Through growling noise and the (female) duet as format, the work suggests a ‘living in proximity to death’. Growling, a male coded technique, is a dark and aggressive voice used in music styles like death metal and grindcore. However in this instance, stripped of its style and effect, the sound is twisted into relational images such as the hug, holding hands, cheek to cheek dance – all elements of duality, twosomeness, friendship and lesbian love. A fusion that invites for a sense of co-dependency and intimacy, where normative expressions of strength transform into sites of fragility.
Care. About sorrow.
The ‘living in proximity with’ points to ‘being in’, a temporal alternative to ‘getting through’, ‘evolving into’ or ‘moving on’ constituting the conventional perceptions of death, dying and mourning.
Together with the audience the duet moves along with non-linear textures of loss that pulsate and breathe to the sound of creaking, hissing, lowing – a kind of lamentation.
Choreography and performance / Lisen Pousette & Olivia Riviere
Mentor / Anna Efraimsson, Malin Arnell
Light design / Jenny Larsson
Costumes / Tove Dreiman
Photos / Sophie Pousette
Thanks to / Anna Efraimsson & Josefine Wikström
Ever losing (title before: Textures of loss) premiered at Fylkingen 22. feb. 2019 / https://www.fylkingen.se/program
DK premiere at Warehouse9.
About the artists
LISEN POUSETTE (SE) is a choreographer and dancer based in Stockholm, recently graduated from DOCH’s MA programme in choreography. Lisen is educated in dance at ArtEZ, Arnhem, and was during her study time part of the Netherland-based collective Baby Skin. After finishing her BA, she has studied contemporary philosophy at Södertörn University and shortly at Karolinska Institute’s psychology programme. Apart from frequently participating in Ellen Söderhult’s work, Lisen is part of organizing the weekly POSSE dance- and reading group’s gatherings and play drums in black metal-punk band Moddervarken.
OLIVIA RIVIERE (SE) is a dancer/choreographer based in CPH. Since receiving her diploma from ‘The Danish National school of Performing Arts’ (2015) she’s been involved in DANSEatelier – a place and a group of 11 performing artists coexisting with dance. Subjects that are woven into most of her engagements are the material aspects of moods, objects and vocal sounds and their influence; these are all elements that play a greater role in her broader interest around the concept of objectification/subjectivization. Lately she has been working with artists such as Marie Topp, Karis Zidore, Anders Paulin, Sara Gebran and Lisen Pousette.
Venue / Warehouse9 Bygning 66 Halmtorvet 11A-F, DK-1700 Copenhagen V
Warehouse9 (est. 2007) is an artist-led performance space in the heart of Copenhagen’s historical Meatpacking district. Warehouse9 is committed to supporting and building a platform for artists working with subjects relating to identity, sexual politics, body expressions and representation. The venue embraces live art, installation, music, site-specific work, parties and activism. Warehouse9 creates space for innovative artistic experiences, hybrid art practices and experimentation, as well as striving to create the best conditions for artistic research, alongside supporting local queer activist initiatives.