Undertone by Sidney Leoni (FR) Nov 5th-6th

5th of November at 7 pm
6th of November at 7 pm and 9 pm
Tickets: ordinary 120 kr , students 80 kr
Booking: info@weld.se

Undertone is an abstract negotiation of what the future potential of fiction and sensory stimulation in a theatre space can be. Stemming from an interest to remove spectatorship and destabilize known ways of “watching” performances, Undertone invites the audience in a complete dark theatre space to attend, that is, tend to and ex-tend the percepts that they would undergo and sensations they would plug-into the space. In total darkness, an orchestration of fictional spaces originated by: touch/physical encounters, olfactory movements, partial body prosthesis, temperature’s fluctuations and 3-D soundscapes, will be what creates a ground where audience and performers become active members of a collective event.

Our research time at Weld will be based on a practice driven by the sensation and the experience that our interactive bodies and other immaterial sensory devices could produce. By deviating the focus from usual compositional aspect, sensation becomes the main material of our performance. “Sensation” is here understood, as the dance theoretician Bojana Cvejic proposes, “as a concept of performing a difference in intensity that produces an event and is at the same time the object which the event makes sensible.” The material of performing unfolds then as a process of «becoming » as “embodying movement in duration, as opposed to a series of bodily configurations or images”.

Concept and choreography: Sidney Leoni, developed together with Marcus Doverud, Manon Santkin, Luís Miguel Félix, Andros-Zins Browne and Guests. Sound designer: Peter Lenaerts / Technique: Nick Symons  / Production management: Andreas Skjönberg /Perfumer: Laurent David Garnier

Project supported by Konstnärsnämnden, the Swedish Arts Grant Committee ; Cullberg Ballet ; Jardin d´Europe ; 4Culture Association – Explore Dance Festival (Bucharest) ; Tanzhaus nrw Düsserdolf ; Tanz Im August/Sommer.bar (Berlin) ; Weld ; Danshögskolan, University College of Dance ; Culture Programme of The European Union.


Sidney Leoni (Stockholm) works with dance and choreography, currently developing experiential projects that focus on the potential of sensory and participatory interrelations with an audience. Since 2005, he has carried out works in multiple forms mostly in Germany, Belgium, Sweden, France and Estonia. In 2008/09, he took part of the Master Program Research In Choreography at the University college of Dance in Stockholm and in 2004/06 as part of the Master Program Research in Dance at the University Sophia Antipolis in Nice.
Sidney has collaborated with choreographer Mette Ingvartsen (for Giant City – 2009/10), Andros Zins-Browne (for The Host – 2010/11) and Mychoreography (2008/10).  He is currently involved in a new collaborative project performance with Luís Miguel Félix (Pt) untitled War of Fictions (2011).

Manon Santkin (Brussels) graduated from P.A.R.T.S in 2004. Since 2003, Manon has involved herself in the creation of projects as a dancer, performer, collaborator as well as mentor and assistant. She has collaborated regularly with choreographer Mette Ingvartsen (Manual focus , Out of Order , To Come , Why we love action , Where is my privacy, Giant City ). Since 2005, she has also worked regularly with Salva Sanchis ( Double trio , Variations in G , Still live , Objects in mirror are closer then they appear , + new creation 2011 ) and dances in the piece At large of Eleanor Bauer. Manon is also the initiator of the project By-product, a collaboration with choreographer/dancer Leslie Mannès and fashion designer Jennifer Defays.(www.by-product.be).

Luís Miguel Félix (Porto/Berlin) avoids working towards production and searches for new ways of visibility. Cooperation and shared processes have been key words in his research. He is currently touring with the piece Blue by Juan Dominguez and Low Pieces by Xavier Le Roy. Still during this year he will start working on three new creations, Undertone and War of fictions with Sidney Leoni and The Agora Project by Jan Ritsema. Luís attended the educational program ex.e.r.ce 2008 directed by Xavier Le Roy at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, in which context he conceived the online project wedance visible at: www.youtube.com/user/wedodance. In the context of the 2009 edition of the Festival In-presentable, Luís participated in the research and performed the following projects: Transformers by Eszter Salamon, We are not superficial we love penetration by Thiago Granato, Infiltrations by Neto Machado and To Contemplate by Xavier Le Roy.

Marcus Doverud (Stockholm) is working as a performer, theoretician and chef in the field of dance and performance. He moves between different stages dealing with Bodily, Spatial and Sonic utterances and their interrelations. He has in 2008-2009 been part of the Master Program of Contemporary Aesthetics at the Institution for Culture and Communication at Södertörn University College and in 2002-2006 a part of the Mime Program at National Academy of Mime and Acting in Stockholm. He is a current member of the International Performance Exchange (www.inpex.se), an NGO supported by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Marcus has been collaborating and performing with choreographers such as Rasmus Ölme, Sidney Leoni, International Festival, Mårten Spångberg, Maija Hirvanen and Ana Koch. With his own stage works he has been touring in multiple venues in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Austria.

Andros Zins-Browne (Brussels) attended his dance studies in Belgium at P.A.R.T.S where he made five pieces which have toured internationally.  In 2007 he co-created The Kansas City Shuffle an audience-participatory performance based on the Black Market.  In 2008 he premiered Neverland, a video installation performed by a professional Michael Jackson impersonator, as well as Second Life, a piece which involved elderly amateur performers.  He performed in the works of Jonathan Burrows in The Stop Quartet and Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen in Giant City in 2009.   In 2010 he premiered The Host, a collaboration with German sculptor Stefan Demming, and performers Sidney Leoni and Jaime Llopis.  For 2010-2011 he will be a researching artist in the fine arts department at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht.