Alienation is a sociological concept developed by classical and contemporary theorists. It is a condition, in social relationships, reflected by a low degree of integration or common values and a high degree of distance or isolation between individuals, or between an individual and a group of people in a community or work environment. The concept has many discipline-specific uses, and can refer both to a personal psychological state and to a type of social relationship. –Wikipedia
The performance “Step Right To It” is an ode to alienation and its hyper personal physical internalization and external disorientation.
With “Step Right to It” we hope to encounter a new state together by hijacking the “dark matter” existing momentarily within the constantly shifting authority of the gaze and its subject.
No flutter of an eyelid is accidental
“Step Right To It”, by the Icelandic choreographer Margrét Sara Gudjónsdóttir. The four person choreography is minimalist and authoritative in front of its dark blue semi circular curtain. Everything is in slow motion. The performers – three women, one man dressed in everyday clothes – crawl on all fours, sometimes with a predatory elegance. They step out of the curtain and sink to the floor again and again, seeming as if they are about to faint or are in pain.
They enter from the right, disappearing again to the left taking a very long time. Each tired flutter of the eyelid seems choreographed. Almost nothing happens, there is almost no variation, yet the timing is immaculate. A tense anticipation is built in which you await every change of lighting, music or personnel.
Above all however, the 40 minute long “Step Right To It” shows a completely unique, wilful signature – all achieved with the least amount of original movement. There is a very special mixture, there is rigour and there is dramaturgy. That is also something not so easily copied.
Sylvia Staude , Frankfurter Rundschau 10.06.2014
Marie Ursin Erichsen, Rodrigo Vilarinho, Louise Dahl and Annie Kay Dahlström
David Kiers, tracks: Mage by Nic Sarno, Fluro Black by ARP 101 & Elliott Yorke, Tony by KTL.
MDT theater Stockholm (SE), DOCH University of dance and circus in Stockholm (SE)