The artist, musician and choreographer Alma Söderberg returns to Short Theatre 2022 to present her new work Thought. Barefoot., which itself will be the last part of a workshop Sapphica Choir conceived specifically for the festival.
The terrace of the Real Academia de España en Roma, will host a choir that will carry out an investigation on polyrhythmics, a key element of Alma’s artistic practice who, using the voice and the body, has developed a technique capable of making space sound as if it were one instrument.
The lyrical fragments of Sappho, the Greek poet, originally from Eresos, a city on the island of Lesbos in the Aegean, and who lived in the 6th century BC, will provide the matter from which investigate the relationship between word, declined through different languages and times, and rhythm.
The project is part of RECIPROCITY, a section of Short Theatre that experiments with models of reciprocity and intersectionality between belonging, widespread origins and knowledge through bodily practices, narrative grafts and playful universes.
Alma Söderberg is a choreographer and performer based in Malmö, Sweden. Her ongoing research deals with how we listen as we look; the relation between the ear and the eye. She has grounded her vocal practice in several solo performances in which she developed an idiorhythmic way of creating, like Cosas (2010), TRAVAIL (2011) and Nadita (2015). Entangled Phrases (2019) is the first of a series of group performances that build on the artist’s solo practice centred on voice and movement. The series has been developed in close collaboration with her fellow performers Anja Muller and Angela Peris Alcantud. Söderberg collaborates closely with sound artist deHendrik lechat Willekens on all her performances and also established the music project wowawiwa with him. In 2021 she made a film, La mano que canta, together with visual artist Alex Reynolds. Alma Söderberg is currently an associated artist at Cullberg, and presented, in 2020, the performance The Listeners.
with the support of Swedish arts council