Baroque Architecture and Submission


Vision Forum has for many years been developing many collaborations between visual art and choreography. We are proud to announce a project by Choreographer Carima Neusser with the title “Baroque Architecture and Submission.” It is a performance that investigate spaces: imaginary and real, in the body and in architecture.  In it two dancers move slowly without interacting with each other. They move from tableau to tableau and we do not know if they are afflicted by inhumane apathy, dumbstruck by a pleasure avalanche or blissfully following a heavenly light in their souls.

Baroque Architecture and Submission is born from Choreographer Carima Neusser’s meeting with baroque churches in Central America. Through the spaces and images she investigates how the architecture of the church seeks out infinity, ecstasy and dissolution of the self. Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini’s work has played a particularly important role in the development of the performance. She takes inspiration from his sculptures where spirituality and submission meet with romantic ideals. The women that his white marble depict are at the same time visions of asceticism and intense sexual pleasure – they cannot be distinguished. In the ecstasy, body and spirituality meet.

In the performance the audience is invited to be an active part of the images that are played out. The audience create, shape and experience the rooms and the tableaux. They become part of the work by acting as extras, sculptures, props and viewers so that the boundaries between these are blurred. The project creates new forms of work in the border between dance, architecture and visual arts.

The project includes participants from many European countries: Adriano Wilfert Jensen, Siri Jennefelt, Emilia Rota, Carola Uehlken, Sara Gurevitsch, John Andrew Wilhite and Isabella Pasqualini. It is supported by The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The City of Stockholm, The Swedish Arts Council and the Nordic Culture Fund. It has been developed in partnership with with Curatorial Mutiny, MKP and has been developed at Dansens Hus and in Stockholm and well as Danssationen in Malmö. It has been shown at multiple venues in Sweden and Finland and will travel to Germany, Switzerland and France in the near future.