Mårten Spångberg: Renaissance
16 Dec 2016

Exhibition galleries 1.5, 1.6, 1.8 and 1.9
4 - 9:30 pm
Museumcard € 3 / students € 10,50 / regular € 18

Reservations are not required / for SNDO students: RSVP via SNDO


Footage from the personal archive of Mårten Spångberg.
Footage from the personal archive of Mårten Spångberg.

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) present Renaissance: a performance work resulting from invitation of SNDO – School for New Dance Development, extended to Swedish choreographer Mårten Spångberg to engage with 2nd and 3rd year students in a two weeks creation workshop leading towards a public presentation in the Stedelijk Museum.

Together with a group of students Mårten Spångberg creates a live environment where dance and language is superimposed. Movement and speaking together offer a landscape of vibration and hallucinations in which the spectators can dwell and forget. Renaissance is a research intensive project into relations between time and representation, where theatre and exhibition intersect, and an intersection where time is oscillating between life and death, private and public, solitude and community, between tick tock and…

The proposal explores social dynamics through the different contracts established by the theatre and respectively the museum. In what ways are those consolidating forms of viewing that in its turn authorize form of power, inclusion and exclusion? It’s in the eye of the beholder, as one says, but who is the beholder that is given permission for this gaze? Renaissance here doesn’t refer to an epoch consolidating certain kinds of power, but instead to a re-birth of what the museum as well as the theatre can include and generate. Finally, Renaissance implies a meta-perspective onto the contemporary fixation with dance in the museum expositing an etymology anchored in politics, economy and sociality.

Footage from the personal archive of Mårten Spångberg.
Footage from the personal archive of Mårten Spångberg.

Mårten Spångberg is a choreographer who lives and works in Stockholm. His interest concerns choreography in an expanded field, which he has approached through experimental practice in a multiplicity of formats and expressions. He has been active on stage as a performer and creator since 1994, and has been creating his own choreographies since 1999. These pieces range from solos to larger scale works, and have toured internationally.

MORE ABOUT SNDO (School for New Dance Development)
The SNDO, the School for New Dance Development, was founded in 1975 and is known today as a fulltime 4-year professional education course that leads to the diploma Bachelor of Dance – Choreography. SNDO trains students to become choreographers/dance makers, enabling them to contribute to the development of dance as an art form.


Made with and by Ahmed Elgendy, Stina Fors, Mami Kang, Emile Lagarde, Netti Nuganen, Diego Oliveira, Mezhgan Saleh, Alexey Shkolnik, Maya Tamir, Laura van Bergem, Andreas Chanis, Emma Gioia, Laima Jaunzema, Michael Scerbo, Antonia Steffens, Charlie Laban Trier, Elisa Zuppini, Maciej Sado and Mårten Spångberg.

Commissioned by the SNDO – School for New Dance Development in close collaboration with and co-commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Supported by Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.