Mårten Spångberg, 2013, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2013 MoMA PS1, New York.

Saturday, 2:00–6:30 p.m. — Preview
Sunday, 4:00–8:30 p.m. — World Premiere

With and by: Linda Blomquist, Aron Blom, Ludvig Daae, Yoann Durant, Emma Kim Hagdahl, Sandra Lolax, Linnéa Martinsson, Pontus Pettersson, Mårten Spångberg, Rebecka Stillman, Hanna Strandberg, and Marika Troili

La Substance, but in English is a large scale dance performance with eight dancers, a singer and a group of performers. All participants inhabit and produce a landscape that, over four and a half hours, transforms into an endless but indeterminable entity, a palpability without properties, an irritation on the body or a dream without content. The dance is slow, almost invisible and it leaves the audience alone. It is a dance of dancing itself. It is magic calmly falling apart leaving only a shared loneliness.

Reconfiguration, undermining expectations and the production of change are central to the work of Swedish choreographer Mårten Spångberg. Built around a conceptual approach that highlights choreography as a medium, his recent work considers the potentiality of dance and dancing alongside an examination of contemporary modes of public attention. His work reexamines what dance is as an experience and how that experience has been transformed as a result of contemporary capitalism, immaterial labor and social media.

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions program welcomes visitors to experience art live and in real time. Embracing performance, music, dance, conversations, and film, the program vividly demonstrates how these art forms can push us to engage with our contemporary world in creative, illuminating ways. With an emphasis on artistic practices that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, the program supports and commissions new work, inviting artists, curators, and other cultural instigators to share their latest projects.

The commission for La Substance, but in English is made possible by MoMA PS1 and The Swedish Art Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Swedish Institute, Stockholm City, and Stockholm City Cultural Council.

Produced in collaboration with MDT Stockholm and PAF.

Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Mike Skinner, Producer, and Alex Sloane, Live Programs Coordinator.

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Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

  1. Sunday, January 12, 2014,
    4:00 a.m.8:30 p.m.

  2. Saturday, January 11, 2014,
    2:00 a.m.6:30 p.m.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.