With an ensemble of eight dancers Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir steps into the blind spot of the exhausted common body in order to excavates its power from its alleged weakness. In arrestingly and at the same time unsettling pictures, the performance exposes the vulnerability of the fragile bodies which constitute the achievement-oriented society we live in. Tracing the consequences of bodies obliged to ‘self-design’ and showing symptoms of exhaustion, alienation, isolation. Red theater curtains which are usually associated with circus performances, opera and classical theater are here used to juxtapose portraits of anonymous but yet highly personal bodies, moving forward in an indefinable speed in time and space.
The performance will be an invitation to a shared experience of the fragile self, a self that is gazing at its own gaze, staring at its own stare, perceiving its own perception, unsettled by its own borderlessness in the blue light of empathy.
The performance “Blind Spotting” belongs to the “Blind Spotting Performance Series “ which includes at this point; “Blind Spotting”, a performance with an original cast of 8 dancers which premiered at the Sophiensaele theater in Berlin spring 2014, “Blind Spotting- film version”, an artistic film created from the original 8 dancers performance, the duet performance “Spotted” which premiered in autumn 2014 during swedish Slingan tour, and the solo performance “In the Blind Spot” premiering spring 2015.
“The quality is not just produced by that age old playing with the gaze. There is also a slowness, seemingly born of an endless exhaustion; the infernal silence from which Peter Rehberg’s music is created and of course the quality is produced by the Icelandic choreographer Margrét Sara Gudjónsdóttir’s movement art, like a puppet hanging from a string”.
Arnd Wesemann, tanz, 08/2014
“Again and again we see exhausted bodies, retreating within themselves. There is hardly communication between the protagonists. Each one going their toilsome way. Everyone is exhausted. It is in this weakness of the human body where the choreographer searches for the body’s strength and she succeeds, by parading this weakness, without any one secret, in the bright light […] Blind Spotting makes a mirror out of the public and out of the actors in which they mutually look at themselves for three quarters of an hour.“
Aura Cumita, Neue Deutche presse, 16.06.2014
“A very interesting performance that demands the right type of stage, as well as an unconventional attitude from it´s viewers”.
Sesselja G. Magnúsdóttir, Fréttablaðið, Iceland 30.08.2014
CAST & CREDITS
CONCEPT / DIRECTION / CHOREOGRAPHY
Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir
CHOREOGRAPHY / PERFORMANCE
Annie Kay Dahlström, Louise Dahl, Catherine Jodoin, Laura Siegmund, Angela Schubot, Suet-Wan Tsang, Marie Ursin, Rodrigo Vilarinho
Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir in collaboration with Andreas Harder
Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir
original composed sound track by Peter Rehberg
Anja Röttgerkamp, Thomas Schaupp
Björn&Björn, Gabi Beier
BLIND SPOTTING-FILM VERSION
Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, Wilderness Residencies project of the Nordic-Baltic contemporary dance community keðja, Slingan: Atalante Gothenburg, Dansstationen Malmö, MDT.
Life Long Burning cultural programm of the European Union 2013-2018 and the Cullberg Ballet dance company in Stockholm.
Wilderness Residencies project of the Nordic-Baltic contemporary dance community keðja, Tanzfabrik Berlin and Advancing Performing Arts Project (APAP) production studio berlin.
Trailer on Tanz Forum Berlin: