I was told I chop wood like a ballet dancer

Freja Bäckman: I Was Told I Chop Wood Like a Ballet Dancer

A video and sound installation

I was told I chop wood like a ballet dancer is a body of work that has grown as a collective effort. Following the origin of the word concert – to contest, question, dispute (with) as well as agreement in action. IwtIcwlabd has been shaped by public workshops and through improvisation sessions with a group of bass players and the performers chopping wood.

Elis Hannikainen moves through their videography between the materials in the installation and the performers in a rehearsed choreography, thus having an inconspicuous presence in the space. Manuela Schininá has created the sound design for the installation specifically for this setting, based on live recordings done at District Berlin earlier this year, where a concert (performance / installation) also took place.

Freja Bäckman: I Was Told I Chop Wood Like a Ballet Dancer

Credits:

Concept and text: Freja Bäckman
Sound recording, design and mixing: Manuela Schininá
Videography: Elis Hannikainen
Voice: Elena Schmidt
On bass: Cash Hauke, Freja Bäckman, Mitchelle Betancourt, Verónica Mota, Wassan Ali
Chopping wood: Hanna Maria Bergfors, Henna Räsänen, Winnie Olbrich
Costumes: Corinna Helenelund, Liisa Pesonen
Sound (performance): Lola Tseytlin / Sound Systers
Lights Support: Wassan Ali
Location: District Berlin

IwtIcwlabd is a co-production with District Berlin, as part of a series curated by Suza Husse at District Berlin, and Hordaland Kunstsenter.

Freja Bäckman: I Was Told I Chop Wood Like a Ballet Dancer

Supported by:
AVEK, Kone Foundation, Svenska kulturfonden, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Bergen Center for Electronic Arts

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