Permeable bodies and sound fields – choreography and sonic strategies

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As a sound artist working mostly within a site-specific embodied frame – creating audiowalks, installations and field-recording based composition – I have been fascinated by the way in which contemporary choreography has embraced sonic strategies. I am thinking of a specific Nordic constellation of choreographers whose work I have followed and experienced (on-site and in presence): from Nadja Hjorton’s (Radio Dance, 2012) embodied radio-essay; to Stina Nyberg’s (Splendour, 2014; Skvallret, 2020) reconfiguration of the entrainment between beat and motion, and playful uses of the intrinsic authority of the amplified voice; from Alma Söderberg’s (Idioter, 2014 [with Hendrik Willekens]; Deep Etude, 2018) breath-taking polyrhythmic exploration of voice and motion as modulators of spatial intensities; to Ofelia Jarl Ortega’s (Donnie, 2015) sonic manoeuvring through intimate ecologies of entangled bodies.
From the field of sound arts, there is a counter-point to this emancipatory choreographic appropriation of sound’s potential. Sound artists have also been inspired by the spatial-temporal-relational lexicon choreography has established, by its renewed exploration of the agency of the situated body. The growing interest in the audiowalk format combined with site-specific performative engagement, exemplifies how the listeners’ bodies can be presented with a partiture of motion – where to walk, how to stand, where to look, what to notice – and how the option of following or resisting, trusting or second-guessing, immediately introduces power dynamics into play.
Permeable bodies and sound fields is a short (30 min.) sonically augmented exploration of this intersection between choreographic practice and sonic strategies. It is part presentation (1) / part lecture-performance (2) / part off-venue intervention (3). I will talk you through thoughts while playing sounds (1 & 2), and a GPS-tagged audiowalk (3) expansion of my presentation will be accessible on the grounds and surroundings of the Danish National School of Performing Arts – a site-specific intangible sound installation. The participants will be free to experience this last on their own time, using their own bodies, mobile devices and headphones.
Periode5 jul. 20228 jul. 2022
Begivenhedstitel15th NOFOD Conference: Moving, relating, commanding. Choreographies for bodies, identities and ecologies.
PlaceringKøbenhavn, DanmarkVis på kort
Grad af anerkendelseInternational


  • Artistic Research
  • Choreography
  • Embodiment
  • Sound Art
  • Performance