MEDIUM is a ghost performance in which Núria Guiu dances to the music of Stephen O’Malley/SUNN O))). The performance is about how the body is haunted by movements from personal, cultural and virtual archives.
The ghost is partly a metaphor for movements from other times and dimensions that return and take up residence in our bodies. It can also be understood as the act of creating in itself, from the invisible realm to its physical manifestation into a performance, which is invoked or brought to life after its creative process death.
Nuria Guiu is a dancer and choreographer, in addition to studying anthropology and human evolution. Choreographer Ingri Fiksdal has presented her works at Black Box teater for a number of years, most recently with Fictions of the Flesh during Oslo Internationale Teaterfestival 2021.
Traces from personal, cultural and virtual dance archives embodied or encountered between 1987 and 2022, which are quoted* in the performance**:
(name of maker or source, title, year of premiere, year of embodiment or encounter)
Ruth St. Denis, East Indian Nautch Dance (1944), (2016)
YouTube channel JStuStudios, Floss (2014), (2019)
Carmen Amaya, Los Tarantos (1963), (2006)
Kobalt Works/Arco Renz, MAD (2010), CRACK (2011), DUST (2011), COKE (2014), Hanoi Stardust (2014) and EAST (2015), (2010-15)
Jennie Livingstone, Paris is Burning (1990), (2013)
Sharon Eyal, Killer Pig (2009), (2009)
Michel Fokine, Les Sylphides (1893), (1999)
Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, Giselle (1841), (1999)
DV8/Lloyd Newson, Enter Achilles (1995) and The Cost of Living (2003), (2003)
Pina Bausch, Café Müller (1978), Nelken (1982) and Die Klage der Kaiserin (1990), (2002)
Tiktok, Chicken Teriyaki challenge and Tot* challenge (2022), (2022)
Ultima Vez/Wim Vanderkeybus, Blush (2002), (2003)
ROSAS/Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker, Fase (1982), (2004)
Mary Wigman, Hexentanz (1914), (2012)
Graham technique (developed approx. 1930-50), (2001-04)
Martha Graham, Lamentation (1930), (2005)
Xavier Le Roy, Self Unfinished (1998), (2000)
Jiří Kylián, Bella Figura (1995), (1999)
Loie Füller, Serpentine dance (1891), (2006)
Isadora Duncan, The Blue Danube (1905), (1987)
Glen Tetley, The Tempest (1980), (2012)
*In accordance with Norwegian rules for fair use (Opphavsrett, fri bruk, sitat). **In order of appearance
In collaboration with Ultima Festival .