In the work and practice of choreographer Björn Säfsten, the body and the mind and its connected actions are scrutinized, dissected and exposed. The focus is often to research how different methods of thinking patterns can alter the way we move. The choreography at hand is seen as a result of a dialog between each performers movement heritage and the choreographic proposition. The physical practice exposes images that result from a certain physical action, often attempting to transform it´s possible representations. The work takes visual twists and turns, often moulding itself while being performed, establishing itself anew each time for each audience encounter. We aim to expose physical dilemmas, deliberately creating situations where the performer’s thoughts are revealed, opened up to the viewer. The work fools around with the notion of language – striving to confuse and divert the viewer from the regularity of bodily reading. The body is seen as a multiplex of wills, desires and directions, moving away from the notion of a bodily and mental entity. The exact texture of the singular movement stands at the core of the work. Sections are created in the present moment through practices that occupy the performer with a blend of orders, restrictions and physical parameters. The methods behind the work strive for the direction of non-clarity and non-singularity, exposing the trajectory of thought and movement in the performer as actions happen. Energies in the action differ from hesitation to a certain urgency, to a deliberate stillness to an outburst of action. The incoherence of actions create the non-singularity, the non-linear narrative that interests Björn and the artists working with the different choreographic works. The work goes against a consensus of understanding, aiming to bring the diversity of the audience members into the relationship between stage and auditorium, between the performers’ area and the spectators’ area. We aim to discuss how language is violent in its form of oppressing both the performers’ and the viewers’ relationship to movement and the body. We wish to expose the multilayered understanding the physical experience embodies and how this can be brought into the private, the public and the political spheres. Since 2015 Björn Säfsten activates various formats to present the work of other artists within his structure Säfsten Production. Säfsten Production is a platform for choreographic creation and experimentation. An intertwinement of theory and practice, it manifests itself through artists joining forces in speculation and critical formation within the fields of choreography. It aims to be a platform for experimentation, risk-taking and continuous research, dealing with questions regarding politics, language and identity. Säfsten Production wants to create new formats for presenting dance and through introducing artists to its local context contribute to the development of the contemporary dance scene in Stockholm. This is done through activating collaborations between organisation, activating new spaces for dance as well as presenting choreographic practices that is yet not present within the local context. All plattorm work is being done in close collaboration with the partners involved. In addition to ongoing production of choreograph works four larger events have been initiated and presented by the platform: Festival: “Within Practice” (2018), at Eric Ericssonhallen, DOCH and SITE – a biannual festival creating a context for discussions about contemporary choreograhic practices curated by Björn Säfsten together with Anna Efraimsson. Symposium ”Translate, Intertwine, Transgress!” (2015) at Moderna Museet and MDT, curated by Björn Säfsten and Per Nilsson together with Catrin Lundkvist/Moderna museet and Danjel Andersson/MDT. Performance-lecture festival, ”Move to the beat of my tongue” (2015) at Studio 44 Stockholm, a collaboration between Säfsten production and the artist run space Studio 44 Stockholm. The operations of Säfsten Produktion is 2018 made possible with generous support by the Swedish Arts Council, Stockholms Stad and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
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