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Adèle Essle Zeiss

Studio grant holder in Stockholm 3 April - 27 September 2020

Born 1983 in Stockholm. Lives and works in Stockholm.

Graduated from the Royal Swedish Ballet School, modern dance (2002) and the Royal Institute of Art, five-year programme in fine arts, Stockholm (2018).

I create performance works and installations based on fundamental aspects of the body, filling the space with an enhanced physical presence. I often use objects to clarify what happens inside the bodies. My artistic practice originates in dance and choreography, and I develop new ideas through physical experimentation, often together with dancers.

In my two most recent works, I have explored weight and equilibrium in installations where dancers balance on suspended planks with sacks of concrete as counterweights to their bodies or limbs. In this way, I have studied balance, a fully automatic system that is learned and stored in the body and cannot be controlled by willpower. I was also interested in the experience of body weight from the internal perspective of one’s own body, and in contrast to what the act of weighing a body represents.

At Iaspis I will try out new ideas and develop a new, major performance work in which dancers share each other’s weight by using ropes and pulleys.

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