In addition to text and scores from ”Cheating Discipline and Other Artistic Affairs” by Gry Tingskog, that was posted yesterday, we would like to share some archive material from the POSSE Gry hosted in September 2017. The text bits are from the first score ”Pt. 1 The Wikipedia Dancer” during the session. These are imagined, felt and written by Shiraz Amar, Gry Tingskog, Lisen Pousette and Klara Utke Acs – how far we managed in the session, that is. We hope the playfulness of this session shines through. Apart from being presented as a remain of work, we also hope it can work as an inspo to explore the dancers inside yall. If you don’t know how to put yourself into waterproof wear and get to the swimmingpool for the €L€M€NT$-episode on Feb 17th, you could write yourself a dancer and show up as this person instead.
Title: The dancer, Anna Lidström
Introduction: Anna Lidström is a 22 year old woman from Örebro, who moved to Stockholm when she was 18 to dance jazz and streetstyles at Balletakademien. Her favorite dance style is hip-hop/feminine vibe but she can master styles such as ballet and contemporary as well, and improvising is one of the skills she often impress others with. Lidström dresses in experimental streetsmart, a somewhat sexy and funky style, and has colored her hair bright red with black tip dye. Apart from getting accepted to the professional programme at Balettakademien, performing behind Sam White in melodifestivalen 2017 was the biggest moment in her dancing career – the intensity of performing live together with colleagues and friends in front of the massive audience in Friends arena.
Character description: Lidström is hard working but also allows herself to be lazy. She is social, talkative and also loves to sing. Still, she does not have any interest in becoming a musical artist since she considers the profession not artistic enough (i.e too cheerful and dorky). Rather, her artistic taste tends to embrace darker, more twisted or quirky elements. She is a big fan of Nicki Minaj and Rihanna and has created several choreographies to songs of them. Her choreographic style, similar to her improvisations, often include smooth and sensual qualities, with short and sudden interruptions (or pops) and move in between standing and floorwork.
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Title: The dancer, Yaniv Mizrahi
Introduction: Yaniv Mizrahi, born 1981 (age 36), is an Israeli dancer and performance artist. She is well known for her subtle performance style that makes it hard very hard for perceivers to tell if she is being highly occupied dealing with abstractions or if she is actually high (hashis, opiades). She especially gained public recognition from her interpretations and studies of dances written by choreographer, Noa Eshkol.
Character description: Mizrahi does not have very talkative nature. She spends most of her time zoning out or performing – or both. She is 167 cm tall and has a robust complexion. She often deals with pains in her lower back.
Training history: Yaniv Mizrahi is trained in the Eshkol-Wachman Movement notation system and also did her fair share of Gaga classes (People and Dance) but never managed to complete her teaching course in the technique/trademark.
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Title: The dancer, Elisabeth Point C’est Tout
Description: Elisabeth Point C’est Tout, 25 years old. 1.80 cm tall and skinny, blond hair perfect and 180 degrees turn out. The ideal Ballerina.
Early life and education: Studied in the conservatory of Paris since she was diagnosed in early embryological stage by the best doctors to become the new Sylvie Guillem of the 2000’s (until age 27 when she’ll tragically injure both of her knees, lower back, hip joint and Skelton due to over use).
Work and projects: graduated with excellence in the conservatory and started to star as “L’Etoile” in the Royal Ballet of Paris. Starred in a variety of ballet including the original reproductions of “Les Sylphides”, “La belle au bois dormment”, “Aladine” (starring as Yasmin) and more..
Body text: Elisabeth Point C’est Tout is a very skilled dancer but unfortunately is an apathetic performer who forgot why she even still doing this shit. Surprisingly she is a hard-working Ballerina, still trying to break the records of the most Pirouettes ever made. There is no logical explanation to this contradictory behavior but believing to the Fans Conspiracies which tells she is suffering from bipolar disorder from a young age.
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Title: The dancer, Saga
Description: Saga is a five year old dancer. She has very little hair, parts of her head bold. She is most famous for her outstanding performance in The return of the darkness, a dystopian musical piece which premiered in 2013. As she can’t sing, she lost her love for the spot light and has since been very interested in word puzzles and drinking coffee.
Saga used to be the youngest in her collaborations, and was thereby the one who brought the coffee. This coffee was usually sipped and then forgotten. In the intermission, Saga usually took a nap, finding comfort in the noise of a chatting theatre.
Saga grew up in a theatre. Her parents were performers, and usually performed expressive, passionate roles with impressive costumes. This made Saga unable to recognize them. Therefore, Saga considered the entire crew of the theatre her parents, giving the job to whichever character she found most suited at the moment.
Living at the theatre, Saga participated in a variety of training. She has usually participated in the corner of the studio, not wanting her learning process to get too much attention. Having watched a lot of performances she never liked or felt like doing herself, the different expressions are somewhat etched into her memory and now she is unable to dance without them appearing.
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