PLEASE BE HERE NOW, DWELLING #1: THE BODY
Nørgaard paa Strøget, March 2015
The first part of an on-going series of laboratory-pieces consisting of exposed inhabitations. Nana Francisca Schottländer occupies exposed ‘dwellings’ for a certain period of time to use them as settings for live, embodied discourses on different aspects of our existence in the world.
In PLEASE BE HERE NOW, Dwelling #1: The Body, the main theme of exploration was the performers own, female body – as private, public and artistic material. Nana Francisca Schottländer lived for three days and nights, 72 hours, in the shop window of Nørgaard Store in central Copenhagen, where she performed everyday chores like sleeping, reading, eating, drinking, thinking – being. While being there she challenged the spectator’s gaze by looking as much at the people passing by and stopping, as they looked at her.
The piece created a platform for shared reflections and encounters and was visited by people of all ethnicities, ages, social groups and background at all times of the day and night.
During her stay, invited guests joined her in her dwelling to share their thoughts on the body as professional and personal point of reference.
Bjørn Nørgaard – A CHOREOGRAPHED DIALOGUE
Jørgen Nørgaard – A WRITTEN DIALOGUE
FOS – SHARING BREAKFAST
Kirsten Delholm – SHARING WINE
Madeleine Kate McGowan – EYE SEE YOU
Una Lily Schottländer Paré – FAMILY
Esben Wile Kjær – INTOXICATION
Signa Köstler – MARKING THE BODY
Text and photos from the 72 hours can be read here
A book about the piece was published in March 2016, read about it here
Photos: Georg Jagunov and Alexandra Buhl