(headbang) is a two headed medusa
( ) is a certain touch
( ) is Heavy
(headbang) is headbanging
( ) is a total collapse - falling - trespassing through each other - cross-pollinating
(headbang) is an intimate romantic gesture
( ) is a fluid-bond - committed to breaking barrier
(headbang) is an investigation on the traces we leave on each other, on a society and our planet
- long strokes, long left traces, long after they are gone.
(headbang) is filthy, fallen angels refusing the patriarchy of the male god
(headbang) is holding hands, or holding your hair when you throw up
(headbang) is entering secrecy, whispering gossip
(headbang) is a slippery slope
( ) is an ecstatic slow mover
(headbang) is a space-embrace
( ) is landing from outer space and growing infinite
(headbang) is a RÅ
(headbang) is two dancers situated in a large transparent cube and a live musician with her full drum set.
They engage with each other’s rhythms. The musician flows through a wave of whispers, strong percussions, loops and screams. The dancers are banging their heads. Later they transform into slugs, intimate whippers, into stain-makers.
Together the performers bring in discourses around witches, vulnerability, and care through practices that are usually connoted with the more masculine dominated heavy-metal scene. They invite the audience into a space of grief, celebration and ecstasy.
(headbang) had premiere september 2021 at Skogen, Masthuggsterassen in Gothenburg. It played at Fylkingen in Stockholm september 2022 and then at Inkonst, Malmö -December 2022.
(headbang) is around 50 minutes long.
Dancers, choreographers and concept: Elisabeth Raymond and Charlie Laban Trier // Musician and composer: Josefin Runsteen // Light design and technique: Peter Widell // Costume designer: Kristin Bergman // Set designer: Oskar Gustafsson
Support: SKOGEN, Konstnärsnämnden, Göteborgs kulturnämnd, Svensk-danska fonden, Jacuzzi - Amsterdam, Konstepidemin, Stockholms stad
Thank you: Niklas Niki Blomberg, Raoni Muzho Saleh, Elina Birkehag, Fredrik Glahns
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Charlie Laban Trier (he/him) born in Denmark 1987, is a dancer and choreographer. He’s based between Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Graduated from SNDO/AHK, 2018. He’s a member of Jacuzzi – an artist-run space in Amsterdam where dance/performance and other time-based media swim together. His dance background stems mainly from dances connected to house music. Being in different queer scenes and living as a transgender-person, is further a big Teacher in his thinking and approach to work. Charlie thinks of dance as a slippery matter, and also as a joker that can inhabit many forms/images all in the same instance – seducing its viewers while gently/cheekily slide out of shape. He’s interested in spaces, concepts that aren’t trouble-free, where nothing is innocent and we therefore all have to deal with the complications of participation, but also every-body’s responsibility for disrupting stability.
Josefin Runsteen is a Swedish multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer and arranger. She was raised classical violinist, and in her teens she started exploring more instruments and genres, touring with some of the greatest Scandinavian popacts such as Ane Brun, Håkan Hellström, Jens Lekman, Loney Dear, Anna Järvinen and later on also international acts; Damien Rice, Feist and Frank Ocean. On the jazz scene she plays regularly with bands such as Fire! Orchestra, Mats Gustafsson and Mariam the Believer, amongst others. 2017 she was violin soloist with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the Polar Music Prize Ceremony, and besides that she has played with dozens of Classical orchestras in Scandinavia, both as percussionist as well as vocalist and violinist. 2019 she won Swedish National Radio’s prestigious award ”Jazzkatten”- in the category “Newcomer of the Year 2019” and 2021 she was granted with Konstnärsnämndens 10-year grant for working artists. August 2020 she released an improvised duoalbum called ”Thank God the Plague is Over” with the Canadian Nyckelharpist Charles Spearin (Feist, Broken Social Scene) and in 2021 she released a soundtrack composed to the Butohdancer FRAUKEs performance ”Hana- Three Bodies”.
elieli(Elisabeth Raymond), is a choreographer and multidisciplinary artist navigating through a field of entanglement, connection and un-rootedness. They are working with scores of mapping and listening to the gentle pushes of bodies; bodies as in landscapes, bodies as in matter, bodies as in beings- how one thing is never separate from another. Their work can be experienced through performances, workshops, writings, films and installations. 2019 they graduated from SNDO (School for New Dance Development – Amsterdam University of Arts) with a bachelor in choreography. They are an in-house artist at ”SKOGEN, Masthuggsterassen” and part of the art-collective ”Glada Sprutan” as well as Fylkingen in Stockholm.