MCA: Ingri Fiksdal

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Cosmic Body

Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) – MCA Stage
220 E Chicago Ave
Thursday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 7 at 3:00 p.m.
Ticket Cost: $30 general, $24 members, $10 students
(subject to availability)
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Ingri Midgard Fiksdal is a Norwegian choreographer and performer. She is currently a Research Fellow at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts/ Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Program. Fiksdal’s work tours internationally to venues such as brut-Wien (AUS), Kapnagel (DE), Inkonst (SE), MDT (SE), In Between Time (UK), ANTI festival (FI), The Armory Show (US), LIMIT Festival (RS), HIFA (ZIM), Nordwind (DE), Baltoscandal (EST) and Homo Novus festival (LT). Fiksdal’s work deals with perception and affectivity, and several of her pieces take shape as part performance and part live concert. The audience is always integral to the work, which aims to produce temporary collectives between performers and spectators. An ongoing theme within Fiksdal’s work is the ritual, and the rituals’ inherent capacity of transforming and ultimately transcending its partakers.

Ingvild Langgård (music) is a composer, musician, and artist from the Academy of Fine Art, Oslo. Langgård composes and performs music for stage, film, and for her main musical project, Phaedra. She works in different media such as sound art, analogue film, and video installation. Langgård also works as a curator, and co-founded the artist-run gallery Rekord in 2006. Her artwork is shown in national and international museums and galleries, such as The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art and Kunstnerforbundet (Oslo), Lydgalleriet (Bergen), and Chashama Gallery, Pulse Art Fair and the Armory Show (New York).

Signe Becker (scenography) is a freelance scenographer and artist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in scenography from the Norwegian Theatre Academy (NTA) in Fredrikstad (2006) and a master’s degree in visual culture from Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2008). Her artistic projects include theatre- and dance productions, as well as personal art projects.

Since 2006, Becker has been a permanent scenographer at Verk Produksjoner. Two out of five of their performances have been nominated for the Norwegian Hedda Award for Performing Arts, and the performances Det eviga leendet (2011) and Stalker (2013) won Performance of the Year. Since 2011 Becker has collaborated multiple times with choreographer Ingri Fiksdal and artist Ingvild Langgård on projects that are still touring several countries. Becker is going to represent Norway at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2015 with a new installation work.


Cosmic Body is a new piece by Ingri Fiksdal inspired by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs’s Dream Machine. With this device, a pulsating light produces complex patterns behind closed eyelids. Cosmic Body investigates how the choreography of lights, sounds and bodies can transcend the audience to psychedelic or trance-like states to create an event that produces potential for new experiences, thoughts and ideas to occur. This aim is founded in a belief in art as a motor for change, through taking the role as “utterly useless” in a society where most other things have a given and known purpose. Through music, lights, and the absence of sound, the performance explores how perpetual motion can be maintained without external energy sources, transforming both the performers and the audience to a higher mental psychological state.

“The performance is a surprising and all-consuming experience together with Langggård’s hypnotizing music. The Orchard Ballads rocks the premises of what both dance and theatre can be. By leaving an object in the center of the performance, and by changing its character throughout, Fiksdal and Langgård shows that a dance performance can be actualized even without dancers on stage.“

Photo credit: Andres Lindén & Signe Becker

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