BENEDIKTE ESPERI

Performance / Live Art / Choreography / Dance for Screen

every action
comes from somewhere
and continues into next
there is no beginning and no end
every movement can tell us something
it can be used in several ways
and carry its own narrative
gestures and figures
spoken words
duplicated
mirrored
repeated
copied

Benedikte Esperi

‘In my practice it’s about being present and curious
playing with risk and trust at the same time

mirroring not only the society but also the representation of a political body
I use my body as a tool to let the spectator interpret the world and our role within it
through performative actions’

Benedikte Esperi is a Swedish autonomous performance artist, choreographer, researcher, producer and curator based in Gothenburg, Sweden. She runs the companies Dansverk and Benedikte Esperi Produktion since 2007, currently situated in her studio/ateljé at Ringön. She was initially trained for the ‘black box format’ but is published in a variety of sites, such as public realm, contemporary art venues, dance- & theater stages and elsewhere, both in local and international contexts. The encounter with sites, intentions and citizens nurture her choices and intentions where the body is both an object and a subject. Her works range from solo, co-productions and ”community art” within the genre of performance/live art, installations, dance for screen and choreography.  Artistically she´s often referred to as representing the post-modern dance and avant-garde aesthetics.

She invented the concept KOREOARTscape

She is a board member and curator at Galleri 54 , co-producer of The Tiny Festival and co-host of WHAT IIIF? Member in professional associations Teaterförbundet, Danscentrum and BUS. Part of the Northern Ireland performance network Bbeyond.

”I samtidskonstens konstanta prövande mot en nutida kontext står vi som utövande konstnärer med ett absolut gehör och lyhördhet för den samtid vi väljer att möta, där ständigt nya förutsättningar ställer höga krav på förmåga att förstå situationer innan de ens är formulerade. Jag ser samtidskonstens arbete som en möjlighet att genom experimentella oprövade medel bli en emanciperad orienteringspunkt som kan företräda den enskildes röst i en flyktig, ofta upplevd, ytlig och ogripbar tillvaro.”

– Benedikte Esperi, 2018

Education / Examinations
MFA in Contemporary Performative Arts at The Academy of Music and Drama
Contemporary Art in Public Realm and Philosophy at Valand Academy
Choreography at the Academy of Dance and Circus

Presented at EHU Vilnius, Brighton, Venedig, Royal College of Arts(UK), PAGE(UK), Centre 151(UK), WHAT IIIF? London, Gordon House Margate(UK), Pikkuteatteri(Fi), Nordic Fringe Network, c.off Studio, Ö-festen, Nordic Summer University FÅRÖ, Galleri 54, Last Frontier NYC, Writing Movement 2.0 GBG/NYC, Castellum, Vasakronan, Movement Research NYC, Julstaden Göteborg, NOFOD, Live Action 11, ComLab Gothenburg, Performance Art Bergen, Newcastle Dance City(UK), Nordic Fringe Festival, Gibney Dance NYC, Belfast Bbeyond, IIIF Amsterdam, Tiny Festival, Atalante, Högskolan för design och konsthantverk, Akademin Valand, Högskolan för scen och musik, Stockholm Dance film festival, DOCH Stockholm, FRINGE festival, Avantgarde festival, La Caldera Barcelona, MOTIF festival Reykjavik, Konstepidemin 13Festivalen, 20 Arrondissement Public Space Paris, Pouilly sur Loire France, Röda Sten Konsthall, Röhsska museet, Världskulturmuseet,  Screen dance festival Dance museum, Kulturkalaset 2011-2016, Clandestino Festival, Bok- och Biblioteksmässan, Hängmattan, Kulturnatta Gbg, Kulturnatta Mölndal, Litteraturhuset, SOLO festivalen ”Teater Trixter”, Vrångsholmen, Danscentrum Väst, Trädgårdsföreningen, ”24m2”, ”3:e våningen”, CLASH of the poets Kafe 44, Improvisation festival Konstepidemin Gothenburg, International Art Biennial, Högskolan för scen och musik, Gothenburg International Dance- & Theater festival, Teatro de los sentidos, ”Live Art” performance festival Strömstad 2014-2015, Chicago ”Going Dutch” Women dance festival, BIDE Barcelona International Dance Exchange, A-Venue Gothenburg, GIBCA Extended Gothenburg invited to several residencies, community art projects and conferences.

contact info(a)dansverk.se

@benedikteesperi #benedikteesperi @koreoartscape #koreoartscape

online CV for current work