Water @ Weld #2: A Dog Called Drama

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Date & Time: 28/05/2022 19:00 - 20:00

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A Dog Called Drama
an auto fictional dance and sound performance by Pontus Pettersson

In the spring of 2020, Pontus started playing the accordion, a solitary practice and vibrational endeavor, both spiritually and physically, seen as the motion of waves and breath, a perpetual drive.

A Dog Called Drama is Pontus research project All Departures Are Waves, cast in singular form through Pontus own history, practice, and dance. Somewhere between a concert, auto-fictional writing, and ah, yes, choreography. In the solo Pontus plays and tells stories from aqueous embodiment and desires, vibrating the space, as to move the audience from inside out. The flesh becomes one.

If the performance has a shadow, it will lead us to a male figure, yet, like wet paint it moves with gravity, becoming material, far from an image. At night, when the shadows dance in the absence of the sun, sounds like vibrations, a wavy sphere is created from which the calling of the ocean is imagined, conjuring the past to move forward.


Water @ Weld #2

Water @ Weld #2 is a compilation of works that examines one of the world’s most common and anomalous materials, water. As a performative anthology, the six days at Weld manifests the ongoing research of Swedish choreographer and artist Pontus Pettersson and his project All Departures Are Waves, presenting different aspects and works related, or in dialogue with this longer project, spanning between the years 2019-2023.

For the second edition of Water @ Weld Pontus works together with sound artist Hara Alonso to create a new work, Clepsydra, a musical installation of touch, sound/ing, gestures and water. As well as working on the similar legacy of score writing, found in both western contemporary dance and music.

Some new “tracks” are added to the performance of A Dog Called Drama, Pontus solo version of the research where he plays the accordion and tells stories from aqueous embodiment and desires, somewhere between a concert and auto-fictional writing.

Invited is also dancer and choreographer Adam Seid Tahir to teach the workshop Undrowned lessons and skeletal speculations, based on some speculative proposals and somatic scores developed in relation to the book Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals written by American writer and activist Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

All Departures Are Waves focuses on the material, ecological, performative and ethical qualities that water can entail, as a vital fact for all living things. By looking at water, maybe even being water, we can find new paths for an all-encompassing, all living, ethics and politics. Anchoring this project is the concept Hydrofeminism, coined by phenomenologist and gender scholar Astrida Neimanis. By looking at water, maybe even being water, we can find a new path for feminism as an all-encompassing, for all living, ethics and politics.


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