BASTARD 2016: Natten

Mårten Spångberg (SWE)

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23. september 2016, 23:00




7 timer, 6 minutter

NATTEN er dansens horror og horrorens dans. En hviskende forbannelse ved tidens ende. En opplevelse så mørk at den ikke kan ha skjedd. Velkommen til en syv timer lang hypnotisk og unik opplevelse!

Svart er ikke nok. NATTEN er mørkere enn svart. Den er det svarte som er et fravær av svart. Ikke et statisk mørke som venter på deg bak lyset, men en opplyst mangel på lys som lever og vokser. En stillhet som strømmer ut av en brølende avgrunn.

Mårten Spångbergs nyeste arbeid følger opp de geniforklarte La Substance, but in English, vist på Bastard i 2014, og The Internet. Alle tre skaper en slags «varighetsestetikk», som oppstår når alt går så sakte og så lenge at publikum trekkes inn i en flytende meditativ tilstand, der opplevelsen av tid og minnet om verden utenfor går langsomt i oppløsning.

NATTEN er en boble du kan gå inn og ut av som du selv ønsker. På myke puter rundt om i rommet kan du se, drømme eller sove deg inn i timene fra kveld til morgen.


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Sometimes it is as if the dark is extra much there. As if everything just goes black and disappear, blackout though one is still awake. Sometimes it’s like the darkness isn’t still, isn’t immobile. That’s totally nice, but shit scary, when the night bubbles a little or the abyss starts to move. You don’t want to know what it is. Not me at least. It’s captivating to think about that the creatures of the night are way more than those of the light. In numbers and all. Sometimes one would want to get to know them all, go for dinner, but then that’s just the end of their belonging to the night.

It is the night that is real, the day is just reflections. That’s why one thinks of really heavy stuff then, or laugh hysterically to keep the dark away. The day is linked to life, it is at night that one exists. The night is not death – it exists and is more, much more than life. Time and light lives together. Time can be used as protection, always. It after all differentiates things. In the dark time isn’t standing still, it doesn’t cease, instead it slips away and disappears as if it never was. For in the deepest obscurity there is neither then nor later, there is only now and all the time.

There is a virus that makes one experience amnesia at every moment again and again, then it’s now eternally – until one dies. There are other viruses too, one that is that the shadows no longer disappear when you turn on the light, or the sun comes out. The sun comes out, but the shadows are still there. When darkness lives its own life. In Caravaggio’s paintings, it’s always the black areas that shine. It is in the luminous absence of light that Artaud finds his cruelty, and it’s by boiling to a uniform black matter that «nigredo» turns towards itself, illuminated. Precisely, the dark night of the soul, when an individual confronts the shadow within.

Monsters and so are good to have in order to escape the horrifying experience that inner darkness is the same as outer and sometimes, which is the worst, when you don’t know where the one ends and so.

The night is long. There’s no blood or corpses, body parts or bones. It is long, it is when horror opens its dark eyes, and let’s you experience its endless void. Overwhelmingly tranquil, a motionless sleep from which there is no escape. A reverie that entangles you in putrefaction. Six or so hours and shit dark, not like the light is off, or a bit depressed it’s more like a journey into the darkest, but no psychology. It’s pretty formal and massively dance, but often kind of slow and like it isn’t visible or materializes without structure.

The day is divided the night is one. Darkness dissolve structures, everything becomes like smoke distorted and dissolved. A bit like roots firmly without soil. There are people there but one doesn’t know whom, there’s someone there but maybe just a movement. Five orange pips in an envelope. There is something there, but perhaps just a mirror-image, a body without anchoring that appears as an opacity darker than darkness itself. Not just any darkness but darkness itself. Time does not stand still it’s waiting between motion and standing, as if it were too hot, too unbearably hot for anything to happen at all. Black mirror. An abandoned blankness – that totally sounded like a cliché, but it is lovely with romantic noir. No feelings or so, an emotionless evil – cold as Robert Pattinson – even a raven – but hell no fangs or a man with a scythe – fuck that. Not the dead but that which don’t have life, but still is. Open eyes. Someone besides whispers, beyond what can be sane. And delicate music – loud noises, too – and singing. Someone has something in her mouth, costumes fall. That which is when nothing is visible, that which isn’t visible even though someone turned on the light. And everyone waits.

Plants can no longer be distinguished from animals, insects identical with rose petals that adorn a bush. And then, farther inside, plants confused with stones. Stones look like flames or brains, stalactites reminiscent of female breasts, tapestries adorned with figures. Darkness is not merely the absence of light. Pale cold skin, moist with sweat, repetition without order. Fear. While light is vacated by the objects’ materiality, darkness is filled. It touches the individual directly, envelops her, penetrates him, even passes through. The ego is permeable for darkness while it is not so for light. The night expire the mimetic.

It’s a new dance piece or something called Natten, though that’s just what it’s called. It’s known as something else, and what it’s known as isn’t its name.

Dance exists without us. Moving towards or away from us indifferent. The non-directional harbors horror and the night, nigredo, is not performative. It moves without subject, its dreadfulness is mirrored in its indifference, its absolute potentiality.

All the pieces are one, as in One, the night is also the one and indivisible – there’s no composition only textures. Intuition is darkness’s reasoning. Zone-out, as if there was no frame either, but blackness has its own creatures, illuminated by its impenetrable beauty. You know like music from Iceland or something.

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