GRIP / Bára Sigfúsdóttir

GRIP evenings: Being

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.

Being

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.

Credits
ChoreografieBára Sigfúsdóttir
Gecreëerd met en uitgevoerd doorMasoumeh Jalalieh en SeyedAlireza Mirmohammadi
MuziekEivind Lønning
KostuumAndrea Kraenzlin
LichtontwerpJan Fedinger
DramaturgieSara Vanderieck
TechniekMarie Vandecasteele en/of Bardia Mohammad
Internationale spreidingA Propic / Line Rousseau en Marion Gauvent
ProductieGRIP
CoproductieKunstencentrum Vooruit / DNA - Departures and Arrivals, DansBrabant, DANCE ON PASS ON DREAM ON, workspacebrussels / Life Long Burning, Moussem Nomadisch Kunstencentrum, de Grote Post en C-TAKT
Met steun van fabrik Potsdam, Platform 0090, Grand Theatre en CAMPO
Met de financiële steun van de Vlaamse overheid, de Ambassade van de Federale Republiek Duitsland, the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union en de stad Antwerpen
Met dank aan: Andrean Sigurgeirsson en Martin Blank
Premiere: 26 oktober 2017, CAMPO (in copresentatie met Kunstencentrum Vooruit) Gent (BE)