MARTIN FORSBERG

ULTRA

10 male dancers investigate unison through 6 images.

Thursday December 13th
15:00 – 16:00
Gaflaraleikhúsið, Víkingastræti 2, Hafnarfjörður

ULTRA is 10 men investigating the notion of unison, its force and brittleness through 6 images; togetherness, sound, object, walking & dancing, repetition and function.

ULTRA is provoked through the two sided fascination and repulsion of unison activities, such as militarism, hooliganism, activism, classical ballet, propaganda and masculinity. ULTRA plays with the idea of unison as a strength/weakness in confined communities and aims to balance its potential beauty and absurdism.

“I was in St Petersburg during the 9th of May marches, where Russia celebrates the “victory” in WW2. Standing on Nevsky Prospect, watching thousands of soldiers pass by in a strict choreographed manner, I was puzzled by the paradox of what this did to me. I felt a release in this
unison order, it was almost intoxicatingly perfect, yet I was equally disgusted by the implications of men marching with guns. After reading Elias Canetti´s Crowds and Power, going to football games, witnessing a few classical ballets, I started to approach ULTRA as a potential artistic work, wanting to expose unison as a physical practice with political and existential borders.”
– Martin Forsberg

ULTRA was created and developed throughout residencies at Bora Bora in Aarhus, Dansehallerne in Copenhagen and at Norrlandsoperan in Umeå in 2016.
ULTRA is produced by Fors Works in co-production with Norrlandsoperan, Bora Bora, Dansstationen and Dansehallerne.

Choreographer / Company

With over 20 works and productions, Martin Forsberg is one of the most wanted choreographers in Scandinavia. Skånes Dansteater, Cullberg Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, Corpus and GöteborgsOperans Danskompagni have all commisioned works by Martin Forsberg. The choreographic work is carried by a strong presence, humor and intricate choreographic scores and systems, often with an intention to angle and refresh contemporary phenomenon’s and notions.

Apart from commisioned works, Martin Forsberg runs Fors Works together with producer Marie Schulz. Fors Works is a project based dance company, based in Copenhagen. During 2018 you could experience it’s work BEAST at Sydney Festival, Australia and at Sophiensaele in Berlin, Germany and his work SISSY BOMB for Dansstationens touring company in Malmö, Sweden. Norrdans was also touring AB3 in Sweden.

Martin Forsberg was awarded the Birgit Cullberg scholarship and from August 2018 he works as the artistic leader of Norrdans in Sweden.

www.forsworks.com

Credits

Company: Fors Works
Choreographer: Martin Forsberg
Set and Costume Design: Jenny Nordberg
Light Design: Mads Nielsen
Sound Design: Mitja Nylund
Coach: Mattias Suneson
Dancers: Graham Adey, Jernej Bizjak, Samuel Denton, Joel Fritzon, Snorre Jeppe Hansen, Nathanael Larsson, Camille Marchadour, David Price, Louis Richard, Declan Whitaker
Producer: Marie Schulz
Technical producer: Madeleine Lind Hoppe
Co-producers: Norrlandsoperan, Bora Bora, Dansstationen, Dansehallerne
Funding: Statens Kunstfond, Nordisk kulturfond, Augustinus fonden, Wilhelm Hansen, Aarhus kommune