A call for self-reflection in a time of identity crises with growing tendencies to construct and emphasize ones own roots both personally, nationally and politically.
Artistic Direction, Concept and Design: Kasper Hansen and Sophie Bellin-Hansen
Choreographer: Martin Forsberg
Dancers: Lydia Östberg Diakité, Joel Fritzon, Josefine Ibsen, Camille Marchadour, My Nilsson, Daniel Jeremiah Persson
Costume Choreographic Consultant: Lea Anderson
Historic Dress Consultant: Mikkel Venborg Pedersen
Costume Supervisor and Maker: Sophie Bellin Hansen
Costume Maker: Mari Halebro
Knit: Galina Gorneva
Textile Print: Contrado
Embroidery: AL Broderi
Footwear Adaptation: Kasper Hansen
Flag Production: Lipuvabrik
Project Administration: Jens Christian Jensen, Projektcentret
The Danish Arts Foundation
The Knud Højgårds Fondation
Presented by and in collaboration with:
The National Gallery of Denmark
NATIONAL UDSTILLING (National Exhibition) is a choreographic installation that relentlessly progress through and annex museum spaces. The performers bodies move at an unsettling slow pace constantly producing mesmerizing and ever changing tableaux.
With an allegoric contemporary national dress in its centre the work poses reflections on mono- culture, national pride and national branding. Large discoloured flags are spread across the museum and offer ambiguous expressions of celebration and violence.
National Udstilling takes the deliberate international branding of ‘Denmark’ and ‘New Nordic’ as a case study and draws parallels to national romanticism and the nationalistic uprisings that swept across Europe in the second half of the 19th century. Reemerging tendencies that previously led to catastrophic consequences.
It is performed over a period of four hours by six contemporary dancers among museum visitors to the bare sounds of bodies, dripping saliva and steps amplified by purpose made percussion- sports-clogs.
National Udstilling was initiated by KASPERSOPHIE from a starting point in design and craft and created in collaboration with invited choreographer Martin Forsberg. It premiered at the National Gallery of Denmark in January 2018.