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Passivity Rules/Memories of Being Hanged as online performance

Dealing with covid-19 is a big part of 2020, also for the performing arts. In September, we premiered a covid-adapted interactive sound performance for school classes, and now the dance project Passivity Rules /Memories of Being Hanged that Nyxxx is coproducing met the hardening regulations in Sweden through making a movie and online conversations instead of a live premiere. This adventure takes place 20-22 of November, and you can sign up at Skogens homepage.

All the online events:
20 NOV
18.00 PassiviTV with Marika Leïla aka Gorgone
19.00 Online movie screening

21 NOV
18.00 PassiviTV with Hamish McPherson
19.00 Online movie screening

22 NOV
16.00 PassiviTV med Eli Levén (in Swedish)
17.00 Online movie screening

You can also read the program-poem made for the performance here:
Program – Passivity Rules Memories of Being Hanged

Someone You Trust at Inkonst 1-3 november


Photo: Ekaterina Lukoshkova

1-3 of November 2019, we come to Inkonst to do some more participatory and/or voyeuristic rope bondage with you. Join in!

More info and booking here:
http://inkonst.com/event/tova-gerge-britta-kiessling-friends-someone-trust/

To celebrate the occasion, here are some words about the technique we’re using on stage and all the people who taught us. We practice a technique of rope bondage called shibari, kinbaku or Japanese rope bondage. It has a long, complex and international history connected to both art and pornography. Though we tie improvised patterns, we have studied with many teachers to be able to do what we do. Thus, a special thanks to Bergborg, Dasniya Sommer, Naka Akira, Hourai Kasumi, Kanna & Kagura, Gorgone, Pilar Aldea, Gestalta, Hedwig, Pedro and others, not least the ones who tied us or got tied by us.

With & by: Tova Gerge & Britta Kiessling
Sound: Elize Arvefjord
Room: Josefina Björk
Process developement: Christian Nilsson, Gabriel Widing & Ebba Petrén
Co-producers: Nyxxx & Skogen
With the support of: Skogen, Japanstiftelsen, Längmanska kulturfonden, The Swedish Art’s Grant Committee, Cirkör LAB, c.off and Stockholm County Council

Art Inside Out – Nyxxx in residency program in Laholm, Halland

The residency Room, stage, salon, balcony / Nyxxx takes place at Laholms teater, during September & December, 2019. Open rehearsals:

  • 26/9 18.oo Laholms teater
  • 2/10 18.oo Laholms teater
  • 5/12 18.oo Laholms teater
  • 11/12 18.oo Laholms teater

Free entrance.

Check out the site – turning into a fanzine with text by Sarah Melin, Linus Lundberg, et c.

Fallet Exet på Teater Västernorrland

Exet försvinner spårlöst redan första dagen i sin nya högstadieskola. Ingen av de vuxna verkar bry sig och det blir klassens (publikens) uppgift att lösa mysteriet. Nyxnäs, det lilla samhället där allt utspelar sig, visar sig vara en rakt igenom korrupt plats på jorden. En plats där varken poliser, journalister, rektorer eller mammor drar sig för att muta, svika eller bedra sin omgivning för att få det de vill. I jakten på sanningen konfronteras publiken med människor som på olika sätt bär skuld till Exets försvinnande. En jakt som till slut blir en kamp på liv och död.

Denna hybrid av teater- och spelupplevelse handlar om att vara ung idag, om förtroenden, förändring, relationer och svek. En spännande, dråplig och relevant föreställning för tonåringar och unga vuxna. Föreställningen är ett samarbete med Skvaderns Gymnasium i Sundsvall och Härnösands Gymnasium och spelas för högstadieelever i hela länet.

Manus, regi och speldesign: Nyxxx – Ebba Petrén och Gabriel Widing

Scenografi/ljus: Kerstin Weimers

Dramaturg: Alexandra Loonin

Kostymidé & maskdesign: Ebba Petrén, Gabriel Widing och Kerstin Weimers

Programmering: Pusselbit Games – Leo Låby och Erik Blåsjö

Dramapedagog: Siri Sandström

Medverkande: Åke Arvidsson, Ellen Hennig, Victor Wigardt

Someone You Trust revisting Skogen in Gothenburg

Photo: Ekaterina Lukoshkova

11-12 of May the two act performance Someone You Trust plays at Skogen in Gothenburg, in connection to the literature festival Intimate Acts. The performance consists in one participatory act, where you get instructions for doing rope bondage together, and one watching act where Tova Gerge and Britta Kiessling follow other but similar instructions for a rope suspension that takes them on a trip in time and space. Follow the first link for more info and sign up.

We did the performance with audiences five times now, and every time it turns out so differently. Sometimes giggly and light, other times darker. But so far always with a touch of stoic humour and care. And also very diverse audience reactions, interpretations, conversations. We’re looking so much forward to see where it goes next!

Someone You Trust will also play at Gylleboverket in July and Inkonst in November.

Nyxxx på UTTRAN II

Albin Werle ställer ut verket Block of Words, Block of Beasts på Uttran II där 34 konstnärer visar verk kring sjön Uttran söder om Stockholm.

Grupputställningen pågår den 16:e och 17:e februari mellan kl. 12:00-17:00.

 

 

 

Someone You Trust is visiting Cirkör in Alby


Image by Ekaterina Lukoshkova


We are back in the blackbox, generously hosted by Cirkör Lab, with two weeks of work to figure things out. So far, mostly practical things, but hopefully a bit more philosophy tomorrow.

WE PLAY
18th of January at 18.00 – The Participatory Act
18th of January at 19.30 – The Watching Act
19th of January at 17.00 – The Participatory Act
19th of January at 18.30 – The Watching Act

16th of January at 10.30 there is a project presentation with a following conversation (in total appr 45 min).

With the support of:
Japanstiftelsen, Längmanska kulturfonden, The Swedish Art’s Grant Committee, Cirkör LAB, c.off and Stockholm County Council

Twelve Talking Dolls: The Subjects

(In Swedish)

You take care of the dolls. The dolls will take care of you.

Meet the twelve talking dolls. They scream, cry and comfort, threaten and pray, seduce and order, invoke and plead, explain, hypnotize, confess and terrorize. As an audience member you can pick the dolls up and hold them, take care of them and manipulate them. Or just listen. Together with the other participants in the piece, you create the condition that enables the dolls to appear as a part of your human kinship.

The doll is a thing, but also a body. It has arms and legs, eyes and mouth. When you look at the doll, it returns the gaze. It is speaking and singing. It becomes one of all these objects that ting and pling around you, demanding different types of response. We can have feelings for the doll, tenderness and care, but also nervosity or unease. It is in a borderland creature between life and death. The doll is undead. And it wants something from you.

The piece presents unique handmade stoneware dolls equipped with responsive but pre-recorded voices belonging to twelve different actors. The voices create a polyphonic soundscape that the participants enter, shape and are shaped by. They can also choose to just listen and watch.

Here, a door opens to a playful and eerie world where the dolls are in power precisely through being dolls.

Idea, text, composition, dolls: Nyxxx Voices: Nyxxx, Adriana Aburto Essén, John Alexander Eriksson, André Nilsson, Ellen Norlund, Benjamin Quigley, Francisco Sobrado, Ylva Törnlund and Malou Zilliacus. Costume design: Sofia Luna Carpentry: Johan Andrén

Someone You Trust at Skogen


In November, Nyxxx project Someone You Trust premieres in a first version at Skogen in Gothenburg.

Someone You Trust uses the practice of rope bondage to explore trust.

For us who made Someone You Trust, trust is based on listening, consent and clear frames for participating or opting out. Someone You Trust is an attempt to establish conditions for that, both in the encounter between two people, and in the encounter between audience and artists.

The performance is divided into two acts. You can choose to come to both of the acts or just one of them (whichever you prefer). In connections to the rehearsals, there will also be a theoretical outlook on Japanese rope bondage.

SOMEONE YOU TRUST – THE PARTICIPATORY ACT
You and someone you trust book a common ticket, and you come to the performance together. Together, you will follow instructions for how to use a number of ropes. The instructions are calm and invite you to listen to each other and yourselves in a meditative way.

Though in different places, you share room with the others who participate in the first act. Just like you, they follow instructions for tying and being tied.

The instructions are in English.

You need no previous experience of bondage to participate.
Don’t decide on forehand who will tie and who will be tied.

The participatory act will play
– 23–24 of November 18.00–19.00
– 25 of November 16.00–17.00.

SOMEONE YOU TRUST – THE WATCHING ACT
You book a ticket and come to the performance alone or in company, whatever you prefer.
You and the rest of the audience sit down and watch what happens on stage.
On stage, Tova Gerge and Britta Kiessling follow instructions that are both similar to and very different from the instructions in the first act. It becomes a dance with ropes, trust, risk and listening.

The performance is in English.

The watching act will play
– 23–24th of November 19.30–20.30
– 25th of November 17.30–18.30.

SOMEONE YOU TRUST – THEORETICAL OUTLOOK
18th of November. More information soon.

WITH AND BY
TEXT: Tova Gerge and Britta Kiessling

PERFORMERS: Tova Gerge and Britta Kiessling
TEXT EYE AND ROPE RESEARCH: Christian Nilsson
SOUND: Elize Arvefjord
LIGHT: Josefina Björk
ROOM: Josefina Björk, Tova Gerge and Britta Kiessling
ARTISTIC SUPPORT: Gabriel Widing och Ebba Petrén

Foto: Ekaterina Lukoshkova

Thanks to
Everyone in the performing arts collective Nyxxx.
Everyone who helped us to develop the participatory act.

With the support of: Japanstiftelsen, Längmanska kulturfonden, The Swedish Art’s Grant Committee, Cirkör LAB, c.off, The Swedish Author’s fund and Stockholm County Council

Tolv talande dockor: Undersåtarna

Du tar hand om dockorna. Dockorna tar hand om dig.

De skriker, gråter och tröstar, hotar och ber, förför och beordrar, åberopar och bönar, förklarar, hypnotiserar, bekänner och terroriserar.  Som publik kan du plocka upp och hålla dockorna, svara dem, ta hand om dem och manipulera dem. Eller bara lyssna. Tillsammans med de andra deltagarna i verket skapar du förutsättningen för att dockorna ska framträda som en del av er mänskliga gemenskap.

Dockan är ett ting, men den är också en kropp. Den har armar och ben, ögon och mun. När du tittar på dockan tittar dockan också på dig. Den talar och sjunger. Den blir ett av alla objekt som plingar till, som kräver olika former av gensvar. Vi kan få känslor för dockan, ömhet och omsorg, men också nervositet eller oro. Den befinner sig i ett gränsland mellan liv och död. Dockan är odöd. Och den vill dig något.

Verket presenterar unika handgjorda dockor i stengods försedda med responsiva men förinspelade röster, som härstammar från tolv olika skådespelare. Rösterna bildar ett polyfont ljudlandskap som besökarna träder in i, formar och formas av. De kan också välja att lyssna och betrakta.

Här öppnas porten till en lekfull och kuslig värld där dockorna, i egenskap av just dockor, sätter tonen.

Verket är skapat med stöd av Kulturbryggan.

Idé, text, komposition, dockor: Nyxxx (Elize Arvefjord, Tova Gerge, Ebba Petrén, Kerstin Weimers, Albin Werle, Gabriel Widing)
Snickare: Johan Andrén
Kostymör: Sofia Luna
Röster: Nyxxx, Adriana Aburto Essén, Ellen Norlund, Benjamin Quigley, Francisco Sobrado, Malou Zilliacus med flera.

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