LOND MALMBORG

99 Words for Void

/Estonia-Sweden/

Our fundamental values are under threat! In this performance we meet two knights who are sent out to defend them, while their dilemma is that they are not sure of what these values are. Their reaction is not to separate from the super-ego which has put them where they are, but to imitate its behaviour, its sounds. By repeating well known rhetoric figures the knights are learning how to speak. And by speaking, they are also adapting to the ideological structure their language includes. The result is a recognisable rhetoric feedback loop of statements and answers, where an answer never is a critique but an add on to the statement made - a dialogue without dialectics. Thereby the piece puts a disturbing observation into play: that dialogue is not always a form of encounter, but sometimes a method of censorship. "99 Words for Void" is set in an experienced dissonance built into the European model of mixing neoliberal politics with humanist rhetoric. A dissonance which easily can produce a feeling of ideological alienation. This piece functions as a platform where this alienation can be experienced and grow. Lond and Malmborg create a cozy-claustrophobic world where the hope for an utopia ahead has been erased and substituted with wishes for an immediate utopian experience, for instance a cup of perfectly brewed coffee.

Maike Lond Malmborg (1981) has made a few works worth mentioning as they have brought her some recognition. Her career started out excellently when her graduation work "Sirquit Garden(07)" was nominated for the René Coelho Award of the Netherlands Media Art Institute. Then a few years of silence followed, until 2009 when together with Riina Maidre she got her first international break-trough with "Postuganda", a concert-performance appreciated both by the sexist and queer/feminist audience. After that she did a bit of this and that until the magical moment of winning the Grand Prix of Estonian Cultural Endowment with the big-scale fictional exhibition "Manfred MIM retrospective" made by the artist collective MIMproject of which she is a founding member. After that she hit the real bottom and started asking money from strangers, which ended up in the very successful performance-lecture entitled "10 journeys to a place where nothing happens*" that has been touring actively in Europe since 2013 and will continue to do so during 2016. At the moment she's got nothing to complain about.

Iggy Lond Malmborg (1987) is a freelance actor and performance maker based in Malmö, Sweden. Though a formation in traditional acting (the Theatre academy of Malmö) his pieces spans over a wide range of aesthetics and styles, both solo and collaborative work. Malmborgs main artistic interest is to use the actual situation of the performance event as a model onto which the pieces discourse directly can be applied. Since 2009 he is collaborating together with Johannes Schmit (GER) under the name White on White. The duo runs a performance series, until today including 6 autonomous works. The series aims to analyze hidden methods of inclusion and exclusion art-spaces contain. Instead of following the trend of questioning the theatrical norm through temporary representation of minorities, they intend to make the standard itself vulnerable by framing it. Thereby giving - an often overseen - power a face. In 2014 his latest solo work "b o n e r" premiered at the Baltic Circle Festival in Helsinki. The piece has toured actively during 2015 to festivals and venues such as AUAWIRLEBEN (Bern), Sophiensäle (Berlin), Bastard (Trondheim) and Spielart (Munich) and it will also continue touring during 2016.

Johan Jönson (1966) is a Swedish poet and playwright based in Stockholm. He had his major breakthrough with the collection of poems entitled "Efter Arbetsschema" (2008), for which he received Aftonbladets literature prize as well as a nomination to the Nordic Council Literature Prize. Before the breakthrough Jönson had published books such as "Collobert Orbital" (2006) "Virus" (2004) and "I Krigsmaskinen", a series of five books: "Nod Noll", "Minnen av kroppar I rörelse och vila", "Karma inertia", "Transvektor", "Aggregat som muterar" (2001-2002). He has also written plays for the independent theatre group Teatermaskinen, amongst them the trilogy "gränsmaterial ww4" (1999), "extasy +/- 0" (2001) and "woyzekmaskinen" (2003). At Albert Bonniers Förlag he had published the lyric books "Monomtrl" (2005) and "Restarkivet" (2007). After the breakthrough came "Livdikt" (2010), which was nominated for the August Prize, and "med.bort.in" (2012), which is followed by "mot.vidare.mot" (2014), a text without an end, with an absent synthesis, a work of montage which locates it self as close as possible to the unreachable processes of life.

Kalle Tikas (1974) has been engaged with theatre works for two almost decades. He has created mainly sound and light solutions for theatre as well as live and written music for contemporary performances. For years he has been working with united dancers of ZUGA and MIMproject as well as musical collectives BF and Ringhold.

 


 

By and with: Maike Lond Malmborg, Iggy Lond Malmborg

Dramaturge: Johan Jönson

Technical solutions: Kalle Tikas

Technical support: Taavet Jansen, Revo Koplus

Production manager: Eneli Järs

Assistant: Mairika Plakso

Photos: Tarvo Hanno Varres

Co-producers: Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Baltoscandal Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Teaterhuset Avant Garden

This project is co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

Supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia

Residency support: Nordic-Baltic Mobility Program

In collaboration with: Inkonst

 


 

Premiere: 11.11.2015, Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Tallinn

Duration: 95 min

The performance is in English.

PS. You can not leave the theatre during the performance.

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