MA Choreography 22: Stella Kruusamägi - The Ritual of Itla
We are inviting you to come and witness the Ritual of Itla.
In the ritual, the two bodies as mediums are evoking the spirit of Itla. It is believed that if the ritual is performed in the right environment, Itla can appear with its all essence. Itla may appear in the body as a creature, in the voice, in an object, in space, in the energy, or in the sound. Itla is an energy that travels around from one medium to another, it is mysterious and unpredictable. This ritual is performed because it is believed to function as a liberation that investigates bodily and psychological memories that we have stored in ourselves. It is a tool to evoke the oppressed states that exist in our subconscious.
In order for Itla to appear, we need witnesses who could support this ritual with their presence.
Author, ritual performer: Stella Kruusamägi
Co-author, ritual performer and sound: Andrea Diaz Ghiretti
Mentors: Iggy Malmborg and Juanma González
Sound mentor: Panos Giotis
Stella Kruusamägi is a Stockholm-based artist-performer, born in Viljandi, Estonia. She has a performing arts and dance background and she is currently finishing her master's studies at the Stockholm University of the Arts.
Stella has a deep interest in exploring different mediums and forms such as rituals, body art, performance art, video art, sound art, and installation. Her deep interest puzzles around exploring bodily and mental limitations to understand how to invoke the psychological states of the oppressed subconsciousness.
Andrea Diaz is a Stockholm-based artist, born in Lima, Perú. She has been a dancer and a circus artist and she has a deep love for physical theatre practices. Currently, She is engaged in a master's education in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Stockholms University of the Arts.
Andrea is watering art processes made out of sounds, movements, and places that listen and are listened to. Her roots come from the sound-art spatial boundaries from the circus and dance background and she works with them in a malleable way depending on the context it is placed, considering site-specificity as a strong foundation for its expansion.
Iggy Malmborg is a performance maker based in Malmö. Though a formation in traditional acting (the Theatre Academy of Malmö) his pieces span over a wide range of aesthetics and styles, both solo and collaborative work.
His main artistic interest is to use the performance event as a model to which the piece's discourse directly can be applied. By using strategies that can be compared to minimalism, he sheds light on the politics of theatre and reads it as a hierarchical machine with (unconscious) patterns of inclusion and exclusion. Over the years Malmborg's works have gained international recognition and been celebrated for presenting a complex intellectual discourse in a concrete way, filled with humor and warmth.
Juanma González lives and works in Stockholm. He graduated with a MFA from Royal Institute of Stockholm in 2016. He also holds a BA in Media from Universidad Europea de Madrid, 1999.
He uses walking as a method for making art inspired by ancestral rituals as pilgrimage. His body of work spans both experimental and traditional practices, including drawing, photography, site-specific installations, performance, built circuits, and art interventions. Co-founder of Flat Octopus, an artist-run collective started in 2019.
Panos Giotis “Svobotnik”
Panos Giotis “Svobotnik” is a musician, composer and sound designer/engineer based in Athens (GR).
With a deep interest in the wide spectrum of improvisational and experimental music he has collaborated with numerous established musicians and music ensembles in Greece, Germany and Spain during the last years (Hippomaniacs, Ceramic Pig, Desperate Measures, Svobotnik Quartet, Blue John & The Steamboats, Cactus Quartet, Sun Electric Dopperman, Iyalu Afrobeat Orchestra among others). His influences and compositions range from various branches of black music, jazz, blues as well as free improvisation, often with a lyrical, cinematic mood.
In parallel, there is a deep interest in more soundscape/ambient and noise-oriented music with the use of guitars, synthesizers and effects. He has composed and performed music for contemporary dance (Iceberg, Tundra) and theater. In parallel, he is working as an audio engineer, mixer and producer, mixing/producing a number of albums of various music genres.
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MA Choreography 2022: What can choreography be and do?
This event is part of the showings of the MA Choreography degree projects of 2022 at SKH and WELD 10-22 May.
Please join us at both Weld and SKH Brinellvägen 58 to launch careers, celebrate spring, be together in difficult times and wonder about the future of art.
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