Shadows of Tomorrow
Shadows of Tomorrow is a reworking of Ingri Fiksdal’s production BAND from 2012. With Shadows of Tomorrow Fiksdal wants to create the immersive experience of a psychedelic concert, but only through moving bod- ies and light. There is no music to be heard. The work investigates the potential for kinesthetic transference between performers and audience, and the latent contamination in mass-movement.
The performance lends its title from a track on the Madvillain album Madvillainy by Madlib and MF Doom, who are key gures within the genre of psychedelic hip-hop. Psychedelic hip-hop is characterized by complex sample-based beats, often obscure material, and abstract lyrics lled with unconventional references. Shadows of Tomorrow is originally a Sun Ra poem, and the Madvillain track also samples the cosmic head-trip of a Sun Ra movie Space is the Place from 1974.
The performance Shadows of Tomorrow draws from psychedelic hip-hop in its choreographic material and composition. Multiple beats move through and between the bodies in space to create numerous rhythmical layers. The light design acts as an intensifier of the experience and creates additional movement and rhythm through the play with multi-colored shadows on all four walls of the performance space.
Choreography Ingri Fiksdal
Light design Ingeborg Olerud
Performers: BA students from London Contemporary Dance School
Producer: Nicole Schuchardt
Administrator Eva Grainger
Photo: Anders Lindén
Supported by The Norwegian Arts Council and The Norwegian Artistic Research Program. Thanks to Skolen for Samtidsdans.
Ingri Fiksdal (1982) works as a choreographer and is currently a Research Fellow at the Norwegian Artistic Research Program. Her work deals with perception and affect, and places equal emphasis on sound, light, choreography, costume and set-design within a performance. The audience is always integral to the performances, which aim to create the potential for
immersion to occur. An on-going theme within Fiksdal’s work is the ritual and its inherent capacity of transforming and ultimately transcending its partakers. Within this, the relation between cognition and affectivity and how they operate in perception and production of meaning, is central. Her most recent productions STATE (2016), Shadows of Tomorrow (2016),Cosmic Body (2015), HOODS (2014), BAND (2013), Night Tripper (2012) and The Orchard Ballads (2011) have toured to a number of venues in Norway, Europe, the US and China.
Several of the productions are made with performer Pernille Holden, scenographer Signe Becker and composer Ingvild Langgård. Night Tripper won the Oslo Award for Best Performance in 2012, and HOODS won the Dance Critic Award for best performance in 2014. Cosmic Body (Signe Becker, Mia Melinder and Tilo Hahn) was nominated to Heddaprisen 2016 (Norwegian National Theatre Award) for Best scenography and costume.
Ingri Fiksdal is supported by apap – Performing Europe 2020, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Ingri Fiksdal receives base funding from the Norwegian Arts Council.