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Almanac 2016: Molitrix Scenekunst/ Linda Birkedal (Stavanger, Norway)

Almanac 2016: Molitrix Scenekunst/ Linda Birkedal (Stavanger, Norway)

In between and Backup
In between In between is a performance work that examines the word between conceptually, investigating it in connection to place, condition or relation. The project will give attention to the plastic room or place where one is positioned between one or several places, experiencing ambivalence. The poetic potential that lies in the depths of space and in the act of opening and stretching the in between. The in between that opens up for doubt, the ambivalent, the indecisive and the slow – finding it being as important as the effective, decisive and determined. Backup The project investigates the consept backup understood both as storage, copy and reinforcement, and reflects around how technology effects our relationship to memories, preservation and time. We experience how technology can be a restriction, an enhancement, an all consuming addiction and even become a helpful support. Technology influences the context, which is linked to choices we make. In what ways affects digitalization how we relate to time and each other? How human can technology become, through our utilization of it? Through body, sound, light and technology, performers and audience share a common space where the human and the digital device are connected. A footstep may evolve into rhythm, which in turn affects the space, and the flickering light can become poetry.Time can create a unity of connections. A backup of our collective memory. The audience is invited to take their own perspective and make their own choices in experiencing this project.

Production History:
Tou Scene and RAS.


Artistic Statement:
Molitrix Scenekunst (MoS) is a company producing contemporary performance and working with visual art, electronic music, text and film. The company has produced several critically well-received performances of various length and character for indoor and outdoor. Molitrix Scenekunst´s main aim is to produce and tour dance works of high quality. Linda Birkedal completed her BA at Trinity-Laban, London. Her further education is at the University of Copenhagen, University of Stavanger and Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (SADA). After working in London and Copenhagen for several years as a dancer, choreographer and producer, she established Molitrix Scenekunst (MoS) with Stavanger as a base in 1999. Linda was awarded Norwegian state scholarship 2005-2007. In 2008 she received a scholarship from Stavanger commune. In 2012 she received the choreographic scholarship from the union of Norwegian Dance Artists (NoDa) and in 2013 she received a scholarship from Rogaland County Municipality honouring her many years of producing and working in Rogaland. MoS works has been presented at Tou Scene in Stavanger, RAS/Sandnes kulturhus in Sandnes, BIT Teatergarasjen (Meteor/Oktoberdans) in Bergen, Dance House in Oslo, Dansearena Nord in Hammerfest, DansiT in Trondheim, Agder theater in Kristiansand, Consert House in Stavanger, The light House in Utsira, Dansescenen/Dansehallene in Copenhagen and Dansestasjonen in Malmø. Molitrix Scenekunst is supported by Kulturrådet, Stavanger kommune, Sandnes kommune, Rogaland Fylkeskommune, Fond for utøvende kunstnere and Fond for lyd og bilde






Photo by: Elin Osjord

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here. 


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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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