also performing at 18.00 on Sunday May the 3rd.

Are you interested in participating in one of the workshops, want to know more about the performance or have other questions? Write to kokoro2.info@gmail.com

About Dasniya Sommer

Dasniya Sommer is a choreographer and dancer based in Berlin. She has trained ballet and yoga since early childhood, and received her formal dance training in Berlin and New York. Between 2007 and 2009 Dasniya Sommer co–founded and developed the venue Schwelle7, an experimental project space in Berlin. Her choreographic focus has for many years been Japanese rope bondage (aka shibari) and classical ballet. Drawing also on her academic studies in ethics and aesthetics, her performances often question stereotypical body concepts and related styles of fetishising. In recent years, she has developed a technique she calls ”messy tying” that combines traditional elements with improvisation principles in a kind of ”punk” bondage.

To learn more about her work, visit her home page: http://dasniyasommer.de/

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Workshop on Yoga and Shibari with Dasniya Sommer

Saturday May 2nd, 14:00–17:00

Since 2007, Dasniya Sommer conceptualizes workshops which combine shibari and yoga. This will be the first time she offers such a workshop in Sweden. Yoga allows us to develop a sense of our own body anatomy. The simultaneous perception of one’s own breathing and body-map is important, as is to be able to meet other bodies while playing with rope. In some of the asanas (yoga postures) we will integrate ropes. The touch of the rope helps clarify one’s investigation of the posture, and mixes the sensual and manual skills of bodies and ropes. In the second part of the workshop, we mix different rope techniques and stir things up. In pair or group situations in which we develop a bodily conversation, we see expressions of queer, grotesque or purely abstract play. We will work here also with methods drawn from dance and contact improvisation, and elements from role-playing games.

Beginners in yoga and rope are equally welcome. There are still free spots.

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Workshop on Self-Suspension in ropes with Dasniya Sommer

Sunday May 3rd, 14:00–17:00

The work MA√ 15 { idiosyncrasy } || sin x = ly – fx2 (see documentation here ) is probably Dasniya Sommer’s most famous self-suspension piece. It gained wider recognition in contemporary dance in 2009 and toured internationally. While acrobatic endurance and virtuosity is one possibility with self-suspension work, there are also many other aspects that this expression allows. It is a dialogue with one’s own body and limits as well as with gravity and sensory experience. It is an opportunity for both meditation and playful exploration. In this workshop, Dasniya Sommer gives tools for entering this practice from the angles that are interesting for the individual, in a group of no more than 10 people.
Some prior experience with shibari technique is beneficial. The workshop is preliminary fully booked.

Works

Nattens Gudinna (2017)

Nattens gudinna (Goddess of Night) is a participatory performance for teens made with Uppsala stadsteater. It revolves around the use and experience of hands: touching, feeling, communicating, shaping. Nattens gudinna was performed 32 times for a total audience of 960. More info in swedish.

Spöken i maskinen (2016)

Spöken i maskinen (Ghosts in the Machine) is a radio drama in 5 episodes and 5 podcasts produced for Swedish public service Sveriges radio, Drama för unga. Listen in swedish.

Tactical Meditations (2016)

Tactical Meditations is a participatory piece performed in a black box. The audience are invited to join different exercises related to our cybernetic relations to technology and media. It has been performed at Turteatern in Stockholm, Inkonst in Malmö and at Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, all in all 16 times.

Join (2015 / 2017)

Join is part theater performance, part play with the audience, all wrapped in cozy dystopian corporate culture. It was produced in collaboration with Teater InSite in Malmö. Temporal working groups play, read, talk, watch videos and listen to voices together. Join has been performed in Malmö, Hässleholm, Lund, Ängelholm, Helsingborg, Borås and Stockholm, all in all 19 times.

Din inre röst (2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017)

Din inre röst (Your inner voice) is a class room piece made with ung scen/öst for 10-15 year olds. The piece is a low-key phenomenological investigation of space and directions, guided by a ghostly voice on 16 different channels. Din inre röst has been played 192 times in different schools in Östergötland for a total audience of 4260. In 2016 and 2017 the piece is on tour with Scenkonst Sörmland and Borås stadsteater.

The Hospitality (2014)

The Hospitality is a role-playing scenario that was produced for Gothenburg dance and theatre festival. It has also been played at Stockholm Scenario festival, internally at Ung scen/öst in Linköping and at Grenselandet larp festival in Oslo. It is based on the idea of choreocracy – power through movement. The Hospitality is available for download in English and French. It’s been performed 7 times.

Human Agency (2014)

Human Agency played at Turteatern and Inkonst. In this piece there are 30 audience members and 12 head-phones that switch heads as the piece progress. Avatars meet ordinary human beings. Human Agency has been performed 6 times.

Konstnärsspelet / Artist Survival Simulator (2014)

Konstnärsspelet is a web based twine game about life conditions for artists. It was later translated to english and published under the title Artist Survival Simulator. In 2015 we did a physical multiplayer version of the digital game (in swedish).

Drömdykarna (2013)

Drömdykarna (Oneironauts) was a participatory performance written and produced exclusively for Unga Dramaten (Royal theatre). It was made for 10-13 year old kids and featured different dream rooms where different game mechanics applied. Sounds and voices were distributed to the audience on 30 individual frequencies.

Avatarvaro (2011/2012)

Avatarvaro, roughly translated The Avatar Condition, premiered 2011 as a production made with Unga tur and played at Turteatern. The artistic team behind later decided to form Nyxxx. In 2012 we played the piece at Inkonst in Malmö. In Avatarvaro the audience are directed by head-phone instructions in groups of 6. Avatarvaro has been played 7 times.

The Hospitality

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A game in the space around gifts, loss and collective action.

In order for another world to be possible, we have to be prepared to lose the world we are already familiar with. Welcome onboard The Hospitality – a space scenario where you and up to thirty other players enter a game or a participatory role-play in which we test circumstances and situations that are different from the ordinary life.

Everything you need to play The Hospitality

L’Hospitalité en français

Generously translated by Stephane Rigoni.

Credits

By Tova Gerge, Ebba Petrén and Gabriel Widing

Commisioned by and played at Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival 15-17 of May, 2014

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Photos from Human Agency at Inkonst

Here are some photos from our recent participatory avatar piece Human Agency. The three shows at Inkonst in Malmö were sold-out and we look forward to play it again in Stockholm. There is a lot to be said about what we did and we will post more stuff later, at least in swedish. In the end we chose to present the work as a kind of ritual or meditation, a contemplation on bodies, objects, spaces and technology.

 

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IMG_0516The photos from the ground were taken by Gabriel Widing and the ones from above by Kerstin Weimers.

 

Thanks to Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet) for financial support.

About us

Nyxxx (SWE) is an artist collective producing performance art where the audience experiences the works from within. During the past six years, Nyxxx have done pieces, workshops and practice based research in collaborations in a wide range of contexts.

Nyxxx consists of a sound designer, a light designer, a dramaturg, a director, a game designer and a visual artist. These are Elize Arvefjord, Kerstin Weimers, Tova Gerge, Ebba Petrén, Gabriel Widing and Albin Werle.

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Om oss

Nyxxx är ett scenkonstkollektiv med medlemmar baserade i Köpenhamn, Malmö och Stockholm. Vår ambition är att skapa estetiska händelser och spel där publiken, både som enskilda kroppar och som tillfällig gemenskap, kan ta plats. Publikens deltagande skiljer sig åt i olika verk, ibland används röstinstruktioner i hörlurar för att stimulera till handling och sensibilitet.

Get in touch

Ebba Petrén
ebba.petren@gmail.com
+46-(0)737708531

Gabriel Widing
gabriel.widing@gmail.com
+46-(0)735707959

Performers in previous works

Mira Andersson, Danait Bein, Sinit Bein, Laila Berger Torsson, Rosie Björkman, David Book, Nora Bredefeldt, Ester Claesson, Mani Dagdaranfar, Adriana Aburto Essén, Lisa Forslund, Joline Gustafsson Hällkvist, Thom Kiraly, Michalis Koutsogiannakis, Mathilda Lindström, Märta Lundin, Eva Melander, Ellen Norlund, Francisco Sobrado, Johan Stavring, Eric Stern, Matthias Hahne Thorbjörnsson, Niklas Valenti, Liv Vesterskov, Ivan Wahren, William Winter.

Human Agency – a new avatar performance at Inkonst & Turteatern

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A participatory avatar piece about different bodies and possibilities to act in a world where new technologies enables and disables human fellowships. 

Welcome to Human Agency, an organization with twelve voices but no bodies. When you join us you will be able to listen to one of these voices and become the body which enables the organization to operate in the world. Human Agency emerges between the organic, technical and the virtual elements. You become an avatar, confronting life in a new way through your own senses. Becoming a ”member body” in Human Agency you will get access to a new techno-social approach to life. 

We live in an era where the approach to life changes and shifts in relation to different machines and medias. Technologies and human beings melt together and forms new symbiotic bodies. Human Agency examines these new bodies through a meeting between free human beings and voice-navigated avatars.

Human Agency invites you to be navigated. Different voices will lead you through the piece. Through head phones you will get instructions on how to move, talk and act and you can also influence how.

Nyxxx is a performing arts collective with members from Copenhagen, Malmö and Stockholm. Their aim is to create performances with the audience in the centre. The form for the audience participation differs in their work but often they use head phones with instructions that stimulate action.

Text and direction: Ebba Petrén and Gabriel Widing | Sound design: Elize Arvefjord | Objects: Albin Werle | Light design: Kerstin Weimers | Production: NYXXX | Co-production: the Theater Academy in Malmö | With the support of: the Swedish Arts Council and the City of Stockholm.

Premiere at Inkonst, Malmö, April 23!

Date and time: April 23–25 , 7 pm | Space: Inkonst | Length: 60 min | Language: Swedish | Entrance: 150:- U26/stud 90:- | Tickets: Kulturcentralen

The performance will also be played at Turteatern, Stockholm, 11-13 of September.

The Hospitality

A game in the space around gifts, loss and collective action.

These days, we are preparing for The Hospitality, a game for Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival. We’ll be performing 15-17th of May. The festival just released their whole program, so lots of interesting things to check out.

So far we have done two game tests, at the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm. This is what it looked like the 30th of January:

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Ok, the floor was not like that for real. But as you can see, we are laborating with different notions of space.

This is what it looked like the 20th of February:
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This was Gabriel photographing me and Ebba through the door while we were busy preparing a spaceship made of cloth – our first test with scenography, that turned out very well. Then the game testers came, and off we went on a two hour trip in – yeah, you guessed it, space!

We will also game test evenings here in Stockholm the following dates:

  • April 17th
  • April 23rd
  • May 7th
  • May 8th

Keep your eyes open for that! But also, don’t miss the full scale game if you’re in Gothenburg mid-May! Here is some more info about the scenario in it’s present state:

In order for another world to be possible, we have to be prepared to lose the world we are already familiar with.

Welcome on board The Hospitality – a space scenario where you together with a maximum of thirty other players will enter in a sort of role-play, a game or a participatory performance where we try out different conditions or situations that are completely different than those of everyday life.

Three game masters will guide you through a number of scenes where you will make decisions, move and imagine that you are traveling off in space in the company of the other players.

This is not a role-play where you are expected to improvise, perform, play theatre or immerse in a character. The role you will receive is just some simple approaches, tasks and thoughts that you can use in the game – it is made in order for the players themselves to choose how much they wish to pretend to be someone else.

The hosts and game designers are Tova Gerge, Ebba Petrén and Gabriel Widing from NYXXX, a performing arts collective with a strong connection to both the role-playing game culture and the dance world. Among their earlier cooperations are Avatarvaro (Turteatern/Inkonst) and Drömdykarna (Unga Dramaten). NYXXX are looking for new game formats where participants do not have to struggle to find their place, but can lean back and follow a plan, while still sharing a mental and physical experience together with other participants.

The Hospitality is a philosophically stimulating scenario with a nerve of sci-fi. Softness and reflection in an uncomplicated, physical and playful community are some key-words. The scenario happens in a choreocracy – a society where decisions are made through collective movement in space. The choreocratic society decides to initiate a cosmic movement, a travel in space that might never end. During the course of the travel, a lot will get lost – but maybe the loss is important for the community in space?

Welcome!

If you want to check out The Hospitality at the festival, we are here:

In English

In Swedish