When fantasies gain control of power
Even before arriving at the theatre, we, as an audience, are entertaining an array of prejudices and expectations about the performance. And then we meet Iggy Lond Malmborg.
Fantasy is ability beyond good and evil. It sets in motion our desires, and is a necessary tool for us becoming whole as humans. For better and worse. The theatre is an empty space until it's not empty anymore: Filled with people, expectations, imaginations, texts, actions and movements. Emptiness filled with anything but nothing, swept in the veil of fantasy. So is the creation and motion of play between performer and audience.
Fantasy is expressed in language. So, Iggy Lond Malmborg invites us to a performance of words, or the lack of them. And consequently, the performance will play out in our imaginations, in our fantasies - arbitrary, in confirmation or in contempt of the implied motives, or even perhaps all the way down into the darkest and meanest parts of human imagination.
Physics and Phantasma is a piece that mainly takes place within the audience’s imagination, through affirmation of – or resistance against – suggested motives; a phantasmatic imagery ranging from the most mundane to the darkest corners of human imagination.
Iggy Lond Malmborg (1987) is a freelance actor and performance maker based in Malmö, Sweden. Though a formation in traditional acting (the Theatre academy of Malmö 06-10), his pieces span over a wide range of aesthetics and styles, both solo and collaborative work. His main artistic interest is to use the performance event as a model onto which the pieces discourse directly can be applied. By using strategies that can be compared to minimalism, he sheds light on the politics of theatre and read it as a hierarchical machine with (unconscious) patterns of inclusion and exclusion.
Since 2009 he is collaborating with Johannes Schmit (DE) under the name White on White. The duo runs a performance series - until today including 6 autonomous works. The aim of the series is to turn the theoretical achievements of the so called critical whiteness studies into productive aesthetics for stage. Teaterhuset Avant Garden presented: White on White #5: All those Beautiful Boyz (Bastard festival 2013), and White on White #6: Queer Sells (spring 2015).
In 2014 Malmborg's last solo work b o n e r premiered at the Baltic Circle Festival in Helsinki. The piece has toured actively since to festivals such as Spielart (Münich), Auawirleben (Bern) and Oslo international theatre festival. The Norwegian premiere was on our stage during the Bastard Festival 2014. The dou performance with Maike Lond Malmborg, 99 Words for Void, premiered in 2015. The piece has so far been presented in festivals as Auawirleben (Bern), Le FAB (Bordeaux), Baltoscandal (Rakvere), and of course our own Bastard festival (Bastard 2016), which marked it's Nordic premiere. Both b o n e r and 99 Words for Void are still touring.
NB! This performance contains explicit language that can be perceived as offensive and is not suitable for minors under the age of 18.