April 14, 2011

PERFORMANCEXHIBITION Courderoy de-constructed, Björn Säfsten


Björn Säfsten

(A part of Performancexhibition)

April 14 – 17, 2011

Curator: Richard Julin

In the spring of 2011, Magasin 3 has invited a number of artists to produce work that lands somewhere between performance and exhibition.

Björn Säfsten has worked as a choreographer in Sweden and internationally since 2003, working with his own constellations of dancers and artists while also completing commissions for other ensembles. With a razor-sharp eye for the full spectrum of movement, he creates pieces that focus on both physical limitations and possibilities.

For Magasin 3, Björn Säfsten has created Corduroy de-constructed, a conceptual performance that allows the choreographer to present movements for observation, inspection and inspiration. It is the deconstruction of the performance Corduroy, created for a large stage in 2010, restaged in three separate yet corresponding choreographic parts performed in a loop. The stage is replaced by the more intimate setting of an art gallery. Performed by some of Sweden’s best young dancers in close proximity to the audience, the movements are recontextualized establishing new approaches to the work.

Richard Julin, curator of the exhibition:

“Björn Säfsten is absolutely one of Sweden’s most interesting choreographers right now. I have followed his dance productions closely and been fascinated by the precise and sharply defined choreographic language. It is with great pleasure that Magasin 3 presents the new work “Corduroy de-constructed” in one of our exhibition galleries for a visual arts public in April.”

Dancers: Anja Arnquist, Sophie Augot, Allison Ahl, Linda Blomqvist,  Madeleine Lindh.

Performed during the following hours at Magasin 3:
Thursday, April 14, 11.30 am – 6.00 pm
Friday, April 15, 11.30 am – 5.00 pm
Saturday, April 16, 11.30 am – 5.00 pm
Sunday, April 17, 11.30 am – 5.00 pm

The work is a 1 1/2 hr loop. There is a pause between 1-2 pm each day.

Co-produced by NorrlandsOperan and Magasin 3 with the support of the Swedish Arts Council.

Artist Talk:

On Thursday, April 14 at 6pm, Richard Julin will hold a conversation with Björn Säfsten and the dancers performing in Corduroy de-constructed; Anja Arnquist, Sophie Augot, Allison Ahl, Linda Blomqvist, and Madeleine Lind.

Location: Magasin 3
Language: Swedish


Corduroy de-constructed is part two of three in PERFORMANCEXHIBITION:

February 10 – March 6: Antidote, Erik Aalto
April 14 – 17: Corduroy de-constructed, Björn Säfsten
May 5 – 8: The Infinite Conversation, Lundahl & Seitl