Departures and Arrivals



2017/06/05 › 2017/06/05
Söderhult, Ellen

What if we shift the question from ‘who do I want to be?’ to the question, ‘what kind of life do I want to live with others?’ Judith Butler

Understanding dance as a continuous negotiation between historical, collective and personal habits, norms, and desires, her question felt like an important, impracticable but inspiring starting point for a dance by many. It became clear that to support, submit to, and care for a proposal and to fill the verb ”following” with agency was important. In a wish to unveil what norms and ideologies reside within dance performance. it started with questioning not the form dance takes, but for what reasons and what dance’s purposes potentially could be. This, out of the ambition to not take any purpose for granted.

In this performance individual dance histories, dreams, desires and memories reappear, to collide with other ones and be compiled to a new oneness. Taken out of contexts the separate dances constitute a new whole that make altered meanings appear, open for other readings and different understandings. Out of a view on creativity as collective and art as more than the production of artefacts RUDY proposes a calm moment where empathy, care, following, supporting, repeating and imitating are considered vital aspects of art.


Choreography: Ellen Söderhult.
Dance: Klara Sjöblom, Klara Utke Acs, Anna-Maria Ertl, Lisen Pousette, Anna Bontha, Elise Sjöberg, Lisa Schåman, Ellen Söderhult, Anna-Karin Domfors, Oda Brekke, Gry Tingskog, Tiia Kasurinen, Susanna Ujanen, Ida Arenius and Minna Berglund.
Drummer: Cissi Efraimsson & Josefina Pukitis.
Costume design and embroidery: Chloe Chignell.
Light design: Ronald Salas.

Supported by: Nordisk Kulturfond, Kulturkontakt Nord, Kulturfonden för Sverige och Finland, Stockholms Stad, Ålands Kulturdelegation, Köttinspektionen Dans, Danseatelier, Nordens Institut på Åland.