20-21 feb 2020 (Small stage)
ELLARD / LECH (SWE) Late Night: Funeral
Funeral is a rite of farewell and transition, a dance of sorrow for bereavements and ends.
Biljetter & info
In their work, Ellard/Lech examine the elements of mourning – the grieving body, the music of commemoration and to collectively practice the act of dying. In a de-ritualized and doomed civilization, what are the functions of our remaining rites of loss and transition? And what is lost without them? With death as a constant, how does emotions and expressions of grief and sorrow exist and change?
With time as the orchestra, change as the choir, and transcience as the ballet, Funeral is conducted by Ellard and Lech as a reqiuem for what is and will be lost.
Beyond the Spoken,
– rituals for unacknowledged loss by Barbara Raes
Our society has been deritualized over the past few decades. This crisis comes most sharply into focus with transition rituals surrounding death: we have and are not allowed any time to grieve and we lack the tools to contextualize the mourning process. The fact that so many people eventually crash is often due to unprocessed, unrecognized ‘little funerals’ of life. Barbara Raes founded in 2016 Beyond the Spoken, a workspace for unacknowledged loss, where she cocreates with artists new farewellrituals. In this lecture she will talk about a big transition moment in her life and how that was the drive to develop a new place between art, care and rituals.
Barbara Raes (Belgium, 1977) was the programme director and artistic director at the BUDA and Vooruit Arts Centres until she went in a completely different direction in 2014. She was educated as funeral celebrant and has founded in 2016 Beyond The Spoken, a workspace for unacknowledged loss. In Beyond The Spoken she creates together with artists farewell rituals and helps people to make time to process transitional moments in their lives. Her old love for art is never far away, however, and it has also been given a place within her practice.
Lisen Ellard and Mattias Lech
Maia Means, Sindri Runudde, Lisen Ellard
Maria W Horn and Sara Parkman
Maria W Horn
Hannah Tolf, Kristina Issa, Xenia Kriisin
Dorna Shahabeddin Aslanzadeh, Aleksandra Sende
Swedish Arts Council, City of Stockholm, Region Stockholm, Ställbergs gruva, Dans i Blekinge, Dansinitiativet Luleå, Skogen Göteborg, Dansens Hus, Transit Kulturinkubator.
Swedish Arts Grants Committee
Mattias Lech and Lisen Ellard work together with death and live arts. In their work they have e.g. visited crematoriums, morgues and funerals, they have written their last goodbyes, practiced death meditation and participated in Fake Funerals in South Korea. In 2017 they created the piece DÖDEN (death in swedish). A piece that is still touring in Sweden and internationally. Coming from different backgrounds in dance, theatre and radio, oscillating between formats and mediums, they explore different ways of cooperation and coexistence as a duo and with other artists. The duo often examine different ways and degrees of audience participation. Something they also have been able to refine when working as performers and in collaborations with other artists such as Lundahl/Seitl (SE) Sidney Leoni (FR/BE), Marina Abramovic (SRB) and Lea Martini (DE). Ellard premiered her piece If ever in range at Dansens Hus 2018 , and Lech have created a number of works in collaboration with a.o. Ivar F Aam and GomesLechQuigley that have been presented around Sweden and internationally since 2013.