Marta Alstadsæter and Kim-Jomi FischerEngel

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Two performers, a circus acrobat and a dancer, melt together in a physical dialogue through a constant exchange of weight, momentum and direction. The result is Engel, a gravity-defying duet that brings surreal and chimeric images to stage.

Marta Alstadsæter and Kim-Jomi Fischer invite you to wonder where thoughts come from and to embrace the many sides of being human.

Concept & Choreography: Marta Alstadsæter & Kim-Jomi Fischer
Performers: Marta Alstadsæter & Kim-Jomi Fischer
Music: Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek)
With contributions by:
Voice - Kim-Jomi Fischer
Drums - Paal Nilssen-Love
Mastering - Marlon Wolterink
Text based on excerpt from Anil Seth on ‘Guardian science weekly big unknown: what is consciousness’
Light design: Loes Schakenbos
Technique: Edwin v Steenbergen
Dramaturgy & Advice: Petra Eikelenboom, Piet Rogie, Merel Heering
Costumes/Scenography: Marta Alstadsæter & Kim-Jomi Fischer
Publicity image: Anna v Kooij
With special thanks to: Vincent Kollar, Jasper v Luijk, Erik Kaiel, Andreas Eilertsen
Trailer: Paul Sixta
Co-produced by: Dansateliers, Podium Bloos, Festspillene i Nord-Norge, Dansearena Nord
Supported by: Eilertsen & Granados teaterkompani, Scenekunst i Nordland, Fond for lyd og bilde – Kulturrådet

Winner of the BNG Bank dance prize

Selected for the Norwegian Touring Network for Performing Arts

The trailer presents extracts from the full lenght version of Engel

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Marta and Kim met in 2015. Their different backgrounds in contemporary dance and circus sparked a blossoming collaboration. During the last year they have been creating their own movement vocabulary, diving into the possibilities and qualities they find within this symbiosis, and exploring their identity across languages. This has naturally led them into creating work together, creating a space where they can go beyond the frames of their disciplines and dive into the physical communication between them. Now working closely together with Dansateliers (NL) and Dansearena nord (NO) they are making work in Norway and the Netherlands.

Kim-Jomi Fischer (Utrecht, Netherlands 1985) was born into a family of street performers and got introduced to partnering acrobatics at an early age. Kim could better relate to ideas in dance and graduated from Codarts, Rotterdam's dance academy, in 2007. Since then, he has worked as a freelance dancer in the Netherlands for choreographers like Ann van de Broek, André Gingras, Liat Waysbort, Loïc Perela, and Suzy Blok. In 2011, he was working for DV8 Physical Theatre in the production ‘Can we talk about this?. Today, Kim is back in the Netherlands. Here, he mostly works with Pia Meuthen, Ivan Perez and Erik Kaiel, whom he has collaborated with since 2004. Kim's own work involves a lot of contact improvisation, hand-to-hand acrobatics, location work, and a physical blend of different dance styles.

Marta Alstadsæter (Hammerfest, Norway 1990) comes from a family of visual artists. She set out to be a writer, but communication with horses inspired a more physical language research. As research often goes, she took an unexpected path that led to the Netherlands. After specialising in hand-to-hand acrobatics, she got her Bachelor of Circus Arts from Codarts University in Rotterdam in 2016. Alongside her own work she is also a freelance artist with Erik Kaiel/Arch8, Cie Woest, and is part of Collective Penguin Productions.

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