STAFF plays with the nuances between a situation and the language used to describe it, in other words with representation. Naming and re-naming of various actions and gestures develops into a game that speaks about the relativity of language and about how we subjectively project meaning onto what we see.
STAFF takes semantics as starting point to portray our relationships to language and terms, as tools to understand and communicate our reality. The movement of one’s thought bouncing back from the thought of the other is what makes the common move forward, into more than just individual, empty statements that die alone. In this sense STAFF speaks about reflection, as a concept that inherently requires a second agent to fuel off of.
concept, choreography and interpretation: Andreea David & Ingrid Berger Myhre light design: Tobias Leira sound design: Lasse Passage consultant: Ann-Christin Berg Kongsness photo: Jenny Berger Myhre video: Sigurd Ytre-Arne producer: Ingrid Berger Myhre funded by: Arts Council Norway co-production: Dansateliers Rotterdam, WASP Bucarest, Blackbox Teater Oslo, 4Culture Bucharest support: Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, Centrul National al Dansului Bucharest, Life Long Burning Culture Programme. thanks to: Kristin de Groot, Myrto Katsiki, Claudiu Lorand Maxim, Andreea Căpitănescu, Adriana Gheorghe
About the artists
Ingrid Berger Myhre (1987) studied at the Laban Centre in London and graduated from Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in 2010. She has worked extensively as a performer internationally, followed by her first independent works Current (2013), Staff (2014) and Latest Notes (2015). She was a DanceWeb Scholarship recepient in 2010, and retrieved her MA in choreography at EXERCE in CCN, Montpellier 2015.
Andreea David is a performer and architect. Her works are presented in festivals like Explore Dance Festival Bucharest, ImpulsTanz Vienna, Temps d’Images Cluj and Like CNDB. She works solo or in collaboration. In 2015, she initiated the Laboratory for Common Practices, a system of work and experiment in which choreographic practices are shared and developed within a group.