Us Us / Us Else / Else Us / Else Else is an immersive contemporary dance performance for two dancers and a musician over the duration of four hours as well as an integrated installation to be experienced before and after the performance in the beautiful spaces of AROS art museum.
The work is encapsulated by a kinesthetic sculpture in the form of a rotating stage and a neon light sculpture, inviting performers and audience to share the space, creating an interactive situation.
The performance is created by an internationally renowned artistic team, consisting of choreographers and dancers Tim Matiakis and Rachel Tess, in collaboration with musician and composer Ulrich Ruchlinski and lighting designer Jacob Bjerregaard.
From our conception we are predetermined to a certain type of pulse for our manifestation in the world. Our heartbeat in the womb is 135 beats per minute. This is the same beats per minute that DJs use to lead a floor full of dancing people into a state of euphoria. Subsequently, bouncing up and down has the potential to lead us into several states of experience; from relaxed and content, as when you bounce a baby to sleep, to euphoric and transcendental, as when you bounce to the beat, in the midst of many, at a party. Our bodies use motion to generate experiences.
Transformation through repetition is the guiding choreographic practice that informs all aspects of the work, from dance, sound, and space, and all the way to the audience relationship in the form of kinesthetic empathy as the choreographic principle for the meeting between performer and audience.
The music will be created in tandem with the choreography and played live during the performance by Uli Ruchlinski. Ruchlinski will experiment with the circular form and looping, inviting audiences to experience sound outside the framework of the usual concert format.
Us Us / Us Else / Else Us / Else Else is a work of continuous changeability and propulsion, producing a sense of decentralization and dissolution of the self, multiplying performer and audience. The artists guide the audience to experiential and empathetic states, through a physical pulse, the transformative logic of the sound and the rotating and encapsulating sensation of both the kinesthetic sculpture and light sculpture.
You can experience the installation in the opening hours of AROS. Each day there will be a live performance in the installation for 4 hours with two performers and a live musician. Find the time slots here below:
Wednesday October 11. from 16:00-20:00
Thursday October 12. from 16:00-20:00
Friday October 13. from 16:00-20:00
Saturday October 14. 12:00-16:00
Sunday October 15. 12:00-16:00
Access to the installation/performance requires entrance to AROS.
Us Us / Us Else U Else Us / Else Else has been developed through residencies at MARC (Milvus Artistic Research Center), Forsøgsstationen and Dansstationen and is presented and co-produced by Dansehallerne, ARoS, Teater Momentum and Dansens Hus in Stockholm.