The performance WEB comes from a desire to create a visually strong and poetic dance performance for children between 4-7 years old. We placed the classic climbing net from the playground, in a stage art context and created a hybrid that juggles the formats of the installation, the dance performance, and an aestheticised playground. Our vision with WEB, was to together with the scenographer, light designer, and composer, interweave an interactive and suggestive performance that plays with the idea of WEB as a virtual nest, a suspended spider’s web, an animated platform or the climbing net at your back yard.
WEB is designed to tour both nationally and internationally at venues and festivals. We are interested in the meeting between the piece and its audience. Therefore we are thrilled to meet an audience also outside of Sweden.
Initially the inspiration for WEB came from observing how kids explore their world, both in physical terms, but also how micro-narratives suddenly occur in the most mundane situations and how their fantasies mold into reality and the other way around, as a way to understand the world. This skill is cherished and used as a way of working with interactivity in WEB. The children bring physicality, reality, and imagination to the set, and become co-creators of the event, dancing in the net with us.
WEB uses ”silent” communication, and therefore is not dependent on the dancers speaking the same language as the audience. We are interested in how the piece transforms in the meeting with audiences from other countries, to further develop our understanding of interactivity in relation to WEB.
OR/ELLER makes performances that take an interest in working with how the room and the dance together, create dance pieces that are sensible and full of illusions, and where the transformative force lies in the meeting between the piece and the audience. Madeleine Lindh and Anja Arnquist have over the past 15 years worked as dancers nationally and internationally. Since ten years back, we have worked with rethinking and developing the notion of interactivity within the dance field.
Choreography and onstage Madeleine Lindh and Anja Arnquist
Photo Håkan Larsson