With Valerie Solanas as inspiration for her honest and vulgar expression I have choreographed scenes into a dance- and performance art piece that are based on true and angry stories from the dancers. In the piece we share our personal and real experiences from a serious but absurd and comical perspective. We re-embody and re-tell our stories in a genuin way to reveal taboos and truths that effects us women emotionally, and refer to artists dealing with evilness and witchcraft as Mary Wigman, Charles Manson and Burzum. The piece combines reality and fiction with a very cinematic aesthetic and theatrical performativity. It addresses many themes as the climate change, feminism and angriness in its many forms. Expressions such as dance, performance, speech, music and song are combined and narrated into an emotional dance-story.
Disapproval of emotional >>scenes<< leads to fear of strong emotion, fear of one's own anger and hatred. Fear of anger and hatred combined with a lack of self-confidence in one's ability to cope with and change the world, or even to affect in the slightest way one's own destiny, leads to a mindless belief that the world and most people in it are nice and the most banal, trivial amusements are great fun and deeply pleasurable.
- Valerie Solanas, SCUM Manifesto
November Uferstudios Tanzfabrik Berlin + artist talk
Dansens hus Karlskoga + artist talk
25 January 2020 Weld Stockholm
DOCH 11 Berlin
Premier Nya China Örebro City Theatre
Sjöängen Askersund + artist talk
Lindesberg gymnasium + artist talk
Dansens hus Stockholm "Late night" + mingle
Choreography Ellinor Ljungkvist
Dancers Amanda Billberg Ida Hellsten Miranda Wallmon Sonja-Riitta Laine
Video documentation Daniel Pherson
Fundings & partners
Angry Stories was possible to create because of Dance in Örebro Region and Nordic Cultural Point for production- and economic support and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee for cultural exchange, Örebro City Theatre Nya China, Sjöängen Askersund, Lindesberg commune and Dansens Hus for performance- and stage visibility, Turteatern for residence and workshop possibility, MDT for residence of pre-research, Bernt Kasten Sannerud for editing the music used in the piece, Anna Ljungkvist for poster-photography, Vasilis Pagourtzis for documentation photography, Daniel Pherson for video documentation, Francesca Lindén for book-hosting of TEAR, Eroca Nicols for text correction of TEAR, the mother Lotta Persdotter Andersson for cooking food and preparing our beds during the whole tour and her husband Hans Andersson for reaching out to press.
Photography Vasilis Pagourtzis