Pressure - 2008
The solo piece "Pressure" by dancer and choreographer Inger-Reidun Olsen, is a personal imprint. In this performance she is leaning against inner and outer walls, fences, barriers, and borders - creating imprints which are expressed in the performance that the audience is invited to see. Rather than transgressing, Olsen meets and relates to expectations and pressure both from within and without.
As a dancer, Inger-Reidun Olsen works with letting the movements touch and open inner emotional and spiritual landscapes. For the choreographer Olsen, the task is to give this material a form in the encounter with the outer space and the audience. It concerns a form of dialogue, and also negotiation, between the personal and the social spheres through the use of voice and movement.
The performance situation already offers an outer pressure by the shere presence of the audience. A pressure from expectant gazes and the bodies seated facing the performer. In this situation there is also an inner pressure arising caused by the expectations of your own deliverance.
Most people relate to different kinds of inner and outer pressure from both the social and the personal or private. We all have a inner ”house” with walls and rooms created by our stories and experiences. These give us a frame work through which we perceive and experience the world. The walls of this house can be protective, threatening, some times pressing but also liberating. We have to learn to adapt and live with, and in dialogue with, the limitations that life offers.
by Camilla Eeg -Tverbakk
Photos: Elisabeth K.Nilsson. Dansens Hus i Oslo 2008 and .............. , Organhuas Chonhqing China 2009.
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