SNDO and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam present Mårten Spångberg: Renaissance

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From 5-16 December 2016 Mårten Spångberg is giving a workshop to SNDO 2 & 3, leading to a public event on the 16th of December at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Renaissance is a performance work resulting from invitation of SNDO – School for New Dance Development, extended to Swedish choreographer Mårten Spångberg to engage with 2nd and 3rd year students in a two weeks creation workshop leading towards a public presentation. This public presentation is made in close collaboration and partnership with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Together with a group of students Mårten Spångberg creates a live environment where dance and language is superimposed. Movement and speaking together offer a landscape of visceral vibration and hypnagogic hallucinations in which the spectators can dwell and forget. The situation is a lamentation on loss and mourning brought into the museum where it can be shared and become impersonal.

Renaissance is also a research intensive project into relations between time and representation. In particular the generative paradox opened where theatre and exhibition intersect, an intersection where time is oscillating between life and death, private and public, solitude and community, between tick tock and…

The proposal further explores social dynamics through the different contracts established by the theatre and respectively the museum. In what ways are those consolidating forms of viewing that in its turn authorize form of power, inclusion and exclusion? It’s in the eye of the beholder, as one says, but who is the beholder that is given permission for this gaze?
Renaissance here doesn’t refer to an epoch consolidating certain kinds of power, but instead to a re-birth of what the museum as well as the theatre can include and generate.

Finally, Renaissance implies a meta-perspective onto the contemporary fixation with dance in the museum expositing an etymology anchored in politics, economy and sociality.

Made with and by Ahmed Elgendy, Stina Fors, Mami Kang, Emile Lagarde, Netti Nuganen, Diego Oliveira, Mezhgan Saleh, Alexey Shkolnik, Maya Tamir, Laura van Bergem, Andreas Chanis, Emma Gioia, Laima Jaunzema, Michael Scerbo, Antonia Steffens, Charlie Laban Trier, Elisa Zuppini, Maciej Sado and Mårten Spångberg.

Commissioned by the SNDO – School for New Dance Development in close collaboration with and co-commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Supported by Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Date: Friday December 16
Time: 4 – 9.30pm
Language: English
Location: Stedelijk Museum, exhibition galleries 1.5, 1.6, 1.8 and 1.9
Admission: Museum card 3 E / students 10,50 E / regular 18 E
Reservations: It is not necessary to make a reservation for the ongoing performance
Tickets: Via the website of the Stedelijk Museum

Mårten Spångberg is a choreographer living and working in Stockholm. His interests concern choreography in an expanded field, something that he has approached through experimental practices and creative process in multiplicity of formats and expressions. He has been active on stage as performer and creator since '94, and has since '99 created his own choreographies, from solos to larger scale works, which has toured internationally. Under the label International Festival he collaborated with the architect Tor Lindstrand he engaged in social and expanded choreography. From 1996 – 2005 Spångberg organized and curated festivals in Sweden and internationally.?He initiated the network organization INPEX in 2006, has thorough experience in teaching both theory and practice and was director for the MA program in choreography at the Univ. of Dance in Stockholm 2008 - 2012. In 2011 his first book Spangbergianism was published.

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is an international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design.  The collection, exhibitions, publications, research and educational programmes offer unique and compelling insights into today’s world, reflecting on broader social issues, as well as those that influence individual lives.
In creating interactions between audiences and art, inspiration is drawn from dialogues with artists exploring the complex issues of past, present and future – as defined by artists and signalled by the museum – to deliver a programme that inspires. These activities are led by an active approach to sharing, caring for and renewing the renowned collection.
Within the Netherlands, the Stedelijk continually adapts and refine its role of pioneer in the field of art and design; internationally, the distinguished collection and exhibition programme enables the museum to act as a catalyst. The Stedelijk has always been, and remains, an advocate of fresh ideas and experimentation, encouraging critical discourse and a better understanding of the present through art and design.

SNDO – School for New Dance Development offers a full time four-year professional education course leading to a bachelor's degree in Art – Choreography.
The school was founded in 1975 as an attempt to find new directions for dance next to the existing forms and styles that dominated the field.
In the curriculum, the school establishes the conditions from which the creativity of the student can emerge. Reflection on the specific qualities of dance and performance as art forms is developed, and awareness of the body and the artistic implications of working with it take precedence.
The SNDO has built an international reputation and has students from more than forty different countries. This reputation and its excellent pool of alumni and guest teachers and artists continue to contribute to SNDO development and renewal, challenging and expanding upon established ways of making choreographies and performances. It is only possible to achieve this through the combination of an ongoing articulation of vision on art, society, and education, and the translation of this vision-in-movement into the school structure and the curriculum.
The SNDO is part of Academy of Theatre and Dance at the Amsterdam University of the Arts.