Brynjar Åbel Bandlien is a dancer, a facilitator of dance and Ph.D.-candidate at Oslo National Academy of the Arts - Department Dance. Over the last weekend of November 2019, Bandlien presented the result of his artistic research project Dancing Recurrences – a performative practice within dance and dance-making.
The project was presented between 13:00 and 16:00 on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November as well as Sunday 1 December 2019 in the Studio at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter at Høvikodden outsiden Oslo, Norway.
Dancer researchers: Brynjar Åbel Bandlien, Ann Christin Berg Kongsness, Roza Moshtaghi, Magnus Myhr and Marte Reithaug Sterud. Filmed and edited by Josh Lake and music by Myuu (soundcloud.com/myuu).
Supported by Oslo National Academy of Dance and Norwegian Artistic Research Program now Diku
Dancing Recurrences – a performative practice within the field of dance and dance making
by Brynjar Åbel Bandlien
My research project aims to articulate and develop a performative practice that I have been working on over the last fifteen years. This practice can be applied to artistic processes within the field of dance and dance making.
When a creative process is fully underway, certain situations, events, actions, movements, and states can be recognized as recurrent within the process. Recurrences, rather than being created or produced, manifest or emerge from the dancer´s practice. Once they have been recognized they can be understood and pursued as a forming aspect of artistic processes.
The artistic aim has been to follow, participate, co-create and navigate in artistic processes using recurrences. The performative practice of recurrences is articulated by the presentations of #dancingrecurrences and the reflection materials of my dissertation. My two research questions are:
How can the practice of recurrences become a way to understand artistic work as it develops?
How can working with recurrences become both a performative practice within artistic processes and an artistic work in and of itself?
I have been researching these questions from the position of a dancer, and I have asked these questions in different ways; through dance, through drawing and by interviewing other artists, dancers and dance makers. I have initiated my own research process; #dancingrecurrences, together with four other dancer researchers, starting from practice and from there moving on to reflection. I approach recurrences both as a practice and a reflection, with the assumption that within a dancer´s practice the mind and body are so deeply connected that they cannot be considered separately. Reflection is a physical process as well as a mental one, and practice is a conceptualization process as well as a physical activity.
At the same time as I have been researching these questions on my own, they have been explored following the artistic processes of the project Amphibious Trilogies by Amanda Steggell, professor of choreography at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO). This makes the project an interesting collaboration both structurally and in content. However, in the final presentation of my work the focus will be on Dancing Recurrences and #dancingrecurrences.
The work has resulted in a final publication of my reflections based on the findings informed by the artistic processes. The performative practice has resulted in three public presentations.
RECURRENCES I - a physical lecture by Brynjar Åbel Bandlien at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo, Norway. 1st of october 2017. English. 1 hour.
With Brynjar Åbel Bandlien, Roza Moshtaghi and Kai Johnsen
Recurrences I is the first part of Bandliens artistic research as a fellow at Oslo National Academy of the Arts - department dance (KHiO) in the Norwegian Artistic Research Program (NARP)
Sound: Espen Hådi-Siverts
Thanks to Chrysa Parkinson, Frank Bock and Amanda Steggell
RECURRENCES II - mezmerizing
a shared practice by Brynjar Åbel Bandlien
at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway
Saturday 7. april 2018
With Ann-Christin Berg Kongsnes, Brynjar Åbel Bandlien,
Magnus Myhr, Marte Reithaug Sterud and Roza Moshtaghi
RECURRENCES II - mezmerizing is the second part of
Brynjar Åbel Bandlien´s PhD-project as a research fellow at
Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Norway in the
Norwegian Artistic Research Program
Thanx to Frank Bock, Kai Johnsen, Chrysa Parkinson and
Program information: #mezmerizingrecurrences