What can be good key points for building a connection and friendship between two people? who does not know each other well, and can dance show us that? In this duet you will meet post Covid awkward greetings, the one-meter rule, struggles to understand eacother but also close connections and flow. In the search for the good meeting points between people, in dance and life, that we all want.
The duet “Are you with me?” works with partnering and contact improvisation to show the thematic. Because in C.I you solve movement task together with your duet partner. You need the other for the movement and meetings to happen. Through the work we also question if the basics of this movement style: listening, give and take , working together and have some fun, can be good key points for also other types of building relationships and communication.
The idea for this duet is that the thematic and the physical research comes together as one.
Some clipps from the 3 first processes.
Pictures by: Rune Aasen ( Verdal 2022) and Simen Thornquist ( MDG desember 2022)
PART OF A BIGGER ARTISTIC FOCUS:
This duett is part of AKs artistic research and focus around communication and relations( 2021-2023):
Alone, like Knute(r) solo created in 22 and Fire Away solo created in 21. Towards the audience, like with the performance Veikryss and here between the dancers on stage.
DEVELOPMENT AS DANCERS:
This movement style is inside the dance field common in contemporary dance educations. We then meet C.I and Partnering in the working field often in workshops and auditions, but my experience is that I never really train it so much after graduating. Covid also gave a break to touch. This duet is then also a research as dancers to bring more back the style into our vocabulary and bring it into a performative context. I feel we succeeded. This duet prosess helps me feel more confident in the style and teaching it too.
MADE IN VÆRDALN 2024-23.
This duet is part of my own show “MiV” that showcases own creations from the previous years. For performing places and dates: Made in Værdaln
TRØNDERTUN 2023 (the pictures under)
This duett In March we worked on a third version. We rehearsed in Trøndelag: Verdal, Trondheim and Melhus. Then we had a showing for the students at Trøndertun Fhs. In this week we went into the depths of certain parts. We also got a session of supervising on the technique. The viewing was a doubble bill and Knute(r) was also shown this day in a longer version.
MIND THE GAP 2022.
This training and reflections then helped me get in tuned with the style and creation again , Then we continued working together for 4 days and presented a second version of our duet at Mind the Gap, Oslo, 4th December 2022: MIND THE GAP 2022 | Facebook
CONTACT IMPROVISATION 50 YEARS IN 2022:
Coinsidences want it that this year this movement form has its 50ths anniversary! October 2022 I then travelled to Oslo to participate in a weekend workshop. To move and celebrating partnering and contact improvisation. Together with a lot of people from the CI community in Norway. This weekend I got to test the thematic in real time: To do a lot of meetingspoints with new people. Contact improvisation – Wikipedia
VERDAL JULI 2022:
With founding from Trøndelag County, we started our process in Verdal, Trøndelag with 5 days intensive work. Here an early version started to take form.