Extended – what memories remain of the dance?
A new solo by and with the choreographer Helena Franzén
Franzén dives deeply into a soloist work with the piece Extended, this time also as a dancer, “it is now or never” as she says. She continues her exploration around themes of time, sensory experience and the human memory. Is it possible to reclaim and gain ownership of a physical memory? What memories remain of the dance?
Extended is a retrospective solo, where memories from the past and present are merged and reinterpreted. Movement fragments appear and resurface, tracks and phrases once lost are rediscovered and form new physical sensations.
Together with Håkan Jelk’s projections and composer Jukka Rintamäki’s melancholy soundscapes, different meditative states are created, where humanity, choreography and nature exist on equal terms.
The solo Extended consists of a room within a room, a mobile stage constructed as a three-sided box of wood, where Helena dances framed by Håkan Jelk’s projections.
Projections that reflect exposed, rugged landscapes, fragments from Franzén’s and Jelk’s travels to Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Here the artificiality of technology interacts with the human body and the natural world.
The work allows the viewer an opportunity to approach the dance, sharpen their senses and physically experience the various delicate shifts and moods created by the music and images.
Extended is a celebration of the intelligence of the body and an offer of a mental space away from all the noise.
Choreography and dance: Helena Franzén
Music: Jukka Rintamäki
Costume: Helena Franzén / Tailoring company LiLaRo
Set-design: Håkan Jelk
Projections and photos: Håkan Jelk