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“feelings” by Adriano Wilfert Jensen

8 Apr 2022
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'feelings'. Imagen: alissa šnaider
'feelings'. Imagen: alissa šnaider

A performance dance piece by Danish choreographer Adriano Wilfert derived from analysis, a long-term research project into the politics of feelings.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

feelings is a setting and a dance where feelings are opaque and plastic. A piece where different forms of feelings and feelings of forms overlap, and where it is unclear if what you feel is coming from or towards you.

One morning you look at a cloud and see a figure.You realise that this figure is in you, so you figure you better make friends. The following day you see more figures, figures everywhere! You make friends with all of them, and they become your invisible posse. They guide you, and it doesn’t take long before you are totally relying on them. You can’t live without them anymore.

Some days, though, quite often in fact, they contradict themselves, and their guidance becomes confusing. On other days they are mean to you, they manipulate, mislead or even ghost you. On those days you suspect them of being double agents. And you start to doubt whether they are your invisible friends, or the invisible friends of somebody else.

This piece is an offshoot of analysis, a long-term research project into the politics of feelings that Adriano Wilfert began in 2017. analysis is rooted in dance and unfolds in various formats, contexts and collaborations, asking questions about the relationships between subjects and feelings (whether the feelings of the subjects themselves or those of others). analysis starts from the supposition that feelings are opaque rather than transparent, mediated rather than immediate, and something you do rather than something you have. From there it feels its way forward, trying to outline how such propositions could inform relations between people in the context of dance and beyond.

The piece is accompanied by a free workshop that will be held on Friday and Saturday morning.

feelings was presented at the last edition of SAAL Biennaal, the international performance festival in Tallinn.

Adriano Wilfert Jensen analyses and produces conditions for relations through choreography and dance. His practice manifests in making, performing, writing about, curating, representing and dealing choreography, dancing for other artists, and a variety of other occupations such as cocktail hangouts, publications, research projects and teaching. He has been running Galerie, an immaterial gallery for immaterial artworks, with Simon Asencio since 2014. He dances for the dinosaurs with Emma Daniel in Spending Time with Dinosaurs. Together with Linda Blomqvist, Anna Gaïotti and Emma Daniel, he organised the Indigo Dance Festival, Magazine and Tink Thanks at the Performing Arts Forum (PAF). In 2018, he presented Dream Works R&D in collaboration with Simon Asencio as part of the Saliva programme in Madrid.

Creative credits:

  • Performers: Alexandra Tveit, Chloe Chignell, Laura Ramírez, Paolo Gile, Stefa Govaart and Marie Ursin
  • Set design: Simon Asencio and Adriano Wilfert Jensen
  • Music composition: Dean Blunt
  • Photography: Alissa Šnaider
  • Producer: Eneli Järs
  • Co-producers: Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Tallinn), Bora Bora (Aarhus), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), Centre d'Art Contemporain (Geneva), MDT (Stockholm)
  • Supported by: Statens Kunstfond, Knud Højgaards Fond, Wilhelm Hansens Fond and Beckett Fonden
  • Residency supported by: Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme
  • Thanks to: Performing Arts Forum (Sankt Erme), Buda (Kortrijk), Pianofabriek (Brussels), Impulstanz and Alice Chauchat, Annika Üprus, Madlen Hirtentreu, Storm Møller Madsen, Dina El Kaisy Friemuth, Jassem Hindi, Emma Daniel, Iggy Malmborg, Maike Lond, Hanna Erlman, Danjel Andersson, Michelangelo Miccolis, Eneli Järs, Efva Lilja, Priit Raud and Henry Kasch

So far, the following people have been involved in the development of analysis: Karima El Amrani, Chloe Chignell, Stefa Govaart, Sandra Lolax, Alexandra Tveit, Marie Ursin, Anne Juren, Simon Asencio, Florie Laroche, Andrea Zavala Folache, Andrea Rodrigo, Paolo Gile, Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Bojana Cvejic, Alissa Šnaider, Laura Ramírez, Dina El Kaisy, Ana Vujanovic and Dean Blunt.

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“feelings” by Adriano Wilfert Jensen

8 Apr 18:30 - 19:45 h