»Better people« starts of at the borderline where values are negotiated. The work deals with questions concerning the body, crossing over, stage representations and dualistic systems. Malin Hellkvist Sellén is not interested in staging events but rather in creating them. Better people was based on a self critical and active way of perceiving the construction of social codes, norm systems and abstract movement.
The work revolves around aesthetics as a means of power, normative gender presentations and the function of the body and it’s value in our time. It seeks contexts where movement is possible and motivated.
CONCEPT/CHOREOGRAPHY: Malin Hellkvist Sellén DANCE: Emelie Jonsson, Heidi Lehtoranta, Marianne Kjaersund, Audrey Jade Littman COSTUME: Lena Lindgren SET/LIGHT DESIGN: Erik Westerlund MAKE-UP DESIGN: Marina Ritvall ARTISTIC ADVISOR: Minna Kiper PRODUCTION: Magnus Nordberg, Åsa Edgren Loco – Motion, Vischan Danskonst, NorrlandsOperan Scen för Dans
Length 80 min incl. intermission
Premiere NorrlandsOperan Blackbox Umeå, Sweden 2006
Better people was produced in cooperation with NorrlandsOperan Scen för Dans, Dansnät Sverige with support from the Swedish Arts Council and Framtidens Kultur.