Avatars, play and performance

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Podcast #18 – Resande & varande

Tova Gerge intervjuade Ebba Petrén och Gabriel Widing från Nyxxx apropå projektet Working on Travel aka Trains and Boats and Planes. Det blev en podcast om hur arbetsliv villkoras av resande, hur Nyxxx upplever detta resande liv samt om gemenskaper och skillnader i resandets begär och politik. Om känslan av alienation i små städer där man saknar eller söker förankring, om förutsättningar för att samarbeta när man befinner sig på olika håll i Sverige, om att ha plats och om att mista den. Det blev också en text som utgick från samtalet – den kan ni läsa här.

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.

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.

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.

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.

18th of November. More information soon.

TEXT: Tova Gerge and Britta Kiessling

PERFORMERS: Tova Gerge and Britta Kiessling
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

Nyxxx member Tova Gerge published acclaimed novel

Tova Gerge, Pojken (”The Boy”), publishing house Albert Bonniers

Nyxxx: We had a conversation with you on how to write this book years before it was actually published. What do you want to tell our readers about it?

Tova: It’s a novel about the fragility of power, and in a way it is influenced by role play. On the level of the story, the characters in the novel are absorbed by a role play of dominance and submission. But there is also an aspect of role play in how I wrote it. The novel plays with the glitch between myself and the narrator. He is a man trying to break with his working class background through a relationship, and he has no ambition whatsoever to be a good feminist. At the same time, just as in role play, he is also busy with questions that are mine, just from another perspective.

Nyxxx: Do you want to tell something about the reception in the media?

Tova: The reviews I liked the most focused on the riddle in the text. The fact that the reader is forced to answer for themselves who has the power, when, and in what way. It’s also been quite interesting to see how gender is read and remediated in the media. There is an ambivalence in how one of the characters ”should” be read, and some handled this through making a firm decision, while others embraced that ambivalence. The most fun about interacting with the media has been longer interviews, because they allow a dialogue, a difference, a discovery.

Here, you can read more about Pojken in Swedish.

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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