Trump rallies and Pegida marches. Mass migration, women`s marches and the Arab Spring. In a time of huge protests around the world, choreographer Mia Habib explores the physical powers that are being set in motion when several individual bodies come together to form one strong mass.
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A crowd invades the stage, running, walking. Crawling, carrying each other, climbing the wall. How does the monumental arise in a single figure? How can vulnerable bodies contain massive existential questions? In a time of huge protests around the world, Habib and 48 dancers, examines the physical powers set in motion through the big protest movements. The performance is also inspired by Gustav and Emanuel Vigeland and their sculptures in which bodies range from all ages and appearances.
“A Song to …” is a piece choreographed by Mia Habib, where she explores the evocative power of monumental art. 16 dancers and 30 non dancers are running and falling on stage, using their raw naked bodies to simultaneously incarnate a critical mass and to enhance the singularity and isolation of each of the performers. It is a piece seeping with monumental questions and primal cycles: death, joy, fear, desire. It is dedicated to a collective human history in all its ambiguity: a declination of the human condition: joining each other in masses, getting old, journeying together, giving up. “A Song to …” is an overlapping of tableaux vivants and incarnated metaphors.
Mia Habib is a Norwegian choreographer with a B.A. in choreography from The National Academy of the Arts in Oslo, Norway and a M.A. in conflict resolution and negotiation at Tel Aviv University. Mia Habib is the artistic leader of Mia Habib Productions (MHP), which is based in Oslo. MHP works with performing arts as well as exhibitions, publications, lectures, training, mentoring and curating. MHP has been co-produced by a number of institutions across Europe. Habib has been festival director for a dance festival in Jerusalem and one of the initiators of the international art network Sweet & Tender Collaborations. As of recently she is also engaged as a choreographer and dancer in Norwegian star company, Carte Blanche.