HORDE is a choreographic work by Ingri Fiksdal and Solveig Styve Holte that both through practical organization as well as artistic expression thematizes who can access art and artistic work nowadays. Motivated by a common interest for a larger diversity within all parts of the professional art field, Fiksdal and Holte have been engaged in discussions about who become artists and what artistic work is. At the moment, there is an increased awareness of representation of gender, sexual orientation, and cultural background within the whole field of art and culture. At the same time, there is still a major dominance of white, middleclass kids in all art education. Fiksdal and Holte are interested in who can imagine themselves as artists in the future and who can access professional art today.
The making of the choreography HORDE takes shape as a paid summer job for nine teenagers between the age of 15 to 18, recruited in the Helsinki area. The project will give the young, performing participants salaries according to union rates, competence, experience, and a network that will strengthen their knowledge of contemporary art today and stimulate talent and eagerness to potentially orientate themselves towards art as a profession.
HORDE premiered in October 2021 at the CODA Oslo International Dance Festival and the opening of the new MUNCH museum in Oslo. In Helsinki HORDE will be presented in the Kiasma foyer.
Meet the artist
The performance is part of Moving in November festival 2.-12.11.2023.As part of the festival, there will be an open discussion with Fiksdal, Holte and local host called Soup Talk on the 9th of November at noon in Caisa.
Ingri Midgard Fiksdal is an Oslo-based choreographer with a PhD in artistic research from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Her research explores affect, perspective, privilege, and posthumanism, investigating the hegemonies of knowledge and power. She views choreography as a speculative fiction format that offers diverse understandings of body, gender, species, ethnicity, knowledge, and history. Fiksdal values the entanglement of practice and theory in her work, considering them equally important. Since 2020, she has been an Affiliated Artistic Researcher with CoFUTURES at the University of Oslo, which focuses on global futurisms beyond anglophone traditions. Fiksdal’s work has been shown at various international festivals and venues, including Obscene Festival in Seoul, Homo Novus in Riga, Kunstenfestival in Brussels, and Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
Her work Diorama has been presented in Helsinki in 2021 at Hietaniemi beach in the frame of Moving in November.
Solveig Styve Holte is a dancer and choreographer based in Oslo. She completed her MA in Choreography at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and is currently a Research Fellow there. Her research project focuses on exploring authorship in dance and choreography, using pre-existing materials and historical archives. Holte often collaborates with others to create performances for various settings, including museums, galleries, theaters, and outdoor spaces. In addition to HORDE, created in collaboration with choreographer Ingri Fiksdal, she has also worked on projects like Frå form til famling and Sixteen Dances. She has contributed to the anthology KOREOGRAFI/CHOREOGRAPHY and is part of the editorial team.
Concept and choreography: Ingri Midgard Fiksdal & Solveig Styve Holte
Performers: Alma Nordberg, Taika Fadte, Jia Macedo Pirttinen, Metta Petäinen, Meribel Kaljumets, Wilma Lönnberg, Juulia Erjanti, Ilo Bingham, Leila Airin Özbek, Sofia Charifi
Sound design: Rohey Taalah
Costume design: Elnaz ja Mahtab Khanmoradi Gargari
Production and distribution: Nicole Schuchardt
Production and administration: Eva Grainger
Production: Fiksdal Dans Stiftelse
Co-produced by: Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Dansens Hus Oslo, MUNCH, CODA Oslo International Dance Festival
Supported by: Arts Council Norway, Kulturtanken, FFUK, Oslo Kommune
Choreographic support: Sofia Charifi & Amie Mbye
Costume maintenance: Ada Nikulainen
Photo: Petri Summanen
Visit supported by: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Helsinki Model, Nordic culture mobility, The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Foundation
In collaboration with: Kiasma Theatre, Pihlajamäki youth center, Malmitalo