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Mårten Spångberg, The Internet, 2015 ©Tani Simberg

Mårten Spångberg: The Internet

1 Jun 2016

Presented by Block Universe in partnership with ICA and Dance Art Foundation, Mårten Spångberg’s The Internet pushes the boundaries of performance, intertwining music, dance and sculpture. This extends the traditional limits of a dance performance, presenting a durational format that addresses both the surrounds of a theatre and a gallery. Investigating the influences of digital communication on choreography and representation, within this performance social networks become secondary audiences, and health apps, games and dating tools are used to generate dance, rhythm and vibe. Bodies interact with other bodies within this performance, including ‘bodies’ such as people, objects and discourses. One of these objects is the internet, understood within this work as a metaphor for a radically monumental, yet immaterial structure with no starting or ending point.

At almost four hours long, the work includes pop music, dance, changes of dress, and a set that incorporates sculptural elements, in which audiences are encouraged to move around, watch, fade out, re-join, have a nap or enjoy chat with a friend.

Mårten Spångberg has been active on stage as performer since 1994 and has choreographed his own works from solos to larger scale pieces, which have toured internationally, since 1999. His solo work Powered by Emotion (2003) has become a modern classic. In 2002 he choreographed Break, Intermission, Before and After for the Frankfurt Ballet. Together with the architect Tor Lindstrand, he initiated International Festival, an interdisciplinary practice merging architecture, choreography and performance. As a writer, he has published texts in numerous magazines and books, and worked as dance/performance reviewer for Dagens Nyheter, in Stockholm. 2008-2012, he was director for the MA Program in Choreography at the University of Dance in Stockholm. His last work La Substance, but in English (2014) was a commission by MoMA PS1 and toured through international venues, including Moderna Museet, Stockholm, among others.

Block Universe (30 May – 5 June 2016) is an annual festival that brings together a new wave of cutting-edge performance art at the cross-section of contemporary visual art, dance and music in major institutions and unique venues across London.

Dance Art Foundation is an independent arts charity directed by choreographer Joe Moran. It incubates new ideas in dance that it takes out into the world in fresh and imaginative ways: performance, critical dialogues, social engagement.

Performance duration: Up to 4 hours

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