CLARA J:SON BORG
A choreographic novell regarding space
Performance / 30 min / Performed by Clara J:son Borg
Produced and performed as a part of the studio grant from Jönköpings Läns Museum and Jönköpings Regions Kulturråd, Sweden
The performance is a dance, a story, a lecture, and a soundscape. Together they investigate ideas around choreographic and social notations of production of space; How do ideas make us move? How do the
movements become producers of space and how does this in turn establish cultures?
The investigations mainly thrive from theory in the book Production of Space written by the French philosopher and sociologist Henri Lefebvre. This, as the work aims to look at western philosophical thinking and writing and to understand its choreographic content. It is also an act of translating a male writer’s choreographic language onto a female body’s movements: What is held between the written words and the moving body? What is lost?
The stories told in the work are based on conversations. One which the artist had with a friend from Brazil, just establishing a life in Sweden and their encounter with a western social choreography. The other two were conversations the artist had with archaeologists working at the museum where the work was produced. They describe the ways they as archaeologists produce space by looking in a certain way that they are trained to.