Mermaid(s) of the Hypersea
What does it mean to be a body of water? Dancer and choreographer Snorre Elvin is fascinated by mermaids, who live on the boundary between the sea and the dry land. In this piece, rituals with bodily fluids, songs, dances and tea-drinking become symbols for the exploration of gender, identity, deconstruction and love as well as for the dancer’s transformation into a mermaid.
The water of which we all consist is at the heart of Mermaid(s) of the Hypersea. Representing bodily fluids, leakage, the feminine, and the emotional, the mermaid is a diva and a queer icon. This is a dance with and in the water that washes away the boundaries between you, me and us, and between the human and the non-human.
The audience is drawn into a frontier-land where waters are transformed, where bodies evaporate, and where imagination, sensuality, performativity and fictionality elucidate the waterlogged body. In this piece, a mermaid allows and encourages sensitivity, fragility and femininity.
Mermaid(s) of the Hypersea is an adaptation of the solo performance Mermaid of the Hypersea from 2018 by Snorre Elvin. For Göteborgs dans- och teaterfestival 2021 the solo is shifting it’s shape and turning into a duet along with Peter Scherrebeck Hansen.
Dancer and choreographer Snorre Elvin is a part of the collective dance platform Danseatelier in Copenhagen and is currently doing an MA in choreography at the Danish National School of Performing Arts
Concept: Snorre Elvin
Choreography: Snorre Elvin in collaboration with Peter Scherrebeck
On stage: Snorre Elvin & Peter Scherrebeck
Costume: Alecsander Rothschild
Sound design: Nanna Katrine Hansen
Light design: Mathilde Hyttel
Technican: Sol Ravn
Thanks to: David Kummer, Oline Marie Andersen, Linnea Slipsager, Kai Merke, Lone Katrine Hansen and Kren Elvin Jensen.
Support from: Danish Arts Council, The Danish National School of Performing Arts, Danseatelier and Dance All Year Long.
Mermaid(s) of the Hypersea is a part of Stages – New Nordic Performing Arts. Read more about Stages.