Things That Can Survive in Space is a performance for two audiences. A present audience and a hypothetical one.
The project is based on NASA's Voyager mission (1977): an attempt to create intergalactic 'bottle mail'. On board the two space probes sent by NASA to study space beyond our solar system, two golden LP discs were placed. The discs contain a collection of greetings in different languages, music, nature sounds and photographs. An attempt to encapsulate different expressions of our earthly existence, just in case. someone would make contact with the probes as they travelled through space. When we heard about this mission, we were struck by how absurd it all seemed. At the same time, we became curious about what it means to create in relation to the unknown.
In this, our first own work, we choreograph with the intention of exposing ourselves to the cosmos. We try to answer the questions:
What would we create if we knew the message had a chance to come into contact with another life form?
Is there a line between fiction and reality when addressing beings who have no previous experience of our human context?
Together with composer Markus B. Almqvist and lighting designer/scenographer Elias Ortiz want to invite the audience to a stage space that has been temporarily converted into a kind of hybrid between a laboratory and a recording studio. The performance is an experiment, an attempt to send dances to an undetermined address somewhere in the universe.
About Anika Edström Kawaji and Robin Haghi
Anika Edström Kawaji and Robin Haghi are dancers and choreographers from Stockholm. They have been active as dance artists since their studies at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) and have worked together as dancers in the company Rosas/Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker where they participated in several productions between 2016 and 2021. Individually, they have also collaborated with the choreographers: Robin Jonsson, Fieldworks/Yukiko Shinozaki & Heine Avdal, Salva Sanchis, Louis Nam Le Van Ho, Wee/Francesco Scavetta and others.