Picture: Yaniv Cohen

Picture: Yaniv Cohen

Mia Habib

A song to...

A song to... by Mia Habib is the choreography of a mass movement in both senses of the word: the Norwegian choreographer brings 16 professional dancers and up to 30 non-professionals onto the stage, choreographing their naked bodies as pure materiality.  

In a critical engagement with mass protests, concepts of monumental art as a political instrument and research into swarm intelligence, Mia Habib stages the multiplicity of the bodies as a critical mass: representation, overpowering and mass dynamics, but also singularity and isolation. In this setting, the audience is presented with ambivalent mass dynamics and bodies which purposefully refuse singular interpretations, which the choreography draws on. Running and falling, moving in circles and sculptural tableaus, the bodies – which are permanently transforming and taking on new forms which are at turns animalistic, artificial, sacral or object-like – receive new ascriptions of meaning. The nudity performs the supposed naturalness of bodies, and exposes the naked truth of what it means to be human, where the question of whether we are looking at a human, an object or an animal loses all importance.

At the festival

September 2016
Choreography Mia Habib
Dramaturgy Jassem Hindi
Lighting Design Ingeborg Olerud
Sound Jassem Hindi
Choreographic Assistent Jon Filip Fahlstrøm, Karen Høybakk Mikalsen
Assistance Choreography Extras Linn Christine Ragnarsson
Assistant Extras Berlin Jana Mendelski
Created with and performed by Asaf Ahronson, Povilas Bastys, keyon gaskin, Ida Gudbrandsen, Tarek Halaby, Shantelle Jackson, Oskar Landström, Hanna Mjåvatn, Przybyslaw Paz, Ingunn Rimestad, Kira Juliane Senkpiel, Harald Beharie, Hedda Rivrud, Linn Christine Ragnarsson, Nina Wollny, Cecilie Lindeman Steen and guests from Berlin
With Tizo All, Leonie Bitto, Rachel Bo Clark, Chani Bockwinkel, Sarah Bouars, Justina Brazaite, Drury Brennan, Fabien Chas, Uli Decker, Adrian Grützeling, Katarzyna Guzowska, Federico Hewson, Sergej Jerpyliov, Thomas Kellner, Julia Klockow, Maryanna Lachmann, Anajara Laisa Amarante, Sva Li Levy, Leva Liela, Sebastian Luzzi, Marc Phillips, Rodolfo Piazza Pfitscher da Silva, Frank Reedom, Jens Remmers, Carolina Priego Rendo, Maya Raghavan, Norbert Schallau, Julian Schnorr, Diana Thielen, Valentina Wong, Benjamin Zachariah, Jon Zimmerman, Marie Zwinzscher
Thanks to Sandy Williams, Loan Ha, Jon Filip Fahlstrøm, Jules Beckman, Fie Dam Mygind
Production Eva Grainger
Pre-Production Morten Kippe
International production and tour management Karene Lyngholm
Video installation Kaja Hugin
Produktion Mia Habib Production
Coproduktion Dansens Hus, BIT Teatergarasjen, Theater Freiburg, ULTIMA Festivalen, Carte Blanche und Bærum Kulturhus - regionalt kompetansesenter for dans.
In collaboration with Dansarena Nord, SITE Sweden,  Vigelandsmuseet, Emanuell Vigelands museum, Kedja 2015, Dans i Nord-Trøndelag und Fjelldansen.
With the support of Norsk Kulturråd, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Nordisk Kulturfond und STIKK - Danse- og teatersentrum / Performing Arts Hub Norway / Norwegisches Außenministerium

Duration 90 minutes