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Photos taken by Bernadette Keating

Premiered in September 2021


Concept and Direction: Clara Sjölin 

Creation and Performance: Sean Murray, Camilla Isola, Clara Sjölin

Costume and Scenic Design: Andrea Garcia Vasquez 

Molded Dances is a sophisticated but naive dance performance, mixing the nerdy study of Laban’s dance notation system and the strive for a free life. With inspiration taken from the alternative community that took place at Monte Verità in Switzerland in the early 1900’s, Clara Sjölin is together with her collaborators investigating the wish to withdraw oneself from society to instead explore a lifestyle liberated from imposed rules.


The choreographic framework and the spatial structures reinforce the performers’ movements as much as they restrict and mold. Their dancing obeys the order, still they also manifest a myriad of emancipations where the distinction between what is enslaving and what is freeing blurs. They dance in unity and on their own, well planned and in aimless improvisations, they follow the given task and their own instinct. Whilst the performers liberate themselves from one set of rules, they are confronted with the establishment of another set of them.

Gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen. Diese Maßnahme wird mitfinanziert durch Steuermittel auf der Grundlage des vom Sächsischen Landtag beschlossenen Haushaltes.


Med stöd av Dans i Västerbotten.

Research and Development was supported through #TakeCareResidenzen. Gefördert vom Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. 

Filmed by Hannah Sieben

Video by Matthias Gruner

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