Choreographies of littoral landscapes
Maihaugen Open Air Museum
12.04.2018: Opening seminar, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO)
16.04-04.05.2018: Maihaugen Open Air Museum; Lillehammer, Norway
04.05.2018: Final presentation, Sensitive Chaos
Workshop leader: Amanda Steggell, in cooperation with Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe and Brynjar Åbel Bandlein.
Master students of choreography (KHIO): Kyuja Bae, Katarina Skår Lisa, Thomas Prestø and Otto Ramstad.
Bachelor student of film photography (Norwegian Film School, Lillehammer): Vegard Landsverk.
This is a residential workshop located around the ponds of Maihaugen open-air museum, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Lillehammer. The thematic ‘Pond’ will be explored within this cultural landscape. In origin, ‘pond’ is a variant form of the word ‘pound’, meaning a confining enclosure (margins, membership, borderlines, immigration, under represented societal groups). From biology a pond is a boundary ecosystem, a complex of living organisms where a body of water meets the land (a littoral landscape, and an important source of biological diversity in landscapes). Ponds all over the globe are culturally assigned as a function within societies. Examples include waterholes for animals and humans and as way marks and spiritual sites.
Through field work over a three-week period we will situate our bodies in this landscape and study the kinetic and kinaesthetic life of the pond on a daily basis. Thus we will become visitor-researchers, temporary inhabitants of the ponds, with an angle to both human and non-human participants. What gets attracted to a pond? Can frogs, tourists and even children have critical voices? Through inhabiting of the mundane and miraculous-ness of everyday life of ponds. In the context of the museal, the field work may create choreographic situations, which may be considered as a result of landscape performances. This is open to discussion.
Between nature, nurture and tradition the question we will address is this: What is the hope, happiness and trauma of the pond.
The workshop culminates with a situated presentation by the master students, called Sensitive Chaos.
INVITATION: Welcome to Sensitive Chaos
Lineage Research Maihuagen, by Otto Ramstad
Traces of water, by Thomas Prestø
Liquid Color, by Kyuja Bae and Katarina Skår Lisa (Eye of the Tree)
This workshop is supported by the members of Amphibious Trilogies; Amanda Steggell (Professor of Choreography, Academy of Dance, KHIO), Andrew Morrison (Professor of Interdisciplinary Design at the Institute of Design, AHO), Brynjar Åbel Bandlien (dancer, research fellow, Academy of Dance, KHIO) Hans Jørgen Wallin Weihe (Professor of Social Welfare, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences) and in cooperation with Maihaugen Museum.