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A song to… by Mia Habib is the choreography of a mass movement in both senses of the word: the Norwegian choreographer brings 16 professional dancers and up to 30 non-professionals onto the stage, choreographing their naked bodies as pure materiality.

In a critical engagement with mass protests, concepts of monumental art as a political instrument and research into swarm intelligence, Mia Habib stages the multiplicity of the bodies as a critical mass: representation, overpowering and mass dynamics, but also singularity and isolation. In this setting, the audience is presented with ambivalent mass dynamics and bodies which purposefully refuse singular interpretations, which the choreography draws on. Running and falling, moving in circles and sculptural tableaus, the bodies – which are permanently transforming and taking on new forms which are at turns animalistic, artificial, sacral or object-like – receive new ascriptions of meaning. The nudity performs the supposed naturalness of bodies, and exposes the naked truth of what it means to be human, where the question of whether we are looking at a human, an object or an animal loses all importance.

”A song to…” performances:

Ice Hot Nordic Dance Platform, Copenhagen, Dec 3rd, 2016.
Tanz im August, September 3rd and 4th, 2016.
Theatre Freiburg: June 8th and June 10th, 2016.
BIT Teatergarasjen in Bergen: September 25th-September 26th at 19 h, 2015.
Dance House Oslo/ ULTIMA festivalen: September 19th- September 21st at 19 h, 2015.

”A song to…”  workshops:

Theatre Freiburg: June 4th-June 7th, 2016.
Kedja Hammerfest: “Speaking through the Crowds”, November 5th – November 6th, 2015.
SITE Stockholm: July 6th – July 11th, 2015.

”A song to…” talks:

Tanz im August, “On the Sofa”, September 3rd, 2016.
Tanz im August, “Meet the Artists”, September 4th, 2016.
Theater Freiburg, June 10th.
Dance House Oslo: Pre-performance panel, “The Power of the mass and the protesting body”: September 20th at 17 h, 2015.
Kedja Hammerfest: “Monumental art and political disorder”, November 7th at 10h-11.30h, 2015.

Choreographer: Mia Habib
Produced by: Mia Habib Productions
Dramaturge: Jassem Hindi
Lightdesign: Ingeborg Olerud
Sound/ soundmix: Jassem Hindi
Choreography assistent: Jon Filip Fahlstrøm
Creative dancers: Cecilie Lindemann Steen, Ingunn Rimestad, Terje Tjøme Mossige, Jon Filip Fahlstrøm, Loan Than Ha, Hanna Mjåvatn, Ida Gudbrandsen, Kira Senkpiel, Keyon Gaskin, Sandy Williams, Tarek Halaby, Fie Dam Mygind, Linn Christine Ragnarsson, Asaf Ahronson, Przybyslaw Paz , Povilas Bastys. Extra cast: Jules Beckman, Chantelle Jackson, Nina Wollny, Oskar Landstrom, Hedda Rivrud.

Producer: Eva Grainger
Pre-production: Morten Kippe
International producer: Karene Lyngholm
Assistent: Karen Høybakk Mikalsen
Videoinstallation: Kaia Hugin
Photo: Jon Filip Fahlstrøm

Produced by: Mia Habib Productions

Co-produced by: Dance House Oslo, Theatre Freiburg, BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen, Bærum Kulturhus – regionalt kompetansesenter for dans, ULTIMA Festivalen and Carte Blanche Bergen.

Collaborators: Vigeland-museet and Emanuel Vigelands museum, Dansehallerne København, Bora Bora Aarhus, Kedja Hamemrfest 2015, RAS Sandnes, Festiviteten Haugesund, Dansarena Nord, Dans I Nord-Trøndelag, Fjelldansen/Frikar Academy, Danse- og Teatersentrum, and SITE Sweden.

Supported by: Arts Council Norway, The Audio and Visual Fund and Nordic Culture Fund (more funds are being applied for).