aswebegin honors the act of beginning. It favors the instability of the drawing board, supposing to find the radical and creative therein. Continuing with the practice of Performance Directives and Where’s the rest of me?, this work articulates and re-articulates choreography through its ongoing relation to a sensed, remembered, or visible palimpsest. Formulated by multiple human and non-human entities, this palimpsest carries memories of written, physical, spacial and oral gestures.
We carry our individual and collective memories and scripts close. We engage the impossibility of complete accuracy while applying our best attempts. We wear our nerves on the outside of our skin. We dare to contradict ourselves and each other. We expose full certainty and full uncertainty, sometimes simultaneously. While overloading our momentary attentions and intentions, we are coming to terms with the ungraspable present and celebrating its passage.
Stockholm-based Weld Company commissioned Litó Walkey as one of their first choreographers to work with the dance company. The initial work was performed by Marie Fahlin, Noah Hellwig, Sandra Lolax, Sybrig Dokter, Robin Dingemans and Kajsa Sandström with costumes designed by Erik Annerborn and lights by Anton Andersson. Following performances have included the company’s growing constellation of dancers and been presented nationally and internationally.
A durational version extended for two hours with Caroline Byström, Per Sacklén, Anna Westberg, Sybrig Dokter, Robin Dingemans, Marie Fahlin, Sandra Lolax, Noah Hellwig, Disa Krosness, Hanna Strandberg and Robert Malmborg, and a post-show talk with Tove Salmgren and Anders Paulin. As part of their development of what a dance company can be and do today, Weld Company has also adapted the work for non-traditional dance contexts. aswebegin has ‘para-sited' exhisiting structures, such as Rönnells Antikvariat Bookstore in Stockholm.
The publication No Talking No Props has been released by Weld Company on a yearly basis as an extension of the company and contains contributions from Swedish and International artists and participating dancers and choreographers.
︎︎︎ Text by Litó Walkey [PDF]
︎︎︎ Text by Anne Schuh [PDF]
Dance / Performance (2013)
Marabouparken konsthall, Stockholm,
20 March 2021
Rönnells Antikvariat, Stockholm,
10 January 2020
15 December 2017
13 February 2016
Dock 11, Berlin,
5-6 February 2016
27 April 2014
No Talking No Props Publication release, April 2014
Amsterdam School of the Arts,
11 December 2013
8 December 2013 (premiere)