TREES is a make believe digital forest to step into and become one with the trees. The forest moves and is overloaded by shadows – scary, foreign, fascinating the forest allures you into the shadows. You enter the woods and dwell into a thrill. Uncertain figures dancing among the trees link themselves to your shadow, lend you some moves, and set-up the pace. You follow your mood, show them your moves, shadow them while they shadow you. And off you go, stumble and crawl, tiptoe and roll, bundle up in a pile, spread apart, toss your limbs, leap and run, then lie quietly down and rest for a while. Carefully, one move after the next, you dwell into choreography, inside and about yourselves and each other.
TREES is a crowd in motion paving for receptive participation. A reciprocal event shaped by visitors, dancers, music, shadows and the forest tuning each other in. Choreography made of perceiving and responding – a place that mobilizes our senses and where dancing is a way of sharing.
TREES is performed for, with and by smaller groups of visitors with the leading assistance of ccap dancers, and lasts around 40 minutes. No previous dancing experience is required. The event is open to the general public from age 4. A special version is performed for children from age 2 and for people with various disabilities (which is widely appreciated). TREES is also presented as a site installation without dancers.
TREES is an interactive version of the ccap production ”cut-outs & trees” commissioned by ENPARTS (European Network Performing Arts) premiered at the Venice Biennale June 2010, performed at Dance Umbrella in London, MADE Festival in Umeå and recurrently at Dansens Hus in Stockholm.
TREES was premiered at Dansens Hus in Stockholm December 2011 and performed throughout Januari 2012. TREES was then resumed in the fall 2014, and performed at the Design Hall in Stockholm, in co-production with c.off project KROPPSFUNKTION, and in collaboration with Danscentrum and Dansistan. In Spring 2015 TREES guested MoMA PS1 in New York and the festival Fabbrica Europa in Florence, fall 2015 the Regionteatern in Växjö and in again collaboration with Dansistan in Sockholm. By the end of 2015 TREES has been performed 223 times, and will continue to be many more times during the next years – nationally and internationally.
During January and February of 2018 TREES was performed at Subtopia in Alby in collaboration with Botkyrka kommun, Dansistan, Riksteatern, RättBuss and Subtopia. With support from Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm County Council and City Council of Stockholm.
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), Pavle Heidler, Emelie Johansson, Madeleine Lindh, Stina Nyström (2014), Louise Perming, Pontus Petterson
Performers 2018 Anja Arnqvist, Ulrika Berg, Louise Dahl, Frederic Gies, Pavle Heidler, Madeleine Lindh, Louise Perming, Agnieszka Sjökvist Dlugoszewska
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
TREES full documentation https://vimeo.com/39720557
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.