Elin Lundgren & Petter Pettersson
Island in the Sun
Performance: 4-7 August, 2016
Participants: Lo Pettersson – Lundgren, Elisabet Stengård, Ingrid Bogren, Lena Kronberg, Daniel Mårs, Kristofer Jönsson, Vilija Židovainytė, Louise Zurawski, Susanne Larsdotter, Selma Kjellsson, Sandra Stjernfeldt, Ella Harborg, Ida Wästerfors, Herkules Jansson, Helena Hägg, Oskar Larsson, Bitte Holm, Mikaela Eriksson, Mihaela Jekić, Anna Lundén, Louise Vainikainen, Anya Soldatenko, Celis Melian, Erik Wall, Birgitta Hult, Irene Stenberg,Petter Pettersson, Elin Lundgren
The desire for belonging, being part of something bigger, to be seen and to be locked at are thoughts that Elin Lundgren and Petter Pettersson have used as their starting point in their work with – Island in the Sun.
Inside a hangar-like space the audience are invited one by one in an even flow, to an unpredictable social context in which they are free to stay as long as they wish.
Spectators and participants are all wearing beige hoods which makes everyone inside the space faceless. As a viewer, you never know for sure which ones are participating and which ones are the audience.
In the part of the piece that is predetermined, a group of 30 people is moving, as on rails between a number of given places. Now and then the group suddenly burst out load in a joint laughter without any apparent reason, straight out inside the space. A youth wanders around and plays the harmonica without melody and without interruption.
In the uncertainty that arises which ones are the actors and which one are the audience, a new unpredictable creative initiatives are born from the audience. It becomes difficult to decide what is predetermined and rehearsed and what happens there and then in the moment. Parts of the audience joins the itinerant group, others create their own solo stories.
Lundgren and Pettersson have worked in different forms of visual- and performing arts since 1999, they are the founders of the acclaimed Lilith Performance Studio in Malmo. With Island in the Sun they do their largest collaboration ever.In works that touches upon alienation, violence and failures they accumulate their pieces like living pictures. An absurd raw humor encounters a bare documentary narration. Lundgren and Pettersson’s intention is obviously political but without pointing out a certain direction. Their common interest lies in the warped and unfulfilled. Both throw light upon universal questions about loss and sorrow in their respective artistry.
Island in the Sun was shown for the first time in cooperation with Sommarscen Malmö and Lilith Performance Studio, Malmo between 4-7 August 2016.
The work was open to the public 3 h for 4 nights