Institute of Interconnected Realities


Song of 8


Medium: Performance
Topic: Song of 8

In natural light and over the hour of sunset the audience experience an acapella vocal concert from the 3 performers on stage. The soundscapes arrive as a response to the moment in which they are being sung and not as pre-arranged material. The interplay of the three voices range from the harmonic to the dissonant, to the purely expressive. As the performers tone with their voices they move their bodies in figures of 8. The 8s act as an autonomous force, using the performer’s bodies to express themselves in different magnitudes and intensities. Watching the bodies move and listening to the songs the three voices create produces a constantly unfurling parade of associations: a cheap lapdance, seaweed on the ocean floor, ecstatic rapture, madness. It all happens in the mind of the watcher.

The research that resulted in Song of 8 started with the following question: When the visionary is supported by the power of the erotic what kind of new consciousness emerges? The figure 8 movement emerged as a way to stimulate the pleasure centre of the body by connecting polarities in a constantly elaborating dance. The voicing practice allows an expression of what the 8 created as well as an access to the higher places in the body’s vertical axis, places that are traditionally associated with blind site, clairvoyance and intuition. By keeping their eyes outward on the audience and by committing to the simplicity of the form the performers enter realms of the subconscious, it is an act that takes the audience down with them.

Song of 8 is the last in a trilogy of works that play at the boundary of recognisable reality. Through presenting a clearly visible practice in which repetition always brings something new, known reality is deformed and new landscapes become visible.
Like the two previous performances in the trilogy Song of 8 work with the performer as a channeling body, the witness as participant, and practice over the preset dance.


Concept and choreography:

Ida-Elisabeth Larsen, Marie-Louise Stentebjerg, Jonathan Bonnici

Ida-Elisabeth Larsen, Marie-Louise Stentebjerg, Jonathan Bonnic

Textile Installation:
Lærke Valum

Textile assistants:
Emilie Strøm, Christian Schytt Fisker, Marie Holmegaard Hansen, Mathilde Helbo

Laura Emilie Andersen Lausen

Voice consultant:
Emma Bonnici

Dramaturgical support:
Anders Paulin & Eleanor Bauer

Henriette Bjørn

Bodywork and guidance:
Christine Borch

Jeffrey Scott Stratton & Morten Bencke & Rune Svenningsen

Jeffrey Scott Stratton & På Den Anden Side/Morten Bencke

Graphic design:
Sam Moore

Gry Raaby



Dansehallerne, MDT & Bora Bora through the Nordic Residency Exchange Program

Supported by:
Statens Kunstfond, Knud Højgaards Fond, William Demant Fonden

Thank you:
PDAS Biennale 2020, Andreas Liebmann/Tårnby Park Festival, Aaben Dans

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