La Substance, but in English

4h 20min (entrées et sorties autorisées)

14/05 – 19:00
16/05 – 19:00
17/05 – 15:00

In projects ranging from creating performances and installations to running festivals and writing theoretical works, Mårten Spångberg is an artist who is seeking to broaden the notion of “choreography”. In La Substance, but in English , a group of performers spend four and a half hours producing and transforming an environment in which objects are equals with humans. Gleaming merchandise, plus signs, music and materials, make up the pop and festive decor of a post-hippie reunion that freely includes the audience. The device appears to be informal, but its development over time reveals a minutely detailed construction, with occasionally even ballet steps emerging from time to time. In this superabundant multisensory experience, this “palpability without properties”, it is not necessary to seek out a narrative but rather to find your place in it. As if performers and audiences together are being invited to gracefully tame a society that they consume and that consumes them.

With & by
Simon Asencio, Linda Blomqvist, Ludvig Daae, Emma Daniel, Adriano Wilfert Jensen, Sandra Lolax, Pontus Pettersson, Mårten Spångberg, Rebecka Stillman, Emma Tolander, Marika Troili

La Substance, but in Englishwas created in collaboration with
Aron Blom, Yoann Durant, Emma Kim Hagdahl, Linnea Martinsson, Hanna Strandberg

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Rosas

Commissioned by
MoMA PS1, curated by Jenny Schlenkza

With support from
The Swedish Art Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Commettee, Swedish Institute, City of Stockholm

Made possible through collaborations with
MDT Stockholm & PAF

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Mårten Spångberg (b. 1968) is a choreographer living and working in Stockholm. His interest concerns choreography in an expanded field, something he has approached through experimental practice in a multiplicity of formats and expressions. He has been active on stage as a performer and creator since 1994, and since 1999 has been creating his own choreographies, from solos to larger scale works, which have toured internationally. Under the label International Festival, Spångberg collaborated with architect Tor Lindstrand and engaged in social and expanded choreography. From 1996-2005 he organised and curated festivals in Sweden and internationally, and in 2006 initiated the network organisation INPEX. He has considerable experience in teaching both theory and practice. From 2008 to 2012, he directed the MA programme in choreography at the University of Dance in Stockholm. In 2011, his first book, Spangbergianism, was published.

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