One morning you look at a cloud and see a figure. You realize that this figure is in you, so you figure you better make friends. The following day you see more figures, figures everywhere! You make friends with all of them, and they become your invisible posse. They guide you, and it doesn’t take long before you are totally relying on them. You can’t live without them anymore.
Some days, though, they are mean to you, they manipulate, mislead or even ghost you. On those days you suspect them to be double agents. And you start to doubt whether they are your invisible friends, or the invisible friends of somebody else.
“feelings” wants to be a setting and a dance where feelings are opaque and plastic. Where forms of feelings and feelings of forms overlap, and where it is unclear if what you feel is coming from you or to you. “feelings” is a practice of spectatorship more than it’s a spectacle. For that reason, we offer subscriptions to “feelings” at SAAL Biennaal rather than tickets. All subscriptions are personal and gives access to all shows.
At SAAL Biennaal “feelings” will be performed by Chloe Chignell, Stefan Govaart, Sandra Lolax, Alexandra Tveit, Marie Ursin, Simon Asencio and Adriano Wilfert Jensen and takes place in a setting developed with Simon Asencio to original music by Dean Blunt.
“feelings” is one part of “analysis”: a long term research project into the politics of feeling(s). “analysis” is rooted in dance and unfolds in various formats, contexts and collaborations. “analysis” asks questions about the relations between subjects and feelings. Be it the feelings “of” subjects themselves or “of” others.” analysis” starts from the suppositions that feelings are opaque rather than transparent, mediated rather than immediate, and that feelings are something you do rather than something you have. From there it feels its way forward, trying to contour how such propositions could inform relations between people in dance and beyond.
“analysis” was initiated by Adriano Wilfert Jensen in 2017 and so far Karima El Amrani (FR), Chloe Chignell (AUS), Stefan Govaart (NL), Sandra Lolax (FI), Alexandra Tveit (NO), Marie Ursin (NO), Anne Juren (FR), Simon Asencio (FR), Dina El Kaisy (DE), Angela Goh (AUS), Ana Vujanovic (SRB) and Dean Blunt (UK) have been part of its development.
Adriano Wilfert Jensen works with dance and choreography to analyse and produce conditions of relations. His practice manifests in making, performing, curating, representing and dealing choreography, dancing for other artists, as well as other occupations like a series of cocktail hang outs, publications, research projects, teaching, a BBQ salon etc. Together with Simon Asencio he is since 2014 running Galerie - an immaterial gallery for immaterial artworks. And with Emma Daniel he is dancing for the dinosaurs in Spending Time With Dinosaurs. Together with Linda Blomqvist, Anna Gaïotti and Emma Daniel he organized Indigo Dance Festival, Magazine and Tink Thanks at Performing Arts Forum.