MWF festival pass
“What if'' echoes in the old ferry terminal of Birka cruises (RIP!), now turned into a new culture point named Stadsgårdsterminalen. For MWF 2022 we ask ourselves “Can a dance and performance festival become a site for speculating alternative futures?” Through the now, though the then? Through togetherness and through choreographic experiments that can only render us into the unknown.
My Wild Flag is a festival and a choreography, inviting international guests to Stockholm showing performance arts, danceworks and social choreographies in new spaces for thinking. Come for some self-pleasure, erotic togetherness, imagination, intuition and alternative histories occupying space and time together.
My Wild Flag is initiated, organised and curated by Karina Sarkissova and Pontus Pettersson. Graphic design by Michael Fowler. Documentation by Vladyslav Kamensky. Technical crew: Em, Jonatan Winbo and Lumination of Sweden.
With support from Stockholm City Council of Culture, Swedish Arts Council and Nordic Culture Point. For 2022, MWF is collaborating with Danscentrum Stockholm, Dansens Hus, Kollektivet Livet and Lumination of Sweden.
GALLERTE by wicked enterprise
Cynical conservatism flavoured with the forces of inertia, censorship and dehumanisation is haunting the world leaving bloody stains with its necropolitics. In search of potential conditions for ontological and epistemological change, it’s crucial to examine its discursive tools, tricks and traps. Departing from Audre Lord’s statement that the Master's tools will never dismantle the Master's House, the piece is to investigate what the House is made of and what kind of tools may dismantle it?
wicked enterprise is an artist, researcher and writer. They work with text, video, choreography, performance and collaborative practices. Their lines of research include body politics and labour within the new economic regimes. Their most recent work looks into hegemonic ideologies permeating the post-soviet art field and how they affect resource distribution. Currently, they are interested in broadening the picture by exploring possible models of cultural politics and protocols that produce and sustain decolonial knowledge. They worked for socially engaged theatre and contemporary dance scene with a highlight on collaborative work. They are also a member and co-founder of a media activist collective dealing with labor politics in art and academia in post-soviet contexts.
wicked enterprise´s presentation will be followed by a talk with Masha Kotlyachkova.
Masha Kotlyachkova has worked at a number of institutions as well as independently on arts projects both as a curator and a producer in Austria, Sweden, Norway and Russia; she has a MA in Philosophy from Stockholm University and a MA in Art Management from Manchester University. She worked as curator at Pikene på Broen (Norway) before taking over producer's role at MDT Stockholm. Recent curated projects include CAMP AS ONE residency 2020 (Russia) and a series of research residencies that resulted in the festival Barents Spektakel 2021 (Norway). Masha is interested in working with curated residencies of a collective body, as a cure to current liquid capitalist modernity that wants us to be alone.
GONER by Marikiscrycrycry
GONER is a new solo work in development by London-based choreographer and artist Malik Nashad Sharpe that looks towards both quotidien and fantastical forms of horror as an experiential choreographic technology.
Malik Nashad Sharpe is an artist working with choreography. Creating primarily underneath the aliases Marikiscrycrycry and Dark Marik, he creates performances that are formally engaged with the construction of atmosphere, affect, and dramaturgy.
Repertory N.2 by Davi Pontes & Wallace Ferreria
Repertory N.2 is the second part of a choreographic experiment to think of dance as a practice of self-defense. Using deviant and informal techniques, we bet on an alternative, underground genealogy of self-defensive practices. With these choreographies, we assume the commitment to think critically about the world we live in, performing the operation of choreographing between imagination and intuition, trying to free thought from the tools of understanding.
NOTE: A talk will be followed after the second performance on Saturday of Repertory N.2 will be a talk between Davi Pontes, Wallace Ferreira and independent curator André Lepecki.
Dykegeist by Eve Stainton
My Wild Flag presents Dykegeist, a new choreographic work from Manchester-born London- based artist Eve Stainton. With a sound world conceived and performed by musician Mica Levi.
Dykegeist is interested in unravelling and complicating the archetypal narratives assigned to the lesbian predator creature. During the live event, aesthetics shift between a supernatural gothic thriller, a 90’s sci-fi spider lair, a haunted Manchester club scene, an abstract horror-scape, gateways gravel grunge, a social situation to discuss threat/ the phobic/ consent, emptiness and charged-ness.
Afterlife by Louis Schou-Hansen & Karoline Bakken Lund
Afterlife is an alternative history, a site for speculation and ambiguous interpretations of a renaissance that never really happened. The work flirts with the idea of the death of classical ballet, while leaning into subtle irrationalities and dark humor. Afterlife revisits the origins of the ballet at the Renaissance. A time when the genre was mostly made out of folk dances for white aristocracies, and where a history of violence began to take course. By playing with counterfactual fantasies and “what if” questions, Afterlife breaks into, and re-imagines the foundations of the classical ballet and its possible other futures. Three performers explore reconstructions and the absurd symbolic gestures of original dances from the late renaissance. They seek to alter oppressive narratives, they look for common grounds and aim to infiltrate a history that never belonged to them.