Mermaid of the Hypersea was performed at Det Frie Felts Festival 2019 (Copenhagen), at DANSEatelier take'over @ Den Frie Udstillingsbygning (Copenhagen), DANSEatelier: Drama (Copenhagen), Fordärvet (Malmø) and at M100 (Odense) as a part of Dance All Year Long.
Mermaid of the Hypersea
Mermaid of the Hypersea is a somatic and performative research on being a body of water, set in a choreographic context. It is a dance with and by the water we all carry inside, the water we are and the water that passes through us and blurs boundaries between you, me and us - the human and the non-human. The ‘Hypersea’ is what Dianna & Mark McMenamin calls water we, all living organisms, carry within. Mermaid of the Hypersea works on getting in touch with this common inner sea by working in borderland where bodies of water are transformed, where bodies dissolve and where the imagination, the sensual, the performative and the fictional creates an overall understanding of an aqueous body.
The origins of the performance strikes back to a lifetime of fascination of mermaids and works with the mermaid as a mythical figure that represents liquidity as well as being a diva and queer persona in between species. It searches for empowerment through this figure that allows sensitivity, fragility, emotionality and femininity. Through spending time with body liquids, singing, dancing, making tea, moving and pouring bodies of water the performance manifest itself as a ritual of becoming a mermaid of the hypersea.
Pictures by Søren Meisner at Det Frie Felts Festival 2019