Manège (riding arena, training) is a format where artists, performers, theoreticians, riders and choreographers together engage in a multi-layered public event where questions about control, intimacy and ethics in relation to dressage, and dressaging, of horses and humans, are being investigated.
Performances , lectures and an exhibition are interweaving in order to create a situation for sharing and learning through the encounter with art and discourses around the topic of dressage.
“Humans break themselves in (se dressent) like animals. They learn to hold themselves. Dressage can go a long way: as far as breathing, movements, sex. It bases itself on repetition. One breaks-in another human living being by making them repeat a certain act, a certain gesture or movement.”
“In the course of their being broken-in, animals work. Of course, they do not produce an object, be it with a machine, a technique, or with their limbs. Under the imperious direction of the breeder or the trainer, they produce their bodies, which are entered into social, which is to say human, practice. The bodies of broken-in animals have a use-value.”
Henri Lefebvre Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life. London: Continuum, 2004.
Manège is a collaboration between Marabouparken art gallery and Stockholm University of the Arts/Department of Dance. Curated by Marie Fahlin, PhD in performative and mediated practices.
Weld Company and Anna Koch
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Photo: Nicklas Dennermalm