On a sunny day in May I went on a 2 hour walk in the Nørrebro area (Copenhagen, Denmark) with twelve playful people in the age from three to sixty. Below are some impressions from our walk captured by Agnes Saaby Thomsen.
I am so please to be selected to participate with the paper “Ethical Dilemmas of listening through and with costume” and the video “Costume connections” at Critical Costume 2022.
Video abstract: This Critical Costume exhibition presentation derives from the twelve-hour costume-based ‘performative-walk’ Community Walk (2020). The frame for Community Walk was a bright yellow costume that physically connected two wearers. In Community Walk I, the researcher and costume designer, placed myself ‘in the centre’ of the co-wearing entanglements. For twelve hours I co-wore the costume in the central area of Copenhagen, DK connected to twelve different co-wearers. One hour with each co-wearing participant. In the video I share some of the values that are the foundation for my artistic practice and research – hence, for this project. I unfold aspects of the co-wearing experience. For example, that the costume orientated the co-wearers towards each other and that they as a connected pair had to navigate and negotiate the costume, by-passing spectator(s), and urban environment.
Connect was an invitation to curious and playful children and adults to explore a costume that physically connected them to another person. Over two days more than 50 people engaged and entangled with each other in multiple ways.
Connect invited audiences to experience of the presence and influence of another human being – of how your movements affect my movements and how we must navigate the urban landscape together.
At the opening of the festival Thomas Eisenhardt, Lisbeth Klixbüll and Pernille Møller Taasinge from Aaben Dans entangled through a costume.
AweAre – a movement quintet (June 27, 2020) was created and performed Ny Carlsbergfondet’s performance festival UP CLOSE, Det Classenske Bibliotek, Copenhagen, DK.
The performance was co-create with the dancers Alex Berg, Camille Marchadour, Daniel Jeremiah Persson and Josefine Ibsen. Performance soundscape composed by Victor Dahl
Festival context: In response to the pandemic lockdown in Denmark in 2020, the Carlsberg Foundation developed the performance festival UP CLOSE (curated by art historian Natalia Gutman), which over four days (two weekends) presented twelve different performances to an audience. Invited to each create a fifteen-minute performance (performed three times on a specific date) were, among others, the artistduo Hesselholdt & Mejlvang, composer Louise Alenius, choreographer Tim Matiakis & solodancer Astrid Elbo, performance artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen and me as the only costume designer.