The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


Malin Elgán: Definitions and facts

Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, June 3 2017 at 5 pm and 7 pm / June 4 2017 at 3 pm and 5 pm
Artist Talk on June 3 2017 at 4 pm at Školica, MSU Zagreb

Malin Elgán shows her latest performance Definitions and facts, based on previous research material and the temporal aspects of dance.

The piece deals with the relationship or non-relationship between choreography and documentation, and how that relationship affects perception. Through the steps, the two dancers, Polina Akhmetzyanova and Pär Andersson, operate in time and thereby problematize the dance’s visibility and its relation to its surroundings.

The work on Definitions and Facts started in 2013, when Elgán had an artistic residency in New York at the dance organization Movement Research. The process continued in Stockholm 2014 and the finished work premiered in the exhibition After Babel at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in the summer of 2015. Definitions and facts has also been shown at Poppositions in Brussels and is now on tour to Oslo, Berlin, Belgrade and Zagreb.

Choreography: Malin Elgán | Dancers: Polina Akhmetzyanova and Pär Andersson 
| Sound: Sophie Helsing | Costume: Cornelia Blom | With support from The Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and City of Stockholm | Thanks to Ccap


Malin Elgán’s artistic work contains both a specific and diverse and likewise expanded choreographic practice. Her works consists of different media, subjects, movements and shapes; such as the radio program Talk a bit, then we’ll check (2012), wooden objects and orchestras’ movements in The wood piece (2011), or nature documentaries and folk dances in Storyboard (2009) and Form said: do (2007). Elgán does not allow dance to be confined to certain movements and places, but takes it instead of their usual context to enable new meanings.

Elgán is based in Stockholm and is active in Sweden and internationally. In 2013, her choreographic work was awarded the Birgit Cullberg grant. She has also been the guest editor for a special edition of the art magazine Paletten, which was thus temporarily renamed Baletten. She began her career as an assistant to the multifaceted artist Jan Fabre in Belgium in 2002.

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