Natten, The Series

Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain
  • 26/05 | 18:00 - 1:00
  • 27/05 | 23:00 - 6:00

€ 16 / € 13
7h non-stop

In 2016 Mårten Spångberg premiered Natten at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, a seven-hour-long tour de force into the darkest corners of dance. This year, the Swedish choreographer is back with a new version of his project. Natten, The Series is a ‘dance of horror’ where nothing is kicked out in favour of nothing’s nothing; an experiential black hole compressed and absolutely intangible. For Spångberg, the night is the only place where one can truly be, where one can escape the tyranny of time in a darkness that does not represent death but life, a journey into an abstract eternity and an unfathomable depth. Natten, The Series is a special version for a smaller group of female-only dancers accompanied by readings of a series of horror short stories. It is an entry into the specific currencies of the female night. A night during which the weave is undone and boundaries dissolved, where the opacity of darkness also becomes a hiding place for fleeting forms of friendship, whispers and intimacy. The event is episodic and can be entered every hour, but for those who endure, a dark light will shine for the entire seven hours.

See also
Gerhard Richter, une pièce pour le théâtre

With & by
Linda Blomqvist, Louise Dahl, Emma Daniel, Hana Lee Erdman, Alexandra Tveit

Presentation
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain

Co-production
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Black Box Teater (Oslo), MDT (Stockholm), XING (Bologna), Santarcangelo Festival, PAF St Erme

Supported by
The Swedish Art Council, The Swedish Art Grants Committee, The Swedish Institute, The Swedish Embassy London

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Mårten Spångberg (b. 1968) is a choreographer living and working in Brussels and Stockholm. His interest concerns dance 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 to 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. Spångberg is professor in dramaturgy and choreography at Oslo National Academy of The Arts, departments of dance and theatre, and he is associated artist at Black Box Teater, Oslo (2017-2018). Spångberg presented La Substance, but in English at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in 2015, and Natten in 2016.

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