Recoil Performance Group
as I collapse

as I collapse is a speculative dance performance with its point of origin in a collapse in the perception of the world as divided into two: Nature and culture.

 In what seems to be an impenetrable darkness, the performance comes to life as millions of microscopic algae illuminate the stage in a glowing response to the dancers’ touch. A concrete, bright image of the human footprint on the planet and a poetic encounter with life of microscopic size.

As I Collapse is a speculative fictional universe that stages bodies in microscopic format and in human size. In an attentive and energetic performance focus is turned to our culturally inherited understanding as being superior to other organisms. Here the boundaries are blurred between visible and invisible, between man and microbe, while the individual disappears into darkness and gets replaced by one luminous united organism.

As I Collapse is the first performance in a trilogy (Mass; 2018), (Extended falls to humanity; 2019), where recoil performance group, from a post humanistic base questions our understanding of humans and of the humane – now and in a hypothetical future.


Recoil Performance Group


as I collapse






Large Stage, Tap E


Dancers: Hilde I. Sandvold (NO/DK), Sam Denton (SE), Nelly Zagora (SE), Edward Lloyd (SE), Joy Kammin (DE) Choreographer / Tina Tarpgaard (DK) Composer / Scientist / Till Bovermann (DE/FI) Light Designer / Minna Tiikkainen (FI/NL) Bio Artist / Biologist / Pei-Ying Lin (TW) Set Designer / Sille Dons Heltoft (DK) Dramaturge / Inge Agnete Tarpgaard (DK) Production Manager / Viktor K. Magnusson (SE/DK) Costume designers / Sandra Møller Svendsen & Leanne Nielsen Producer / recoil performance group (DK) / Carlos Calvo (DK) PR / Betina Rex (DK)