Photo: Håkon Larsson

Efva Lilja
Love’s Conversation is Dance

Dansehallerne is proud to present the award-winning Efva Lilja during OPENINGS, our new expansive festival for dance. OPENINGS is the very first event in Dansehallerne’s brand-new home in the Carlsberg City District. 

Efva Lilja’s Love’s Conversation is Dance was sold out at the premiere at Weld in Stockholm in March 2022 and received glowing reviews: A solo that vibrates with a vulnerable and powerful presence. SvD., 19 March 2022.

Love’s Conversation is Dance features life in and through choreographic strategies, navigating past deceit, inner and outer chaos. It is a solo danced by a fore runner and one of the leading artists in Swedish Dance. The solo form is recurring in the repertoire which Efva Lilja has presented around the world during the 48 years she has been active on stage.

Conceived as an inner dialogue, Love’s Conversation is Dance can be said to be the aging woman’s voice in and through dance. It is an hour-long pounding on the meaning of life and living in a confused and politically bewildering time, like an inner dialogue about experiences and sentiments, about love and the art of survival. Here and now.

OPENINGS

OPENINGS is Dansehallerne’s new, expansive festival for dance. With the festival, we open up for top-class international performances and strong national talents. For a wide spectrum of dancing bodies: older bodies, smaller bodies, bodies of different shapes and colors. For the iconic and the surprising. For other perspectives. OPENINGS celebrates the joy of dance and makes dance accessible to everyone. 

Annual pass holders and members have been notified directly about limited ticket capacity and thus booking. Booking is still possible for all performances, and as always, it is on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the artist: Efva Lilja is an artist and researcher, working with choreography in the form of dance, imagery, film, and writing. She challenges and offer new visions for the creation of a reality where political activities and everyday action can be questioned and reformulated when she tackles the basic human condition with singular suggestive power. Her works have been presented in more than forty countries, often seen as controversial and trailblazing. Among them commissioned works for the Museum of Modern Art Stockholm, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, and the Guggenheim Bilbao, but also works for experimental fora, various stages, and public spaces. She present exhibitions, lectures, and has published 14 books translated into several languages. Efva Lilja has received a large number of prizes and awards for her artistic work, including the Stockholm municipality’s honorary award, the Prix D’Assitej, the St. Erik’s medal, His Majesty the King’s medal Litteris et Artibus, and the prestigious Gannevik Award 2022. There she was highlighted as one of Sweden’s most influential choreographers, both in the way of creating dance and through the opportunities she made available for the dance field at large. She is a.o. member of the Disorderly woman network, the European Cultural Parliament and Honorary member of the International Center for Cultural Relations. Januari 2016 – maj 2019 var hon Dansehallernes ledare.

Reviews: ”Efva Lilja påminner om danskonstens besatthet och kamp. “Kärlekens samtal är dans” är en enastående fin och gripande soloföreställning om sökandet efter rörelserna. Scenen flödar av ljus och kompositören Per-Henrik Mäenpääs ljudvärld prasslar, skramlar och pyser. Stundom exploderar musiken i underbart dunkande… Med ”Kärlekens samtal är dans” visar Efva Lilja hur minnet inte bara sitter i hjärnan, utan i högsta grad även i kroppen, och påminner samtidigt om danskonstens tunga delar: Besattheten, smärtan, tvivlet, skadorna och kampen. Men den ärlighet och erfarenhet hon gör det utifrån, får oss att uppleva dansen som eufori, magi och förlösning.” Tor Billgren, Sydsvenska Dagbladet, 27. september 2023 ”Efva Liljas solo vibrerar av sårbar kraft och närvaro”… ”En gestalt som genom både plåga och lyssnande navigerar sig fram till en ömtålig harmoni, manifesterad i att kroppen vågar balansera på gränsen mellan sin svaghet och styrka, ta in världen med uppåtvänt ansikte. Och blicken söker sig nästan förvånat runt omgivningen. Besvarad.” Anna Ångström, Svenska Dagbladet. 19. marts 2022 ”Att låta ögonen tala och ordlöst återge vad betraktaren kan fylla i som en dialog, ett kärlekens samtal. Ögonblick av samförstånd, av uppgivenhet, av ensamhet och så insikt, närhet. Orden som slits ur munnen, händerna som letar på den egna kroppen. Det är lätt, lättfotat och flyktigt, och jag associerar till ett lätt spindelnät av sammanhang och betydelser som rörelser och förflyttningar samlar upp. Efva Lilja som alltid intresserat sig för så kallat vanliga kroppar, inte minst vanliga manskroppar med synliga åldersförändringar, kan nu landa i sin egen kropps ålder.” Margaretha Sörenson, Danstidningen, 23. marts 2022

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Artist

Efva Lilja

Title

Love’s Conversation is Dance

Type

Performance

Program

  • 8.916:00
  • 8.920:00

Duration

55 minutes

Venue

Dansehallerne, Franciska Clausens Plads 27, 1799 København V

Credits

Choreography and Dance: Efva Lilja. Text and Voice: Efva Lilja. Original Music: Per-Henrik Mäenpää. Light Design: Jonas Holst. Photo: Håkan Larsson. Production: DAP in collaboration with weld. Thanks to Dansehallerne for the opportunity to meet with the Danish audience, to Weld, The Art Grant Committee for fundings and Cullberg/Riksteatern who assisted with a residency. Thanks to Appell publishing house, Längmanska culture fund, Kungl. Patriotiska Sällskapet and Lätterstedtska föreningen for supporting the book "Kärlekens samtal är dans" as well as the gallery Konsthallen Stockholm, which showed paintings and drawings from the production.

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