Departures and Arrivals



Cosmos the beach
2015/09/16 › 2015/09/17
Blomqvist, Linda

Cosmos The Beach is a license and a permission to produce on the premise of happiness, desire, care, fantasy and curiosity. It detects what’s already there to create links between things in order to build a vast network of interests.

Without forcing or directing events it strives to follow the contingency of existence. In some way it’s a wish to sustain a state of not knowing, following the traces and clues. A bit like driving in the dark, with the road constantly unfolding. You don’t know what’s coming until you are there but you know that you are on your way to something.

Cosmos The Beach is a constant state of receptiveness and openness. By asking ourselves: what’s already there? What does it do and what can it be? Can we imagine a nonlinear time where the past, present and future exist simultaneously, which means that Cosmos the Beach as a performance/artwork already exists and our job is to serve the piece, to make it emerge, to fulfill its wishes and let it fulfill ours. The artwork needs us as agents to manifest and realize it and we need the artwork to enter the unknown, to exit the symbolic order, to go outside of language. Cosmos The Beach is a piece that informs us rather than being our vision executed. It’s a piece that writes itself.

It can also be compared to a machine, which invests in knowledge, technologies of the self, soft practices and choreography, soft discourse and criticality.
Soft not as vague but as expansive, inclusive and receptive. Cosmos The Beach is everywhere and impossible to locate but it has something to do with intimacy, nature and artifice, becoming, witchcraft, togetherness, exchange of knowledge, dance routines and smoke. We don’t know where it will end and we won’t stop until something happens.

This is our fantasy; fantasy as an object as real as anything else, with the same ontological value as a palm tree, your sister or summer.


With and by: Madeleine Lindh and Sandra Lolax.
Supported by Kulturrådet and Stockholm Stad

 Presented in the context of [DNA] Departures and Arrivals with support by Culture Programme of the European Union

Madeleine Lindh

Madeleine, born in 1985, lives and works in Stockholm. She works next to/ alongside/ through/ side by side with choreography, dance, film and text.
She is educated at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. After dancing in Europa Danse youth company performing in pieces by Mats Ek, Hans van Manen, Jiri Kylian, and Nacho Duato, she joined the apprenticeship program D.A.N.C.E (Dance Apprentice Network aCross Europe) under the direction of William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Angelin Preljocaj and Frédéric Flamand, in 2005. Since returning to Sweden in 2008 she has mainly been working with Cristina Caprioli and Björn Säfsten. Madeleine is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary artist collective Rhododdendron. This fall, apart from sharing the magic in Cosmos The Beach, she is working with Cristina Caprioli and Anja Arnquist with the project Here, here and here here and here, here here here and here, here.

Sandra Lolax (FI/SE) works with choreography and movement practices, alone and with others, since 2007. Her artistic workings revolve around bodily matters, with an interest of expanding her understanding of what a body could do, and what a "good"/healthy body is. The solos And I'm ready for action (2011) and Action (2013) are examples of those interests. During 2015 Sandra performs the works The Internet and La Substance but in English by Mårten Spångberg. During summer 2015 collaborates with Stav Yeini at Ehkä productions in Turku, Finland.
Sandra works/previously worked as a dancer with choreographers such as Maya M. Carroll (nee Lipsker) Rebecka Stillman, Litó Walkey, Anne-Mareike Hess, Deborah Hay and Miriam Horwitz.