Strangers & Others
Invited to look, touch, assume and judge, the audience choose how to respond, placing themselves into lines, groups and pairs. Wearing headphones and witnessed only by the choreographers, they use appearance, physicality and behaviour as a guide to negotiate each other as they cooperate in silence. Immersed in light and sound the space of the theatre frames the questions; who takes responsibility and when do actions have consequences? In Strangers & Others Hanna and Heidi explore socialization, tolerance, autonomy and exposure.
Choreography and direction: Hanna Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard
Dramaturg: Martin Hargreaves
Music composition: Sylvia Hallett
Lighting design: Andy Hammond
Graphic design: Kaisa Lassinaro
Photo: Benedict Johnson
Funded by: Arts Council England, Arts Council Norway, Nordic Culture Fund, Region Värmland Sweden, Dance4 Nottingham UK and supported via South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence programme.
Co-production: Dance4, Laban Theatre and Metal UK, Nordic House Iceland, Region Värmland and Dansens Hus Sweden, Bergen Dansesenter and Liikelaituri Finland.
H2DANCE is choreographer/ performer duo Hanna Gillgren (SE) and Heidi Rustgaard (NO), working between Norway, Sweden and the UK since 1999. Their work sits in between performance and dance and can be characterised as interdisciplinary, often taking a humorous approach to serious subject matters. Hanna and Heidi have an ongoing fascination with meetings of differences, exploring ways in which we negotiate hierarchy, conformity, power and manipulation. Taking their own collaboration as a starting point, the work explores two distinct and different characters and voices co-existing, agreeing to disrupt each other during process and performance. Interested in deconstruction, breaking down the hierarchy between performers, light, set, sound and costume, their work is presented in and outside the black box, sometimes with Hanna and Heidi as performers, and other times in collaboration with professional dancers and amateurs. Their work is often informed by workshops and conversations with people of different ages and backgrounds, and these encounters influence and inform the ideas and aesthetics of the work.