Lydia Ö. Diakité, Marie Ursin, Nunu Flashdem, Tamara Alegre
FIEBRE

FIEBRE is a choreographic work departing from a fictional landscape exploring a sensual gooey material. FIEBRE comes from a desire of creating an intimate, inceptive space where three dancers progressively explore the possibilities of a viscous and sentimental apparatus. Moving through trajectories of physical states, erotic togetherness, sexuality, sincereness and rawness.

FIEBRE intends to imagine other ways of being together for thresholding and transformation. Eroticism becomes a source of empowerment where desire, disgust and alienation are free to coexist and feed each other.

FIEBRE is built on cooperation and care, the work relies essentially on the group. Re-framing the inherited hierarchies of the different parts of labour in such a work and their respective visibilities aiming to shake up structural ways of putting cheer to the singular author. 

The piece won the Young Choreographers’ Award at Impulstanz festival in 2021.

FIEBRE is curated by Mette Woller and presented in collaboration with Copenhagen Contemporary. FIEBRE is part of the exhibition Dangerous When Wet

Dangerous When Wet is a group exhibition about love, examining our connectedness to ourselves and each other. Taking its outset in water and wet environments, the exhibition investigates support systems and healing care. The exhibition is curated by Mette Woller and is presented by Copenhagen Contemporary and Dansehallerne.

Participating artists: Tamara Alegre (IC/CH), Élie Autin (CH/FR), Lydia Östberg Diakité (SE/CI), Nunu Flashdem (CH), Marie Ursin (NO), Kinga Bartis (HU), Filip Berg (DK), Tea Eklund-Berglöw (SE), Freja Sofie Kirk (DK), Melanie Kitti (SE), Linda Lamignan (NO/NG), Pablo Lilienfeld (ES/BE) & Federico Vladimir (AR/ES), Adele Marie Rannes (DK), Iben Zorn (DK)

Tamara Alegre (IC/CH) She/they Tamara Alegre works with dance and choreography in a field of research that revolves around using sensual embodiments, fictions on sexuality, and liminal physical states as choreographic tools. Alegre has a growing passion for dancehall and being involved in collaborative exchanges is essential to their practice. They studied European business and psychology and organized underground musical events, worked as a DJ, and tour manager until 2016. In 2018, they obtained an MA in choreography at DOCH, Stockholm. Alegre has previously danced for La Ribot and Mårten Spångberg, Nikima Jagudajev, Carlos María Romero, and PRICE and is now artist in residence for a three-year period at Arsenic, Lausanne. Lydia Östberg Diakité (SE/CI) They/them Lydia Östberg Diakité is a choreographer, dancer, artist, and union organiser whose work revolves around rethinking subjectivity, popular cultural phenomena, and hyper-performativity departing from a black intersectional feminist practice. Östberg Diakité graduated from The Danish National School of Performing arts – Dance and Choreography Studies in 2017 and has since toured with numerous pieces internationally: their most recent work is Immortal Summit (2021), a choreographic conversation, created jointly with BamBam Frost in 2021; other works include CRY BABY in 2020, and FIEBRE in 2018 – winner of The ImPulsTanz Young Choreographers’ Awards – [8:tension] series 2021, co-choreographed with Tamara Alegre and Marie Ursin. Diakité co-founded the Dance Cooperative (2019), an artist-run studio in Copenhagen and sits on the board of The Union (2018), a cultural workers union that works to create critical discourse locally and to eliminate racism on the art and culture scene in Denmark. Nunu Flashdem (CD/CH) She/her Nunu Flashdem is a Congolese-Swiss dancer and plus-size model based in London since 2021. Flashdem has a background in various circus disciplines and currently works as a professional dancehall and Twerk dancer and teacher. She performs at different events and concerts, amongst others Kranium, Charly Black, and Cali P, and shoots music videos with other artists around Europe. Recently, Flashdem has featured in videos with Palms, Wrstrn, Avelino, Not3s, and Yungen and modelled for Named Collective. In 2018, she created Flashdem Entertainment. Élie Autin (FR/CH) She/her Elie Autin is a model, dancer, and artist. Autin studied contemporary dance at the Manufacture HES-SO in Lausanne. Directly after obtaining her diploma, Autin worked on various artistic projects and productions within theatre, dance, and performance as a performer, but also as creator and co-creator. Autin has, among others, worked with Tamara Alegre, Marvin M’Toumo, Natasza Gerlach, Caner Teker, Juliette Uzor, Nagi Gianni, and Alexandre Doublet. Recently, she showed her first sculpture installation at a group exhibition at La Rada in Locarno, Switzerland, and is now taking her artistic work in new directions. Marie Ursin (NO) She/her Marie Ursin works with dance, choreography, curating, and organization, always based on collaborative processes and hybrid formats. She studied dance and performance at Stockholm University of the Arts (DOCH). Since 2013, she has been the artistic director of the annual experimental residency project, Scene:Bluss, in collaboration with Alexandra Tveit. Ursin has, among others, worked with Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir, Mette Ingvartsen, Runa Borch Skolseg, Nikhil Vettukattil, Marie Nikazm Bakken, Fredrik Floen, and Nikima Jagudajev. Ursin is also a member of the interdisciplinary, discursive collective Carrie, currently among the associated artists at the Black Box teater in Oslo

“How FIEBRE manages to talk about female solidarity, body positivity, sexualisation and many other burning issues in such a bizarre setting is quite a mystery: it doesn’t want to impress, and you are maybe sceptical at first, but unnoticed it gets under your skin.” Lena Megyeri / Sprinback magazine / September 2021

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Artist

Lydia Ö. Diakité, Marie Ursin, Nunu Flashdem, Tamara Alegre

Title

FIEBRE

Type

Performance

Date

10.1–2.2022, 20:00

Duration

55 minutes

Venue

Copenhagen Contemporary, Refshalevej 173A, 1432 København K

Credits

Concept and choreography by Tamara Alegre in close collaboration with Lydia Östberg Diakité, Marie Ursin, Tamara Alegre. Dancers: Lydia Östberg Diakité, Nunu Flashdem, Elie Autin. Scenography and stage assistant: Célia Lutangu, Sel Dir Melaizi. Costumes : Giulia Essyad. Music: HAJ300 – Katja Lindeberg. External eyes: Karina Sarkissova and Giulia Essyad. Production: FUEGO CONTIGO. Picture: Nelly Rodriguez

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Special thanks to Klara Utke Acs, Benedicte Eggesbø and Ali Abdelkhalek. FIEBRE was made possible with the support of Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Fluxum Foundation, Nestlé Art Foundation, SIS and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Arsenic – Contemporary Performing Arts Center, Lausanne and DOCH, University of Dance and Circus, Stockholm. Fiebre is a part of the exhibition Dangerous When Wet which is curated by Mette Woller and presented in collaboration with Copenhagen Contemporary.