My Wild Flag at MDT, August 31 - September 5. 

We are happy to announce that the fourth edition of MWF will take place this year. MWF is an annual international festival for dance and choreography in Stockholm curated by Pontus Pettersson and Karina Sarkissova – proposing contemporary choreographic and artistic work, bringing communities together and joining in social choreographies as well as works devoted for the stage. MWF wants to meet current urgencies where bodies, thinking and beings disturb and embrace the ways we perceive the world.

Bodies of Water at Wanås Konst September 26-27

Bodies of Water is a generous proposal to aesthetically and sensorily lead the audience through an experience that creates empathy to perceive and discover new ways of relating to our physical surroundings.  

The performance is a 3 hour long choreography orginally set in Spanish artist Dora Garcias new exhibition Red Love at Tensta konstall 2018, will in September re-appear, as intended through a performative scenario, we can bring out the watery qualities of our bodies and others. The choreographic directions and instructions (scores) create openings that allow the water in us to define our movements. This is a process we witness in the dancers and through our presence, where we place ourselves in the room and our gaze. When the watery quality in our bodies is evoked we give agency to the water in us. This entails a new relation to one another.

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The Hydra in residence at Weld, 24 May - 13 June. 

In collaboration with visual artist and filmmaker Salad Hilowle The Hydra is set out to investigate a choreography in search of the essence of water. The Hydra is a scenic and performative proposal on documentation, film, memory, and gaze that is related to and included in the wider frame of Pontus extensive choreographic research project about water – All Departures Are Waves.

 

Writing Wounds to Heal + Lune

 

Long time friend and collaborator Linnea Martinsson a.k.a Lune released her latest music video and single, Where Do Love Go where she and her two friends are wearing Pontus poetry and clothes project Writing Wounds to Heal. 

 

Writing Wounds to Heal (2015) is a collection of poems printed on clothes made out of velvet silk and stencil/jewelry made of mirrors. The typography/font is Pontus' own design called Pancor and was made during Pontus master studies in choreography in Stockholm as a way to write new poems through the semiotics of the designed letters.

 

Lune, born June 19, 1988, is a Swedish artist, songwriter, dancer, and visual creator. In 2010, she was heard on the Adrian Lux song Teenage Crime which she also joined as a songwriter. In 2013, the album Music & Sports was released and the same year she did a concert at MoMa in New York under the name ”Lune the Center”. Lune received a lot of attention for its version on Swedish House Mafia’s ”Leave the World Behind”, created for a commercial for Volvo. in 2018 started her own record company ”Play Human” where she now releases all her music.

Red love: a reader on Alexandra Kollontai now online 

 

The well sought for book Red love: a reader on Alexandra Kollontai gathers a long list of thinkers and artists writing and revisiting Kollentai’s legacy. One of the contributions is a score by Pontus and Hanna Zafiropoulos from the choreographic installation Bodies of Water that was originally set up within the frame of Spanish artist Dora Garcia's exhibition ‘Red Love’ at Tensta Konsthall 2018. This reader stems from a research by CuratorLab at Konstfack University in Stockholm and Tensta Konsthall, accompanying the exhibition. 

 

Alexandra Kollontai was a Russian revolutionary, commissar of Social Welfare after the October revolution in 1917, and one of the first women ambassadors in the world. She pioneered the introduction of abortion rights, secularised marriage, as well as paid maternity leave and considered “comradely love” to be a political force. Does Kollontai’s vision of love relate to current feminist struggles and if so, how?