A project with a dancer, a black space, a mirror – and a camera
A project with a dancer, a black space, a mirror – and a camera. A project by a photographer who wanted to explore the body's movements – by observing, staging and provoking a dancer.
Curiosity gave rise to a number of timeless questions to the body:How does a movement arise? What is the movement's nucleus? Can the movement go over into a state? Can such a state dissolve the body's – and the ego's identity? And most important: How does the body create the space – and conquer it?
1. The body meets the space
The woman rests in the body. The body, which unfolds itself in the space – in movements which have not yet received form.
2. The body defines the space
The woman dances classical ballet – "The Arabian Dance" from The Nutcracker. The camera moves around the body's space: From in front, from behind and from the side. The nudity cleanses the movements of ballet's fixed aesthetics – and transfers the woman's own dawning sensuality to the dance.
3. The body challenges the space
The body breaks out of the classical movements and the woman forms her very own expressions. Outbursts of feeling take off in a foot, a shoulder, a neck… The goal of the energy each time is a new place out in the space. Or inside the space. The space becomes delimited – and challenged.
4. The body conquers the space
In the mirror the body is confronted with itself. The body sees in – the woman sees out. The senses explode. The eyes open wide and the body splits into astonishment. The woman sees her own transformation. Is she the body, or is the body her? In the look the dream unfolds, while the moment stands still. The body has conquered the space.
Born in Copenhagen in 1945.
Exhibitions and projects
1966 Galleri 13, Copenhagen
1969 “Maurice Bejart”, Les Halles, Paris
1970 “Romeo and Juliette”, Stockholm Opera
1971 “Messe pour les Temps Presents”, West Berlin Opera
1972 “Triumph of Death”, Royal Theater, and at I’Institut Français, Copenhagen
1978 “Romeo and Juliette”, Royal Theater, Copenhagen
1980 “Body Movement Dance”, Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen; “New York City Ballet”, Tivoli, Copenhagen
1981 “Corps Mouvement Danse”, La Maison du Danemark, Paris, and at Hotel de Ville de Rennes, France; “The Firebird”, Royal Theater, Copenhagen
1982 “Corps Mouvement Danse”, Museum of Fine Art Andre Malraux, Le Havre, France; “Pictures in Movement – A Danish Touch of Dancing”, part of “Scandinavia Today”, Kennedy Center, Washington DC and at Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis and
Kennedy Library, Los Angeles; “Ballet Bogen”, photo book published by Gyldendal, Copenhagen
1983 “Corps Mouvement Danse”, First international Festival of Dance Films, Sables d’Olonne, France; “Alvin Ailey”, Tivoli, Copenhagen; “Ballet I Tivoli”, photo book published by Borgen, Copenhagen; “New York City Ballet”, Magasin du Nord, Copenhagen; “A la Recherche du Mouvement – Chorégraphes et Danseurs au Travail”, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1984 “The Tracing of Movement”, Utrecht Spring Festival and Amsterdam; realization of the project “Dans I Norden”, with scholarship from The Nordic Council
1985 Scholarship from Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilaeumsfond to study Butoh in Japan for two months
1986 “Coming Soon” (Butoh), Blomsten, Copenhagen; “The Tracing of Movement”, West Berlin Opera
1987 “Faces of Butoh”, Krasnapolsky, Copenhagen
1988 “Skandinavisk Ballet”, photo book published by Bonniers, Copenhagen
1989 One month in Cuba for Cuba ballet
1990 Member of the International Jury of EuroCreation, Paris
1991 “Butoh – Dansens Ansigter”, Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen
1992 Exhibition and performance: “Krop l Erobret Rum”, Gammel Dok, Copenhagen – the exhibition was selected by the Danish Ministry of Culture to participate in a program of cultural exchange between the European countries and shown at Foundation of the Danish Academy in Venezia, Italy
1993 “Corps dans un Espace Conquis”, Centre Borschette, Bruxelles; “Body in Conquered Space”, Baltic Center of Culture, Gdansk and Stettin, Poland
1994 “Body in Conquered Space”, Krakow, Poland; “Body in Conquered Space”, book with photos from the exhibition, text by A. Flindt Christensen and H.S. Møller, published by Per Kofod Forlag
1995 “Body in Conquered Space”, Madrid and Barcelone, Spain; group show: “Dansk Design Aktuelt”, Sophienholm Museum
1996 “Body in Conquered Space” representing Denmark at Mois de la Photo, Paris
1997 “Jazz Veterans” photo book w/ text by Chip Deffaa published in New York
1998 “Body in Conquered Space” has been shown in Riga, Vilnius, Kleipeda, and Tallin as a cultural exchange package with Danish design and architecture; “Swinging Silver” in Gallery Tactus
1999 “Body in Conquered Space”, Reykjavik
2000 “Body in Conquered Space”, Galway Arts Centre; “Jazz Giants Past & Present” Øksnehallen Copenhagen; “Body in Conquered Space”, Nordic House Faroe Islands
2001 “Pasado y Presente de Sonny Rollins” during the International Jazz Festival in Ezcaray, Spain; “Jazz Giants Past & Present”, Tallin Jazzfestival; representing Denmark in Rigas culture month; “Dans – Dans – Dans”, på Munkeruphus, Denmark; “Body in Conquered Space”, Collyer – Bristow gallery, London
2002 “Jazz Giants Past & Present”, Birstonas, Kaunas, Klaipeda, and Vilnius
2003 Butoh Faces of Dance, Copenhagen Butoh Festival; “Body in Conquered Space”, Poznan, Poland