Talking & Props, October 19-30

Danny Neyman, Tova Gerge, Uri Turkenich, Marika Troili, Bogdan Szyber, Mette Edvardsen and invited guests

Talking & Props is a festival focusing on language as material and on material as language. On states where the fictive becomes real and where what could be seen as truth is found to be theatre. Narratives are stretched into everyday documentaries and poetics. It is a question of a language appearing out of loneliness, within dialogue and in the public. A leaking language, a resisting language that brings us together, a language yet to be articulated.

The festival collects three performances, a research based presentation, a workshop, a method and a speaking choir.   

Talking & Props is an affirmation of verbal and performative expressions and is formulated as a pendant to Weld Company´s ”No talking & No props”. It can be seen as the first try to include that which is not so often presented within the context of Weld.

Could we build a body out of a sentence?
What is the meaning and how is the meaning to be pronounced?
Could we wait for it?

"Talking& Props – the method" is an open event that frames the festival and s taking place in the foyer of Weld 30 minutes before the performances.

 
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PROGRAM


All days of the festival

Talking & Props – a method

You remember it, the object. It reminds you of having been in contact with another human. It resonates as you remember it. It affects and leads further on. What does the object do with you? Notice this relation and tell someone about it, what happens when somebody else pronounces such a presence?

This method prolongs the theme of the festival. It catalyses every scheduled day in the foyer of Weld, to later be collected in the last event of Talking & Props, on October 30. Then, the festival ends with the try to reach a shared consciousness, where each of our thoughts on objects builds a common one. Before the night is over, we gather around these immaterial multiple functions, and pose ourselves the question: what does it do with us?

Invited guests: Erik Bryngelsson, Pablo Lapuente Tiana,Mariana Suikkanen Gomes, Haroon Natan, Tove Salmgren,Moa Franzén, Jonas Hammarbäck, Paloma Madrid, Maja Hammarén, Ellen Söderhult and akcg

Concept: Weld / Frida Sandström and Anna Koch

When: 19/10, 6.30 pm – 7pm + 28/10, 6.30 pm – 7pm  + 29/10, 6.30 pm – 7pm + 30/10, 2.30 pm – 3pm.
Final: 30/10, 6pm. (Dinner is served 5 pm – 6 pm).    

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OPENING PERFORMANCE

October 19
7 pm

Helsinki

By Danny Neyman (BE)

Helsinki is a spoken word performance that tries to reconsider what realism, self-expression, and documentary theatre could mean in a life that is increasingly marked by the dissolution of coherence, focus and ground, and in which fantasy has come to be acknowledged as the true ground of "the real". One voice navigates through a swarm of stray sentences and fractured narratives that have been collected from within and without everyday life over a year long period. Documentary and confessional texts give way to fiction, science and poetry, the intimate is mixed in vertigo with the colossal and the subject of utterances is constantly sliding. Voices speak of Japan, bananas, the colour blue, nose picking, and the end of the world. Of how to be authentic, of how to be radical, of the anatomy of eyes, of moths, libraries, circles, childhood memories of the sea, medieval heart-burial practices, racism, dicks, and coffee. It is a portrait of an impersonal intimacy and a concrete abstraction of a contemporary sense of disorientation.

Everything: Danny Neyman
Financial Support: Nobody
Research Support: a.pt/a.pass (Brussels)
Residencies: BUDA Kortrijk, STUK Leuven

Danny Neyman is a performance artist and writer, a dancer, and a pirate psychoanalyst. He has a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Literature from Tel Aviv University and a post-master's in performance studies with a.pt/a.pass (Brussels). He was a founding member of the Tel Aviv based queer performance collective Cinema Paradildo and has worked with Yasmeen Godder, Arkadi Zaides, Public Movement, Noam Partom and Mette Ingvartsen. He lives and works in Antwerp, Tel Aviv and Paris.

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October 22
1-3 pm
Workshop: Love Stories
With Tova Gerge (SE), Uri Turkenich (IL/DE) och Marika Troili
In English

Entrance free!
Reservation: book.weld.se

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October 28 – 29
7 pm 

Where Were We
Tova Gerge & Uri Turkenich, with the support of Marika Troili

Speaking is not only about the words; it is also about the performance of speaking. With ”performance” we do not only mean the gestures, melody and meaningful pauses of speech, but also that there is a performative aspect of speaking. Through speaking, something comes into being. Speaking honestly, being in the moment with speech, can give life to things that we didn’t know existed before, or give words to things unspoken, or open up deep territories in and in between us. We explore these territories. We speak of moments, which are capturing for us. We perform the beauty in honesty. Honestly.

Choreography & performance: Tova Gerge & Uri Turkenich, with the support of Marika Troili. Co-produced by Skogen. With residency at c.off and Weld. With support by The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Tova Gerge is a performer, writer and project manager active primarily in the fields of theatre and dance. Her artistic interests often concern questions of power, body politics and subversive intimacy. The last five years, she has worked with interdisciplinary performances in Sweden and internationally. Among other things, she is a member of the performing arts collective Nyxxx (see nyxxx.se), exploring different aspects of voice-induced choreography and audience participation.

Uri Turkenich is a choreographer, writer and artist. He graduated from the MA program for Choreography at DOCH Stockholm under the direction of Mårten Spångberg. Since then he was working as a performer in various projects and curating art-events and conferences. In his own works he is concerned with notions of history, change and desire. Around these notions he makes art-works alone and in various collaborations and encourages a development of discourses.

Visual artist Marika Troili’s work often samples, tweaks, repeats, and revisits the distinguishing yet evasive discursive elements of the contemporary late capitalism and its concrete matters. She intersects fiction and reality in process-based and/or speculative installation, objects, video, text and performances.

Lightdesign: Sofie Andersson

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October 29, 1 pm – 3 pm

The sentence

To collide or to slightly shift; meetings overlap as negotiations. Thus the meaning emerges – in relation to the other. The sentence is a proposal to meet in between meanings – to write them anew. In the division between the individual and the common, two persons share a meaning. Crashing within differences, they await a single sentence. 

Finally, we pronounce a meaning

Together

The sentence is a proposal for writing in dialogue and in speaking choir

Concept: Weld / Frida Sandström and Anna Koch

Reservation: book.weld.se

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October 30, 11 am – 5 pm (at the city library Odengatan 73)

Time Has Fallen Asleep in the Afternoon Sunshine – Mette Edvardsen

For ‘Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine’ a group of people/ performers memorize a book of their choice. Together they form a library collection consisting of living books. The books are passing their time in a library, sitting in chairs, walking around, talking together, looking out of the window, reading in paper-books from the shelves, ready to be consulted by a visitor. The visitors of the library choose a book they would like to read, and the book brings its reader to a place or setting in the library, in the cafeteria, or for a walk outside, while reciting its content (and possibly valid interpretations).

The idea for this library of living books comes from the science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451. It is a future vision of a society where books are forbidden because they are considered dangerous, that happiness must be obtained through an absence of knowledge and individual thought. The number 451 refers to the temperature at which book paper starts to burn. As books are forbidden in this society an underground community of people learn books by heart in order to preserve them for the future.

Performers/books: Sebastien Hendrickx / "Four Quartets" by T.S. Eliot, Staffan Eek / "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury/ Mette Edvardsen / "I am a Cat” by Soseki Natsume
Concept: Mette Edvardsen | Production: Mette Edvardsen / Athome
& Manyone vzw | Production assistant: Maya Wilsen

The work of Mette Edvardsen is situated within the performing arts field, also exploring other media or other formats such as video, books and writing. She is based in Brussels and develop projects with other artists, both as acollaborator and as a performer.

Concept: Mette Edvardsen, production assistant: Maya Wilsens, production: Mette Edvardsen/ Athome & Manyone vzw co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), DanceUmbrella (London), Dubbelspel – STUK Kunstencentrum & 30CC (Leuven) supported by: Norsk Kulturråd, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Fond for UtUtøvende Kunstnere, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Flemish Authorities. special thanks to: Kaaitheater (Brussels), Bibliothèque royale de Belgique/Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Brussels), Sarah Vanhee, Helga Duchamps
title: "Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine" is a sentence from a book by Alexander Smith appearing in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953).

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October 30, 3 – 4.30 pm

FAUXTHENTICATION – Bogdan Szyber

In FAUXTHENTICATION, a presentation of an intersectional artistic research project, Bogdan Szyber analyses the cross-sections between pressures for academic excellence and the fraud of the higher education industry fuelled by the work of the digital global proletariat, incorporating relations of authorization, language, discourses on class, gender, and the global digital economy. Academia, generally considered as one of the noble fields and its champions motivated by the quest for the pursuit of knowledge, is nevertheless filled with fraud, plagiarism and cheating.

Bogdan Szyber has worked with different hybrids within the realm of performance and site-specific art since 1983. In several medias, he has worked in a close collaboration with Carina Reich. He is now enrolled within the research project “The Viral Stage” at Stockholm University of the Arts.

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Wednesday 19/10

  • 6.30 pm – 7 pm: Talking & props – a Method
  • 7 pm – 8 pm:  Helsinki (Danny Neyman)

 

           Saturday 22/10

  • 1 pm – 3 pm: Love stories – a workshop lead by Tova Gerge and Uri Turkenich

 

Friday 28/10

  • 6.30 pm – 7 pm: Talking & props – a Method
  • 7 pm – 8 pm: Where Were We (Tova Gerge & Uri Turkenich, with the support of Marika Troili)

 

Saturday 29/10

  • 11 am – 5 pm: Time Has Fallen Asleep in the Afternoon Sunshine (Mette Edvardsen) Nb. at the city library
  • 1 pm – 3 pm: The sentence – a speaking choir
  • 6.30 pm – 7 pm: Talking & props” – a Method
  • 7 pm – 8 pm: Where Were We (Tova Gerge & Uri Turkenich, with the support of Marika Troili)

 

          Sunday 30/10

  • 11 pm – 5 pm: Time Has Fallen Asleep in the Afternoon Sunshine (Mette Edvardsen) Nb. at the city library
  • 2.30 pm – 3 pm: Talking & props – a Method
  • 3 pm – 4.30 pm: FAUXTHENTICATION (Bogdan Szyber)
  • 5 pm – 6 pm: Dinner
  • 6 pm: Talking & Props – The final

 

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Talking – the conversation, an articulation, the will to pass over, a rapture, a surrender in the state that brings us together and which simultaneously helps us to sustain as singular individuals in society.  

The prop – the object to be sold, bought or felt and sensed. What creates further sensations within ourselves or what can be used to bring a story further. It might be an immaterial construction. 

How is presence constituted within a conversation and what agency comes out of such a practice? Are we ever in the same space as the one talking, and do we choose our own words? What is to be pronounced, what is talking and how do we listen?  

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Weld is supported by Stockholms stad, Statens kulturråd och Stockholms läns landsting