BÁRA SIGFÚSDÓTTIR (BRUSSELS) - BEING
with this body we address the world and each other, it is the most primary thing which we share with one another...
Bára Sigfúsdóttir is a dancer and choreographer who studied contemporary dance at
the Icelandic Academy of Arts, the Amsterdam school of the Arts and P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. After
being active as a performer in works by various artists, Bára is now mainly focusing on her own
choreographic work. Bára creates highly personal, visual and imaginative performances that reach a very diverse audience. In her work, she takes the process of improvisation as a point of departure from where she develops
musical, multilayered choreographic material. She puts a strong focus on the isolation of body
segments, onto which she applies different rhythms. The movement she creates keeps on
transforming and unfolding, generating a multiplicity of notions and references. Through various approximations she strives for a direct yet poetic communication with an audience in order to reflect on both temporary and eternal questions such as our relationship with nature, our connection to the past and our position in the present.
Choreography : Bára Sigfúsdóttir
Created with /Performed by : Masoumeh Jalalieh and SeyedAlireza Mirmohammadi
Dramaturgy : Sara Vanderieck
Lighting design : Jan Fedinger
Technical supervision : Marie Vandecasteele and/or Bardia Mohammad
International diffusion : A Propic / Line Rousseau and Marion Gauvent
Production : GRIP
Co - production : Vooruit Arts Centre, DansBrabant, DANCE ON PASS ON DREAM ON, workspacebrussels / Life Long Burning, Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre, de Grote Post and C-TAKT
With the support of : fabrik Potsdam, Platform 0090, Grand Theatre and CAMPO
With financial support of : the Government of Flanders, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the
city of Antwerp
Thanks to : Andrean Sigurgeirsson
LENGTH: about 60 minutes
Rooted in an ongoing curiousity towards other cultures and the development of movement in different contexts than her own, Icelandic choreographer and dancer Bára Sigfúsdóttir travelled in 2014 to Teheran (Iran) where she took part in the UNTIMELY Festival. While teaching a workshop, she got intrigued by the skills and presence of two local artists, Masoumeh Jalalieh and SeyedAlireza Mirmohammadi. This experience planted the seed for an ongoing artistic affinity between the three of them, resulting in being, Bára’s newest creation where - for the very first time - she will not be performing herself but will rather direct the meeting between the movers on stage.
Every human being has a body. With this body we address the world and each other, it is the most primary thing which we share with one another. In being the body is the common ground to explore and to put in dialogue the West-European with the Iranian and by extension the Middle-Eastern culture and society. Used as a poetic generator of subtext, the moving body can express different layers of sensations and experiences. The meeting between bodies, between the two people on stage but also between them and the audience, will serve as a sober gesture. A place to explore what we share rather than to underline our differences.
PREMIERE: 26 October 2017, CAMPO (co-presentation with Vooruit Arts Centre) Ghent (BE)