REALLY GOOD MUSIC
Choreography: Juli Reinartz
Performance: Emma Kim Hagdahl, Linnéa Martinsson, Billy Bultheel, Juli Reinartz
Lights: Chrisander Brun
In collaboration with the landscape architects Theresa Günther and Pia Englund
Supported by: Royal Institute of Arts Stockholm, Kulturrådet, Tanzfabrik Berlin, MDT Stockholm and MUU Gallery
Really Good Music is a project on animism and future nature. It takes on the division of nature and culture by way of communicating, collaborating and building with a futuristic garden. Four performers slow down to the speed of vegetal existence and construct a waterfall, a moving mountain and a community of plants. The choreography of building is slow and leaves time to touch, feel and sense the plants. In the stretch of time humans, leaves, images, mirrors and speakers all become performers.
Really Good Music, as the title shows, is part of a project series on music and was deeply influenced by the music style Afrofuturism which forwarded a new vision of human bodies, doing away with distinctions between black and white, earth and outer space, past and future. Thinking about a choreographic approach to that, Really Good Music installs a garden in the theater and plays around on notions such as nature, culture, life, animation, human agency, non-human bodies and future imagery. How does this insideout future plastic paradise not only change the notion of bodies but opens up new relations and processes on stage?
June 2014: MDT, Stockholm
“But the truly fascinating is how the entire piece is built up piece by piece in an almost ritual act that contains as much retro-utopian visions as popular culture references. Every action and movement is performed as if both the dancers' own bodies as well as the spoiled plants constantly fine-tune towards a utopian state where everything blends together. That Juli Reinartz, Billy Bultheel and Linnea Martinsson then do not reach there via Really Good Music does not really matter because, after all, this is not the main thing. It's all about concentration and preparation on the way there. It is in the flow that Really Good Music arises.”
- Thomas Olsson, Kroppslig utopi på odlingsbädden, nummer.se, 5.6.2014