June 17–20. Water @ Weld. Solo: A Dog Called Drama

A Dog Called Drama
– Solo by and with Pontus Pettersson

In the spring of 2020, Pontus started playing the accordion, a solitary practice and vibrational endeavor, both spiritually and physically. The accordion can be seen as the motion of waves and breath, a perpetual drive. A lonesome traveler and the wind’s melancholic despair.

His first solo in seven years, ’A Dog Called Drama’ can be seen as the research of ’All Departures Are Waves’ cast in singular form through his own history, practice, and dance.
This work has many sources of inspiration, but to name a few; ‘In the solitude of Cotton Fields’ by the French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès, the concept of ‘Deep Listening’ by American composer Pauline Olivieros. The novel Aqua Viva by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector.

If the performance has a shadow, it will lead us to a male figure, yet, like wet paint it moves with gravity, becoming material, far from an image. At night, when the shadows dance in the absence of the sun – sounds like vibrations, a wavy sphere is created from which the calling of the ocean is imagined, conjuring the past to move forward.

Choreography, text, set and costume: Pontus Pettersson

Water @ Weld is co-produced by Weld and MARC with support by the Swedish Arts Council

Pontus Pettersson
is a Swedish artist and choreographer based in Stockholm. Working in the expanded field of choreography and contemporary dance. Pettersson’s artistic work is a mix of practices and genres, where text, objects, sculptures, and choreographic instructions are always a part of the whole piece. Applying choreography into everything he does, his work goes from installation work, poetry, and fountains to object making, cat practicing, and dancing. Pontus received his dance training at the danish national school of performing arts and holds a masters degree in choreography from Stockholm University of the Arts and one in Fine Arts from Konstfack. He is an affiliated artist of Weld and MARC. Besides his artist work he initiated and curates the participatory, movement based platform Delta together with Izabella Borzecka and the dance and performance festival My Wild Flag together with Karina Sarkissova.

Due to Covid-19, we carry out our public events with a limited audience, safe distances and follow the public health authority’s recommendations.

Weld is supported by Stockholms stad, the Swedish Arts Council and Region Stockholm