Kaleidoscopic and acrobatic performance in three dimensions. As meditative, floating figures, five rope artists show both their strength and vulnerability. Together they create a weightless choreography inspired by the playful lines of architecture and a reflection on the systems we are part of. What happens if someone suddenly lets go?
“Axial Figures” takes dance to new heights. Experience choreography on the vertical axis as five strong female rope artists in a motorized scenography create movements in all directions and altitudes. Like meditative, floating shapes the artists move acrobatically on five moving ropes, kaleidoscopically creating new shapes and contours inspired by the playful lines of architecture.
Choreographer Simone Wierød constructs and deconstructs systems and patterns inspired by her cross-artistic collaboration with architectural firm Standard Practice.
What happens when we build something together? And what happens if someone suddenly lets go? Times of crisis often have the effect of opening our eyes to the necessity and potential of community. We seek security and stability. But do we only hold on to community temporarily when we are in crisis and return to our own needs? Community is constructed and deconstructed in pursuit of the new and risque – until we need the opposite.
“Axial Figures” manipulates the stage space in all directions. With both clean lines and chaotic patterns. The result is an ever-changing universe that is woven with ropes and has bodies as counterweights. This system can only function through everyone’s active participation and it falls apart every time someone breaks it.
Simone Wierød says about the performance:
“My goal with the performance has been to create a strong visual experience with a minimalist aesthetic and great precision in the physical work. We have strived for a unique visual expression that is at once simple and expressive, leaving its audience with a feeling of having experienced something very special.”