Talking & Props. Ever losing / Olivia Riviere and Lisen Pousette

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Date & Time: 29/02/2020 21:00 - 22:00

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Talking & Props, Fourth Edition, is a festival of performance works dealing with language in relation to specific movement practices – as material and sound, or as a song or a spoken narrative. As an in-depth study of the vocal technique growling, a polyphony of voices exploring voice beyond speech, a chaos poetic dream song and a slowly evolving subtle conversation amongst a ring of listeners.

Contributors: The Disengaged Free Jazz Orchestra (Kajsa Wadhia and Maria Stiernborg), Moa Franzén, Tove Salmgren and Kajsa Wadhia, Vida Midgelow and Jane Bacon (UK), Olivia Riviere and Lisen Pousette along a program in the foyer, curated by Anna Westberg.

Talking & Props is a companion to the movement based practice initiated by Weld Company since 2013, inviting choreographers to create work with the theme ”No Talking, No Props”.



Photo:  Sophie Pousette

Ever losing
Olivia Riviere and Lisen Pousette

Ever losing is a duet that moves within broken time, re-entering past experiences in order to live with current losses.

With a background in choir singing and a shared interest in working with voice practices, Olivia Riviere and Lisen Pousette’s work departs from growling: a dark and aggressive male-coded vocal technique used in music styles such as death metal and grindcore. By breaking away from the stereotypes of metal music and its aesthetic clichés, the sound is twisted into relational images such as the hug, holding hands, dancing cheek to cheek – all elements of duality, twosomeness, friendship and lesbian love.

The idea of the broken permeates the piece, whether it is broken language, broken time or broken as in being indebted.

When death takes something from you give it back. – Naja Maria Aidt

Ever losing resists moving on or getting through. It stays at the site of loss and keeps returning to the loser’s, the broken one’s, position while listening to the sound of broken bodies.

Or, it is just two losers dancing in the break.

Choreography and performance: Lisen Pousette and Olivia Riviere
Sound: Karis Zidore
Sound design: Kristian Alexander
Costume consultance: Tove Dreiman
Light consultance: Jenny Larsson
Photos: Sophie Pousette

Thanks to Anna Efraimsson, Malin Arnell, Ulrika Berg, Tamara Alegre, Austeja Vilkaityte, Oda Brekke and Sara Gebran

Ever losing premiered at Fylkingen, Stockholm, February 2019.


Weld is supported by Stockholms stad, the Swedish Arts Council and Region Stockholm