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DACE – Dance Art Critical Ecology

Curators Rickard Borgström & Rebecca Chentinell.

Currently 2023

• Exhibition & Program: BERGSPRÅK (displaced). Eco- facilitation DACE, 7- 11.6.23, MDTsthlm in the frame of Festival Lustholmen. New eco- sensitive works from Amanda Piña, Kristin Nango, Ánte Mikkel Gaup & Inger Biret Gaup, Tone Johannessen & Mariê Maze and many more. More Information here.

• New article ICE HOT 2022 Helsinki and comment Maknadsliberal kulturpolitik i ettpostnordisk tilstånd, Rickard Borgström & Rebecca Chentinell, Norsk Shakespeare Nr. 1/23. More information here.

• Interview with DACE by Karina Sarkissova in Maska magazine 211/12: Ecology; between Staging and Performing ecologies . More information at MASKA

• Le Sacre du printemps, developing a dance piece for the Nature forest of Högsveden with Zheng Bo and 8 dancers. Offerings on the 11 and 12 of August. Dalarna, Sweden

• Guest program: A Journey through the (post) anthropocentric landscape of Dalarna. The guestprogram invites artists, curators, researchers, activist to move through the landscape to conduct a poetic inventory of it and deploy artistic exploration of the entangled ecology of the region. In collaboration with IASPIS & The International Dance Program of The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, TINFO & FRAME and Dalarna County Council. 12- 15 of August, Dalarna, Sweden.

• Residency and premier of DACE’s new creation, a chanting performance on the relation between ecological systems and language strucutres, L’Écart- Art Center, 18-29 of October, Rouyn-Noranda Quebec, Canada

Recent 2021- 2022

• Exhibition: Hämärän maa – Nattens ekologi. Curation DACE, 17.12.22- 9.4.23, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland

• Theater Premiere and tour: Hvem drepte faren min, by Edouard Louis, Agder Nye Teater 9.11- 23.11 2022 (Dramaturge, Rickard Borgström) Postponed due to illness in the cast, we return with new dates soon.

• World premier: Le Sacre du printemps (Tandvärkstallen), Zheng Bo At the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 
The Milk of Dreams, Curated by Cecilia Alemani
20 April – 27 November 2022 Film produced by DACE – Dance Art Critical Ecology
Rickard Borgström & Rebecca Chentinell 

• Eco- Sensitive Dance, Zheng Bo & Ossi Niskala, Högsveden 24.4- 3.5 2022

• Eco- Somática, Amanda Piña & Tira Kuna Dancers, Dansinitiativet, Luelå 2 – 29.4 2022

• Bergspråk, Amanda Piña and Timur Si-Qin, Havremagasinet, Boden/Suttes 30.4- 15.5 2022

School of Mountains, Amanda Piña, Tanzquartier Wien 24- 26.6 2022

Symbiosis- Erotics, Zheng Bo and Geumhyung Jeong.
at Färgfabriken, Stockholm 18.10- 28.11 2021

With support from Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Taiteen edistämiskeskus – Taike ,Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Kulturrådet, Nordisk Kulturfond, Konstnärsnämnden, Iaspis Konstnärsnämnden, Nordisk kulturkontakt, Riksteatern- Dans, Future Games/Changemaker Educations, Jokkmokk i Rörelse.

For more information visit
dace.nu fargfabriken.se havremagasinet.se dansinitiativet.se

Rickard Borgström, Curator, Dramaturge, Performer, Critic, Sibbo, Finland. He works at the fluid intersection of contemporary art, dance and theatre. He deploy a de-central perspective to conceive exhibition and program formats, within diverse backgrounds and geographies, in a collaborative and trans-disciplinary modes, to provide a historical anchoring and engagement with local conditions. Borgström has worked mainly in the Nordic region where his work has been presented at institutions such as Teaterhuset Avant Garden (Rosendal Teater), Bastard Internationella Teaterfestival, Stamsund Teaterfestival, Norsk Kulturråd, Lofoten Internationella Konstfestival, Inkonst, Art Space Sinne, Jyväskylä Art museum, Korjaamo, Nunatta Isiginnaartitsisarfia – The National Theatre of Greenland. At times he lecture in contemporary dramaturgies in dance and theatre at Uniarts Dance department Stockholm. Borgström writes for Norsk Shakespearetidskrift and Ny tid. Currently he is co-curating DACE; a platform for dance and visual arts focusing on critical ecology with Rebecca Chentinell, the first pilot Symbiotic – Erotics took place at Färgabriken, Stockholm fall 2021, followed by Bergsråk at Havremagasinet Boden/Suttes spring 2022. He was a member of the committee of Dance at the Swedish Art Council 2018-2021. Borgström is educated at Dramatiska Institutet and Stockholms Universitet.

Opening night  BERGSPRÅK (displaced) 7 June at Lustholmen MDT

Opening night:
Bergspråk (displaced)
At MDT Moderna Dansteatern
An eco-facilitated program by DACE – Dance Art Critical Ecology
Rickard Borgström [FI]  & Rebecca Chentinell [SE] 
7-11 Juni 2023

Almost exactly one year ago we, a group of dancers, choreographers, artists, researchers and thinkers from the Nordics, Sápmi and South America, gathered in Suttes/Boden in Jåhkågasska to investigate and reconsider the relationship between man and nature with a dance/exhibition Bergspråk, and a symposium Dances and Songs of Earth. Through dance, joik, storytelling, meditation and hikes, we shared and created common, collective experiences around the ecological challenges of the specific places we were coming from, then, now, and in relation to today’s (so-called) green transition.

In Bergspråk (displaced) we seek sensuous ways of approaching today’s ecological crisis in order to illuminate and create more understanding around the interconnectedness of the world, beyond just human needs, and unite in struggles for ecological sustainability across continents. 

Bergspråk (displaced) is an eco-facilitated programme that brings together some of the artists who participated in the research in Jåhkågasska last year, all of whom carry bodily experiences from critical ecological events beyond Stockholm’s geography. Through eco-sensitive practices and philosophies such as deep listening, communal being, somatic rituals and joik, the mountain’s struggle is given voice and body – through both we as artists and you as our audience – we hope to actualise some of these ecological issues in this city where political power resides and major ecological decisions are made.

Through bodily testimonies from within the mountain, Bergspråk (displaced) creates a network of ancient, contemporary, and future thought systems to deepen our understanding of this post-anthropocentric landscape we find ourselves in. With dance, joiks, agitation and passionate processions, the great questions of our time are awakened in our bodies, conjuring bewildering insights as collective empowerment.

On June 7th an interwoven outdoor program is presented with the following new creations
Tender Walks Being Woven by Kristin Nango
Gulahallat Eatnamiin: We Speak Earth by Ánte Mikkel Gaup & Inger Biret Gaup
Bonesby Amanda Piña
Walking, drumming, dancing by Tone Johannessen & Mariê Mazer
Memory of a place by Marit Shirin Carolasdotter & Linnéa Sundling
The Living by Regan McEnroe
Det är nog nu! by Tor Lennart Tuorda.
Discoverer of Europe Presents: (something) by Uyarakq
Bergpråk (displaced) also encompass the exhibition Divina Presencia by Amanda Piña, which will be on display throughout the festival in Studio 2, and the sensory-based attentive audio walk Tender Walks Being Woven by Kristin Nango, which can be experienced outdoors and enjoyed twice daily.

𝗕𝗘𝗥𝗚𝗦𝗣𝗥Å𝗞 (𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲𝗱) is part of the Festival Lustholmen 7-11 June 2023 curated by Anna Efraimsson & Mariana Suikkanen Gomes MDT Moderna Dansteatern.

Eco-facilitation: DACE – Dance Art Critical Ecology
Rickard Borgström & Rebecca Chentinell
Technicians: Björn Kuajara & Luka Curk
Coordination: Mmabatho Thobejane
Communication: Erica Moon-Nam Lindberg
Texts: Rickard Borgström & Rebecca Chentinell
Video documentation: Adam Nilsson
Curators Festival Lustholmen: Anna Efraimsson & Mariana Suikkanen Gomes

Premier: Tender Walks Being Woven, Kristin Nango


Kristin Nango [Sápmi/NO]
Ánte Mikkel Gaup [Sápmi/NO]
Inger Biret Gaup [Sápmi/NO]
Amanda Piña [CL/MX/AU]
Tone Johannessen [NO] 
Mariê Mazer [BR] 
Marit Shirin Carolasdotter [Sápmi/SE]
Linnéa Sundling [Sápmi/SE]
Regan McEnroe [Sápmi/SE]
Tor Lennart Tourda [Sápmi/SE]
Uyarakq (Aqqalu Berthelsen) [Kalaallit Nunaat]

DACE – Dance Art Critical Ecology
DACE is a platform for curatorial and choreographic explorations on dance and choreography in a More-than-Human World, initiated by Rickard Borgström and Rebecca Chentinell in 2019. Central to the duo is how the body functions as an interface towards the surroundings. Consequently, they invite artists who engage in the rapid technological, environmental and political changes, with a multitude of bodily approaches, and how this might affect our actions, thinking and artistic practice.

DACE traces new bodily sensitivities and interconnections between human, technology and nature in a more-than-human environment. DACE seeks new aesthetic paradigms in the shifting nature of our ecological systems in the geological era of human-made nature.

Opening night:
Hämärän maa – Nattens ekologi 
Works from the Wihuri foundation collection
At Rovaniemi Art Museum 
Curated by DACE – Dance Art Critical Ecology
Rickard Borgström [FI]  & Rebecca Chentinell [SE] 
16 December 2022 – 19 March 2023

The exhibition Hämärän maa – Nattens ekologi is a dark tale about the finitude as much as bewilderment over how inconceivably entangled life and the planet are.

At nightfall man vanishes – if they do not cease to exist, at least they dissolve, their contours become vague as the outer world starts to leak into them. In the night, their porous body intersects by invisible forces that crawl under the skin, collapsing their borders. In the darkness the individual figures are erased, as the personal life comes to an end and their body becomes an interface open for infinite currents of hardly noticeable shifts of thousands of strange bodies, merely sensed and not possible to distinguish. In the incomprehensible tremors of the loss of self, the horrifying vulnerability engulfs them as they no longer control themselves, all while they fail to separate their inner darkness from the darkness outside. Thus, the night becomes their awakening, not as a subject, but as an ecological organism, among organisms.

ARTISTS : Jesse Adveikov, Maija Albrecht, Anne-Elina Alho, Ville Andersson, Jasmin Anoschkin, Tor Arne, Tuomo Blomqvist, Pirjetta Brander, Markku Hakuri, Paavo Halonen, Mia Hamari, Simo Hannula, Hannaleena Heiska, Veikko Hirvimäki, Tapio Junno, Pekka Jylhä, Aarne Jämsä, Marja Kanervo, Eemil Karila, Kaija Kiuru, Essi Korva, Marjo Lahtinen, Tuomas Laitinen, Tiia Matikainen, Elina Merenmies, Juhana Moisander, nabbteeri, Mari Rantanen, Juri Saarikoski, Noora Schroderus, Kim Simonsson, Tommi Toija, Paavo Tolonen, Jan Kenneth Weckman and Seppo Öfverström. 

Hvem drepte faren min

Hvem drepte faren min” er en nyskrevet, eksplosiv monolog av Edouard Louis om klasseforskjeller og de mekanismene i samfunnet som skaper mindreverd og utslitte kropper. Edouard Louis filtrerer alt dette gjennom å fortelle sin fars historie.

I 2022 skal Agder Nye Teater skape en ekspressiv og intens sceneversjon av fortellingen. Forestillingen er et samarbeid mellom skuespiller Gina Lindås Theodorsen, danser og koreograf Charlott Utzig og regissør Magnus Sparsaas.

Edouard Louis har med sine tre nylige romaner fornyet diskusjonen om klasseforskjeller og linket den til den økende populariteten til populistiske protestpartier. Jakten på raske løsninger, klare fiendebilder og bortforklaringer utfordrer demokratiets bestandighet. Hvem drepte faren min er den tredje boken i en trilogi som beskriver arbeiderklasse-oppveksten på landsbygda i Frankrike. Den første boken handler om å være skeiv på et lite sted, lengselen etter frigjøring og oppgjøret og bruddet med egen familie. Men i den nyeste boken er det gjenforeningen med familien og en forsvarstale for en arbeiderklasse han selv har forlatt som danner rammen for å analysere oppveksten og farens liv. I en tid med svekkelse av sosiale rettigheter, økende ulikheter og svekket bevissthet om klasseforskjellers strukturelle inngripen i livet og selvfølelsen til individet er Louis sine bøker befriende direkte om noe som både er dypt personlig og helt universelt

Av: Edouard Louis
Regi og scenografi: Magnus Sparsaas
Kunstneriske medskapere: Gina Lindås Theodorsen, Charlott Utzig, Marius Christoffer Karlsrud
På scenen: Gina Lindås Theodorsen, Charlott Utzig, Magnus Sparsaas, Gaut Åge Bjønnum, Ingvild Moen, Oline Berthelsen, Eden Engesland Yadgar, Fillip Ring, Andreas Haugland Ausland
Musikk: Marius Christoffer Karlsrud
Kostyme: Sara Skogøy
Lys: Norunn Standal
Produsent: Tonje Sannes
Dramaturg: Rickard Borgström
Grafisk design: Carl Lützen
Snekker: Leif Tveitdal
Maler: Frode Holgersen
Sveiser: Gregor Olsen
Forestillingsfoto: Simen Dieserud Thornqvist
Takk til: Mimir Kristjansson, Linda Sætra

Støttet av Norsk Kulturråd, Agder Fylkeskommune, Arendal kommune, Kristiansand kommune, Scenekunst Sør, Bergesen-stiftelsen, Fløistad-stiftelsen, FFUK, Fond for lyd og bilde, Fritt ord, Cultiva

I samarbeid med Arendal kulturhus, Kilden Kultur, Lyngdal kultursenter og Mandal Kulturhus


Arendal Kulturhus
9. og 10. November

Kilden teater og konserthus i Kristiansand
11. November

Buen kulturhus i Mandal
16. November

Lyngdal kulturhus
23. November