Foto: Jon Filip Fahlstrøm. Fra Deep Field.

Ingri Midgard Fiksdal: Affective Choreographies

Ingri Midgard Fiksdal concludes her PhD Affective Choreographies at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts. The conclusion is presented and co-produced by Black Box Theater.

7th -11th of November Performances:
19h - Shadows of Tomorrow
20.30h - Deep Field 


10th of November, 13h Seminar and book release: Thinking Alongside
Speakers: Daniel Blanga Gubbay, Natasha Marie Llorens, Ana Vujanovic and Ingri Fiksdal.
Moderator: Camilla Eeg-Tverbakk.

10th of November, 18h Artist Talk  with Ingri Fiksdal in conversation with Valborg Frøysnes

Ingri Fiksdal ́s new piece Deep Field centers around running and its a affective qualities, for both performers and the audience. Amongst runners, the much sought-after “Runners’ high” denotes the a ective state of euphoria where endorphins are released into the body, acting in a similar way to their medically engineered counterpart, morphine. They serve as a painkiller, and have through evolution helped human survival through providing extra stamina, for instance when hunting animals. Endorphins are produced in the pre-frontal and limbic regions of the brain, which also light up in response to emotions, like love.
In Deep Field Fiksdal investigates how to produce this love-like euphoria amongst the running performers, and to what degree it can be contagious for the audience. The work is based on ideas of kinesthetic transference; that one body can experience the movement of another empathically through watching, feeling and hearing its presence in space. 

Choreography: Ingri Fiksdal
Music: Jenny Hval and Lasse Marhaug
Costume : Signe Becker
Light design: Ingeborg Olerud
Performers: Sudesh Adhana, Jon Filip Fahlstrøm, Rannei Grenne, Louis Schou-Hansen and Synne Sørum
Foto: Jon Filip Fahlstrøm
Co-produced by: Black Box Teater, bit Teatergarasjen and Teaterhuset Avant Garden and apap-Performing Europe 2020 - a project co-founded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

Shadows of Tomorrow (2016).   ”At a time when gatherings have become inherently politicised, when public spaces are under threat and when difference is being erased, teetering on the edge between crowd and group, between commune and gathering, feels essential, especially through a poetics of the body.” – Exeunt Magazine  Shadows of Tomorrow is a reworking of the Fiksdal production BAND from 2013. In this production she wantsto re-create the immersive experience of a psychedelic concert, but only through the movement of bodies and light; there is no music to be heard. Originally a poem by the pioneer of Afrofuturism, Sun Ra, Shadows of Tomorrow lends its title to a track on the Madvillain album Madvillainy by Madlib and MF Doom, key figures within the genre of psychedelic hip-hop. Drawing on this genre, with multiple beats that move through and between the bodies in space, the light design acts as an intensifier of the experience and creates additional movement and rhythm. A mesmerizing experience. 

Choreography: Ingri Fiksdal
Light design: Ingeborg Olerud
Costume design: Ingri Fiksdal, Elena Becker and Signe Vasshus
Performers: Rosalind Goldberg, Sigrid Hirsch Kopperdal, Venke Sortland, Thjerza Balaj, Angela Bundalovic, Panisara Wanlopbanhan, Lin van Kaam, Vivian Pakkanen, Michael Henrik Vedeler, Rebekka Andresen, Lisa Teige, Tormod Midtbø, Carola Jäderholm, Soile Puumalainen, Sarah Louise Fischer Luckow, Edit Askeland, Morten H. Stenersen, Anna Benedicte Andresen, Jonathan Ibsen og Natanya Helena Kjølås. 
Foto: Anders Lindén

Seminar and book release: Thinking Alongside    The seminar Thinking Alongside is linked to the conclusion of Ingri Fiksdal's PhD Affective Choreographies. As part of the PhD work, Fiksdal has edited an anthology that includes texts by artists, curators and thinkers whose work in various ways are related to her own. These include Karmenlara Ely, Lauren Fournier, Rosalind Goldberg/Pernille Holden, Daniel Blanga Gubbay, Snelle Hall, Satu Herrala, Natasha Marie Llorens, Chrysa Parkinson, Venke Sortland, Amanda Steggell, Mårten Spångberg and Ana Vujanovic.  The idea behind the anthology is not for it to address Fiksdal's work directly, but instead take up corresponding themes from other entry points. In this way, the collection of texts can contribute to a more multi-faceted knowledge production than what Fiksdal's work would be capable of on its own.  The seminar springs out of three texts in the anthology: Ana Vujanovic’s Landscape dramaturgy: Space after perspective, Natasha Marie Lloren’s Useless Binaries, and Daniel Blanga Gubbay’s Talking about the weather.  Ingri Fiksdal will participate in the panel.  Moderator is Camilla Eeg-Tverbakk.

Artist talk: 
Ingri Fiksdal will in conversation with Valborg Frøysnes elaborate on perspectives from her five year PhD-research. Central topics are different theories of affect, useless art and opacity, and how these are entangled with what Fiksdal has called choreographic principles within her work.