Playground (working title) is a dance performance with a planned premiere during the autumn of 2023, with four artists on stage. In this piece, we want to explore group dynamics and the role of the individual in the meeting with others, through interactive elements that explore communication through games and play. What roles do we take in interacting with others? What happens when the roles or rules change? And when does a game stop being a game? Memory Wax has previously collaborated with the Cuban dance company Danza Teatro Retazos. With Playground, we will continue the collaboration in order to deepen the production’s theme in the two countries’ very different starting points.
Games and playfulness are the basic inspiration for the show and will therefore serve as a starting point that inspires and permeates the artistic creation. A large part of the development of the work will take place through interactive workshops with different organizations/groups and individuals, at different locations in the Skåne region and in Cuba. The purpose of the workshops is to create a safe environment, where we can observe and explore together to see how our behavior changes depending on the different constellations and situations we find ourselves in.
Playground’s production periods will be conducted in Havana, Cuba, with nearby locations, as well as at various places in the Skåne region. With this piece, our work, both artistically and towards our audience, will be further enriched. Our international and regional cultural exchange provides multiple dimensions and inputs to the theme of the production. The target group for this performance is young adults and adults (from 13 years and up).
PLAYGROUND WHATSAPP SERIES
During the spring and summer 2021 Memory Wax and the Cuban dance company Danza Teatro Retazos started a WhatsApp group. In respect to the Covid -19 situation it was necessary to work on distance with the performance Playground. The Cuban dancers are given instructions and directions from Sweden by choreographer Miguel Azcue. The exercise focus on the everyday interaction with spaces and objects as a way to create and express connections.
Instructions given to the dancers are,
” Explore the potential in objects to evoke impulses, images, actions, characters, and situations.”
“Explore the potential of playing with the object to interact with others, for example the audience.”
“Explore the space as a way to develop further our connection to the environment, things, and people, and crystalize ideas for characters, situations and actions.”
We always return to three concepts, magic, simplicity, imagination. The words are worn out, almost a cliché. Still, why complicate it?
Our experience is – if we emanate simplicity and use our imagination, the magic will appear.