TREES is a make believe forest in motion, a digital fairytale to get lost inside – and belong to.
TREES lures you into a world of shadows where dancing is a thrill. You enter the woods, we show you how, lend you some moves, set-up the pace. You follow your mood, show us your moves then shadow us while we shadow you. And bang off we go, we stumble and crawl, tiptoe and roll, bundle up in a pile, spread far apart, lie down, rest and listen for a while. Carefully, one move after the next, by ragbags of shapes, we dwell into choreography, inside and about ourselves, and each other.
TREES is an event shaped by visitors, dancers, music, shadows and the forest, all tuning in each other. A choreography made of perceiving and responding and where dancing is a way of sharing.
TREES is performed with and by smaller groups of 15 to 20 visitors per event with the leading assistance of ccap dancers, and may last around 40 minutes. No previous dancing experience is required. The event is open to the general public from age 4, and a special version is available for children from age 2 as well as for people with different dis-abilities. TREES can also be presented as a site installation without dancers. TREES is much appreciated as interactive space for DJ sets (rave into the forest).
TREES is the interactive version of cut-outs & trees, a production commissioned by ENPARTS (European Network of Performing Arts), premiered at the Venice Dance Biennale in June 2010 and performed at London Dance Umbrella, MADE Festival in Umeå and Dansens Hus in Stockholm.
TREES has by now been performed 460 times. For and with several thousands of participants, in various spaces, and social circumstances. TREES has been performed at MoMA PS1 NY, Fabbrica Europa Florence, Växjö, Motala, and recurrently in Stockholm at Dansens Hus, Design Hall, Subtopia, and THE HALL in Farsta, where it will continue to perform throughout 2020.
Choreography Cristina Caprioli
Performers 2011 2012 Anja Arnquist, Linda Blomqvist, Emelie Johansson, Madeleine Lindh, Cecilia Olsen
Performers 2014 2015 Philip Berlin, Louise Dahl (2015), Marcus Doverud (2015), pavleheidler, Emelie Johansson, Madeleine Lindh, Stina Nyström (2014), Louise Perming, Pontus Petterson
Performers 2018 Anja Arnqvist, Ulrika Berg, Darío Barreto Damas, Louise Dahl, Hana Erdman, Alberto Franceschini, Frederic Gies, Mirko Guido, pavleheidler, Madeleine Lindh, Oliver Mahar, Louise Perming, Agnieszka Sjökvist Dlugoszewska, Elinor Tollerz Bratteby
Performers 2019 Anja Arnqvist, Philip Berlin, Anton Borgström, Mirko Guido, Oliver Mahar, Ninna Ooms, Louise Perming, Per Sacklén, Elinor Tollerz Bratteby
Space concept & design Cristina Caprioli, Panagiotis Michalatos
Space construction Panagiotis Michalatos, Björn Eriksson, Tobias Hallgren
Digital imagery & programming Panagiotis Michalatos
Sound score Opiate and Carsten Nicolai aka alva noto
Photography Håkan Larsson
Children’ s comments – age 4 Kindergarten Valen Stockholm
It was good; I layed down on the floor when you should lift up your legs. It was branches; we made a train between the branches. Sometimes you had to walk backwards and lift your butt. The music was a bit sad, I think, and it felt good. But the kids were running, and it was difficult to find them.
I followed a dancer it was fun to do. I was a bit shy too, I didn’t know them.
It was fun. It was like I felt lost in a forest in a strange country. I heard sneaking sounds. I saw small, small bugs then, small monsters. Here I drew when I danced like following the dancers.
I stretch them out and wave with them I hold onto them then.
Fun, I just run around it was dark. I heard music they had there, that music. I got really scared at first. I did that I helled onto them trees carefully. Looked for everyone, for what they were doing. One helled onto me, and I rolled slowly then. Then I rolled on the floor with them. Then I got dizzy then I walked again. All them stripes there, was trees.
I thought it was fun that we, I mean all we did. I did some movements and things that the other ones were doing. I clapped with my hands I drew. I laied down a little also as some of the dancers were doing. Music I heard, like sneaking things. Sometimes loud, sometimes quiet.
It was fun. I run there in the picture in between the branches. I followed Bianca she followed Sam.
I did kind of the same things the dancers were doing. It was so much fun. Sound and music was what I heard.
Fun, that they let you do movements. Because them others there who were dancing showed how to do movements. Here I am, arms out in the air and legs straight down. Melody I heard, loud sound it was, but it was not scary. I followed my mates how they did and the dancers too.