Ofelia Jarl Ortega (SE)

| Saturday 12 February
At 10:00 – 11:30
Tanssin talo - Dance House Helsinki / Lobby

It’s a slippery slope. A volatile experience. It can change in a second. We witness them cornering themselves, doing it to each other, luring each other into a cavity. A constructed solidarity in a play of gymnastic interventions; a re-assemblage takes place. It’s like a machine where you can join in, it just keeps on going.
To the sound of snare drums three dancers are immersed in complicated power dynamics. It’s fraternal incest at its core, pleasurable bullying and hard-shelled fantasies. Hegemony is a dance piece by choreographer Ofelia Jarl Ortega developed with dancers Darío Barreto Damas, Andrius Mulokas and Paolo de Venecia Gile.

Artist / Company Bio

Ofelia Jarl Ortega (b. 1990) is a Chilean-Swedish choreographer and performer based in Stockholm. Her work centers around vulnerability and femininity, often with a suggestive erotic aesthetic; lately a notion of “voluntary objectification” has been at the core for her investigations. She holds a diploma from The Royal Swedish Ballet School (2010) and a MA in Choreography from SKH, Stockholm (2014). Her works have been shown at venues such as ImPulsTanz (Vienna), MDT (Stockholm), Inkonst (Malmö), Arsenic (Lausanne), Black Box Teater (Oslo). She received the Young Choreographers’ Award at ImPulsTanz, 2018, for her piece "B.B.”

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  • Idea, concept, choreography:

    Ofelia Jarl Ortega
  • Dance, choreography:

    Darío Barreto Damas, Andrius Mulokas, Paolo de Venecia Gile
  • Composition, sound design:

    Jassem Hindi
  • Snare drum:

    Anton Jarl
  • Lighting design:

    Mira Svanberg
  • Producer:

    Terry Johnson, Jessie McLaughlin (MDT)
  • Produced by

    Co-production: MDT, BIT Teatergarasjen, Kunstencentrum STUK, My Wild Flag.
    Residency support: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Kunstencentrum BUDA.
  • Supporters

    Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm City. Part of Life Long Burning – Towards a sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe project (2018-2022) supported by the Creative Europe programme.
  • Premiere date and place

    21st October 2020, MDT, Stockholm
  • Duration (minutes)

  • Stage dimensions

    Minimum 10m x 10m x 5m
  • Target group