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  • Name: It´s definitely the spiritual thing
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  • Created by: Halla Ólafsdóttir and Nadja Hjorton
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  • Director: Halla Ólafsdóttir and Nadja Hjorton
  • Music: Marilyn Manson, Rage Against The Machines, The White Stripes, Metallica, Guns N´Roses, Queen
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  • Lights: Viktor Wendin
  • Choreographer: Halla Ólafsdóttir and Nadja Hjorton
  • Performers: Halla Ólafsdóttir and Nadja Hjorton and sometime featuring Susanna Leibovici
  • Touring information
  • -Premiered at Myfestival at Danshögskolan Stockholm, 17-19 December 2009.
  • -Performed at: Atalante theatre in Gothenburg, 13 and 14 February 2010
  • -Performing art forum in France, 14 April 2010
  • - Moderna Dansteatern Valvet Underground in Stockholm, 24 April 2010
  • -Kedja Reykjavík at Tjarnarbío, 9 November 2010
  • -Upcoming performance at HBTQ-festivalen at Pustervik Theater in Gothenburg, Sweden. 2 Juni 2011
  • Available for tour. Number of people on tour: 2 performers and 1 stage manager
  • Number of performers on stage: 2 performers
  • Stage/venue requirements: A conventional theatre set up.
  • Technical requirements:The light design is simple in the sense
  • that we only have a few set cues that we set up at location.
  • The stage manager that runs the show then improvises with the lights during the performance.
  • The rig can be quite basic, but with the possibility of creating an arena rock concert atmosphere (The Metallica way). 
  • A good sound system and a smoke machine are crucial elements.
  • Estimated Set up time*: Preferably 5hours, for technical set up and a run through
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  • When and where premiered?
  • At Myfestival at DOCH in Stockholm, 17th of December 2009
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  • Link to a video:  http://www.vimeo.com/10034095
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  • What is it?
  • A dance performance that celebrates freedom,
  • dance and the raw power of rock´n roll.
  • Forget minimalism and everything you know about good taste.
  • In “It´s definitely the spiritual thing” we say hello to a
  • new definition of luxury, which is not about what you
  • see- but about what you experience.
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  • Production information:
  • -Length: The original version is 40 minutes; we have also developed a
  • shorter version where we dance our favorite dances from the tour, which is 20 minutes
  • -Audience: “ It’ s definitely the Spiritual thing” reaches out to basically anyone who enjoys
  • rock n' roll and contemporary dance. The performance works on uniting people, regardless of age,
  • ethnicity, gender or class. Where there is a possibility for different individual experiences shared as one.
  • -Language: English
  • -Art form: Contemporary Dance
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  • Excerpts from reviews:
  • “This performance is a rock concert performed by two female performers.
  • It contaminates through nothing else than a rock concert, or better,
  • the repetition of a rock concert that does something entirely different.
  • Every single tune adds another layer to this drag way of moving and forms a
  • continuum which contains movement-imperfections and little voids;
  • small intervals which do not only enhance the credibility of a concert situation
  • but also allow for reconsidering one's own participation within the audience.
  • The performance renders possible a rarely achieved simultaneity: first it creates
  • the desire of playing rock concert, and second, it permits getting aware of the wish
  • without giving way to it. This simultaneous facet is extremely generous; and it implies a
  • thorough conceptual work, in which the concept passes again through the cliché in order
  • to become something entirely new. “Hello Sweden. This is fucking great! “
  • -Petra Sabisch, December 2009