This winter Bergen Kunsthall’s gallery V will transform into a space for a durational live project by the dancer and choreographer Nikima Jagudajev. The space will be open for audiences while Jagudajev develops, together with collaborators, a new work titled ‘Basically’.
Jagudajev’s practice is concerned with the format of gatherings. Her works engage participants and audiences in open-ended situations which collectively make up space and deviate. Projects include formal dance sequences, but also food, divination, sorcery, music, clothing, and sound. These elements work as informal invitations to engage in different ways, shifting attention or offering agency. Similar to a music festival or a traveling fair, Jagudajev and her collaborators arrive, subtly infiltrate, contaminate, transform into something different, and depart. Her spaces propose strangeness and are interested in the voids of representation, in what is often left out from what is considered culturally valuable or desirable. Besides a seating area for visitors on bleachers, the space will contain a recording studio, a wall with specifically made clothing that will be used for the performances and daily actions such as the casting of a I Ching, an ancient method of foretelling.
As a starting point for the project, Jagudajev will hold auditions and rehearsals that are open to dancers and artists, musicians, activists as well as to non-professionals that are interested in working with choreography, open processes and sorcery. During the rehearsals, further collaborators will be involved through screens and online streaming. The soundscape for ‘Basically’ will be produced by composer Jordan Balaber, which will include recordings of sound within and around Bergen Kunsthall’s exhibition spaces, ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) recordings and a score for electric guitar, stand up bass and piano. The process will culminate in a series of live performances, leaving behind traces of the event and the soundscape, which will be also available as a vinyl record.
Every day at 15:00 the recorded soundtrack for Basically is played in the exhibition space
Fri 19 Mar
Cyclical and meditative in its structure, ‘Basically’ is a durational performance work encompassing dance, music and slower forms of gathering. The piece will take place from 11:00-17:00 from the 12th to the 14th of March and on the evening of Friday the 19th of March. Featuring a repertoire of choreographed sequences, all of which can be danced at any given moment throughout the day, the work can be visited at any point of the performance.
You can arrive whenever suits you during the performance: 18:00 – 00:00. The performance has no beginning or end and can be experiences whenever you feel like it, and for how long as you want. Free.
Vinyl record to be launched Monday 5 April
Nikima Jagudajev: Basically
Composition Jordan Balaber & Lester St. Louis
Featuring contributions from Bård Aarvik, Jordan Balaber, Nikima Jagudajev, June Jenkins, Chris Pawlusek, Salomon Poutsma, Lester St. Louis, Nikoline Ursin Erichsen
Released by Bergen Kunsthall
The exhibition is a core element and a framework for our live programme “Speculative Histories”. The performances are co-organised with Oktoberdans, BIT Teatergarasjen.
Nikima Jagudajev (b. 1990) is a New York and Brussels based choreographer.
Curated by Scott Elliott.
Part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Re-Imagine Europe is initiated by Sonic Acts (NL) and coordinated by Paradiso (NL) in collaboration with Elevate Festival (AT), Lighthouse (UK), INA GRM (FR), Kontejner (HR), Landmark / Bergen Kunsthall (NO), A4 (SK), Disruption Network Lab (DE) and Ràdio Web MACBA (ES).