Choreographing Whiteness will be manifested through the recording of a rap-EP (Sept. 2020, Oslo Records), the production of a printed journal produced and curated by black female voices in Norway (spring 2021 and an investigation of vocal gesturing as choreography as well as embodiment of speech acts of resistance, rap and song. The performance will be produced at a residency in Hammerfest (Dec. 2020 – Dansearena Nord) in collaboration with rapper and recording artist Myra, songstress and recording artist Kamara, writer Camara Lundestad Joof, choreographer Thomas Talawa Prestø and photographer Tyra Ara Larle Shadé Lartey. I also wish the voices of amongst others writer Amy Black, dancer and writer Grace Tabea Tenga and rapper Lars Vaular to influence the process. The material collected in the process will hopefully resonate in my body, allowing alternative viewpoints with an ambition to challenge and rethink, rather than imitate and copy.
My staged danced actions will be led by an instinctive as well as cultivated bodily praxis. Choreographing Whiteness is rewriting and abstracting the personification of something that is both known and othered. On stage, I will meet Myra, Kamara and Camara in different scenarios that will evoke specific danced actions. In the process I am interested to ask: Can the ballet barre become a strip pole? How will the male peasant pas-de-deux solo from the romantic ballet Giselle look when performed to a live rap-performance? How will the tights-clad ballet dancer perform Cardi B’s Backin It Up-verse? How will I instinctively respond to speech acts of resistance? And will my ways of West-Norwegian swearing work in respens to vocal gesturing and when performing a rap-EP?