With an ensemble of eight dancers Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir steps into the blind spot of the exhausted common body in order to excavates its power from its alleged weakness. In arrestingly and at the same time unsettling pictures, Blind Spotting exposes the vulnerability of our fragile bodies in our achievement-oriented society. Red theater curtains which are usually associated with circus performances, opera and classical theater are here used to juxtapose portraits of anonymous but yet highly personal dilapidated bodies, moving forward in an indefinable speed in time and space.
The performance will be an invitation to a shared experience of the fragile self, a self that is gazing at its own gaze, staring at its own stare, perceiving its own perception, unsettled by its own borderlessness in the blue light of empathy.
The performance “Blind Spotting”(2014) has an original a cast of 8 dancers. The “Blind Spotting Performance Seri" born out of the original “Blind Spotting” performance includes at this point; Blind Spotting- film version (47 minutes long artistic film by Antoine Verbièse created out of the performance and available for screening), the duet performance “Spotted”(2014) and the solo installation performance “In the Blind Spot”(premiere 2015). All the pieces stand alone but can as well be performed as double or triple bills.
Direction/Choreography/Costumes:Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir
Music by: Peter Rehberg
Light design: Andreas Harder
Set design: Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir/Andreas Harder
Development of concept: Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir/Angela Schubot
Performed by: Annie Kay Dahlström, Louise Dahl, Catherine Jodoin, Laura Siegmund, Angela Schubot, Suet-Wan Tsang, Marie Ursin, Rodrigo Vilarinho
Advice: Anja Röttgerkamp, Thomas Schaupp.
Production: Björn&Björn, Gabi Beier.
Blind Spotting-film version: Antoine Verbiése
Photography: David Kiers
Co-producers: Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, Wilderness Residencies project of the Nordic-Baltic contemporary dance community keðja, Co-Production by Slingan: Atalante Gothenburg, Dansstationen Malmö, MDT. Life Long Burning cultural programm of the European Union 2013-2018 and the Cullberg Ballet dance company in Stockholm.
Residency support: Wilderness Residencies project of the Nordic-Baltic contemporary dance community keðja, Tanzfabrik Berlin and Advancing Performing Arts Project (APAP) production studio berlin.
“The quality is not just produced by that age old playing with the gaze. There is also a slowness, seemingly born of an endless exhaustion; the infernal silence from which Peter Rehberg's music is created and of course the quality is produced by the Icelandic choreographer Margrét Sara Gudjónsdóttir's movement art, like a puppet hanging from a string”.
Arnd Wesemann, tanz, 08/2014
“Again and again we see exhausted bodies, retreating within themselves. There is hardly communication between the protagonists. Each one going their toilsome way. Everyone is exhausted. It is in this weakness of the human body where the choreographer searches for the body's strength and she succeeds, by parading this weakness, without any one secret, in the bright light […] Blind Spotting makes a mirror out of the public and out of the actors in which they mutually look at themselves for three quarters of an hour."
Aura Cumita, Neue Deutche presse, 16.06.2014