Thursday, August 22, 2013

questionnaire with participant Björn Säfsten (SE)

Have you been (when) to Budapest - Hungary with your pieces and artistic works earlier?

What do you know about Hungary and what kind of informations do you have about our dance life?
I’ve mostly been following the scary political turn in Hungary and read and seen how it’s affecting your culture life.  Sadly to say that s what first comes in to my mind. About the dance life as such I would say that I m rather badly informed. I have some homework to do.

Could you share with us if have any idols in theater/dance life?
I don’t really have any idols anymore but several people or pieces that I respect and look up to. To mention a few: Jennifer Lacey, Mette Ingvartsen, blessed by Meg Stuart, cccover by Cristina Caprioli.

What kind of piece will you bring to L1danceFest and does this piece mean any differences or similarities to your earlier works? Where did you perform it already?
I’m bringing Introduction, so far we performed in: Paris, Montreal, Dusseldorf, Umeå, Stockholm, Halmstad, Falkenberg, Kungsbacka, Varberg. It feels quite different from my earlier works - it has a more out spoken philosophical and political statement. It’s dealing much more with audience interaction, it demands even more responsibility from the dancers and it is much more personal for both me, Anja and Sophie.

Do you have your artistic statement, could you share with us?
Go for poetics rather than reductions! Let’s do politics by practicing private becomings! Challenge language reduction especially and fight for multitudes and intensities!

Do you have any hobby beside working as a performer or creator?
Drawing and rugby practice.

Can you write some details about your artistic life - which direction did you come from and which direction do you go right now? Tell us some important steps from your background!
I think the most important steps has always been meetings, forming groups and sharing. First big thing for me was 2006 when I had a residency in Madrid. That was the starting point for forming a group that stayed around for many years. We did many productions, but most of all we found a common language and methodology. It gave us all a chance to deal with our artistic heritage and our work became a platform for development. I guess back then I was working mostly with physical concepts with in dance that I found problematic. Now days the concepts are perhaps more political and philosophical. I’ve gone from researching movements within a dance language to look more and more at gestures and transgressions of physical norms.    

How did your summer time go? Did you get any new inspirations? Do you have a best experience during this summer?
Wow, summer was amazing. After a heavy and rough last year and spring I finally came out of the bubble. Summer was full of meetings, love, talks and travels. The best memory was perhaps the Euforia I felt swimming and climbing Río Verde in Spain. Best inspiration was a video installation at Palais de Tokyo.

Does it mean any differences to play your pieces in different countries? If so, could you please tell us in what sense?
It does make a difference. First of all it feels like you get a more honest response because the audience doesn’t know you. As well the bounce between the piece and another cultural landscape and dance references is always intriguing.

What does it mean to you to be in the process and to show the work to the audience? What kind of feedback are you open for?
I hope I’m open to all kinds of critic at that stage. That’s one of the reasons to open up the process. Although I’m more interested of getting involved in a critical conversation than to get certain valuations.

Do you read critics about your works? What kind of critic do you need?
I do. Seldomly well written. I guess I would need more of the answer above rather than them describing the work...

Do you criticize other’s works? Do you write about it?
I do, together with friends and colleges. I do not write though. 

Are you open for a round table discussion with the audience after a premier or after your show?
After premiers I prefer not to, but all other shows yes. I find that to be really interesting and a great chance to understand your audience. 

Here you find some words, could you put them in sentences which could be kind of ars poetic of yours!
To exchange religion and nation with sense and quality we could be getting closer to perform a shared hug. Lets face it, organic food is not getting us closer it´s just a popular fill in. I´m more interested in making a homage to a new community building. 

Do you have any question?
When do we meet and continue the talk? Where´s the party? 
:-) we can continue on the opening day of L1danceFest 2013!

Björn's performance takes place on 18th September in MU Theatre.

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