ARASH KHAKPOUR & EMMALENA FREDRIKSSON
UNTITLEdISTANCE is a duet about Arash and Emmalena, two people who grew up far from here and far from each other. Through their encounter they tell stories from the past to illuminate their possible imagined individual and collective futures. They entertain, inquire and provoke as they move through universal themes such as togetherness, aging and love to those more arrestingly contemporary ideas, such as our rapidly changing climates and migration. What is it that links this wild range of themes? Us. Through questions, answers and attempts to understand this moment in time, Arash and Emma bring humanness to the foreground in far reaching dances of seriousness and silliness, madness and hope.
UNTITLEdISTANCE premiered at Dancing on the Edge in July 2017 and had its Swedish premiere at Nya Teatern, Örebro, in Sept 2017.
This is the first collaborative project of Vancouver-based dance artists Arash Khakpour and Emmalena Fredriksson. Originally from Iran and Sweden, Khakpour and Fredriksson are both known for creating thought-provoking work and multidisciplinary approach to performance in their respective practices. In January 2017 they received the Chrystal Dance Prize from Dance Victoria to explore contact and text improvisation as a starting point for a collaborative process. The work was developed through two residencies at Dance Victoria (Canada) and Dans i Örebro län (Sweden).
Photos by Erik Zennström
“Fredriksson and Khakpour cannily combine language and movement to show that no matter how we position ourselves, we must always negotiate that position in relation to others — and also that, as in this case, part of that negotiation is developing a shared sense of trust.”
—Peter Dickinson, Performance, Place, and Politics
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