Souvenir II, Opsis Architecture

Souvenir II, model

Souvenir II, model

model by Jim Kalvelage, partner/Opsis Architecture
model by Jim Kalvelage, partner/Opsis Architecture

Souvenir is:

  • a 10 by 24 foot mobile architecture created in Sweden in 2012/2013 with carpenter Gian Monti.
  • a meeting place in your community.
  • an interactive sculptural intervention purposed for indoor and outdoor urban spaces, museums, galleries, and large theater spaces and studios.
  • a site for dance performances, education and dialogue.
  • the possibility for long-term, sustainable programming in Portland and abroad.

We have already begun the process of creating a duplicate of Souvenir in Portland, Oregon. Through a partnership with Opsis Architecture we plan to refine the original design with an increased focus on sustainability and weatherproofing. The final structure will be assembled and tested at an outdoor site with audiences in Portland this August before being shipped to New York City for performances on Governor’s Island (in collaboration with the Lower Manhatten Culture Council and Baryshnikov Arts Center).

Souvenir at Wanås Konst



This week we will be moving Souvenir to Wanås Konst where the project will be based from April-August 2014. Wanås is located in Östra Göinge in northeastern Skåne and has been showcasing contemporary art, with a focus on site-specific installations, since 1987. 

Souvenir will be explored as a sculpture generated from a choreographic process, the setting for dance performances, and a space for workshops as part of Wanås Konst 2014 programming through the exhibition “Dance Me” where dance, choreography, and visual art meet and merge. Rachel Tess will teach workshops in and around the concept for Souvenir to groups from across the region. The residency will continue with a series of all day performances inside of the structure during Konstrundan April 18-27th. Performances include press viewings, previews, and openings on May 15th, 17th, and 19th. Showings of an evening length duet will be programmed for three weeks throughout the residency, Thursday-Sundays with showings at 13.30 and 15.30. The dancers will be on site researching choreographic methodologies from June-July (open to the public at all times). Part of this research will be preparation for a tour of Souvenir to New York City in September 2014 by invitation from the Lower Manhattan Culture Council (24 performances).

We look forward to updating you on the move and the first install in the gallery at Wanås this week.

Getting Started

I am pleased to announce that MARC (Milvus Artistic Research Center) will open its doors this March with our first artist in residence Benoît Lachambre. The center is a long-term project I have established with support from the region of Skåne in Sweden and the municipality of Simrishamn in Kivik, Sweden. The center will serve as a space for artistic research within the field of performance as well as a base for RTD.  Stay tuned for posts as we finish construction on our studio and commence with the first residency.

Opening events include:

-One open rehearsal day March 28th, 12-4pm (visitors can drop by un- announced during these times).

-Two open studio showings with Benoît Lachambre and Rachel Tess in MARC’s studio/performance space, April 3rd and 4th, 6pm-7pm.

-Post showing reception beginning at 7pm on both evenings.

-Movement workshops open to the public TBA shortly on the website.

All events take place at:

MARC, Gladeholm/Kivik 27735 (SE)

About the Center

With one indoor studio/performance space, living accommodations, and an inspiring landscape on 11 hectares of farmland at the edge of Stenshuvud National Park in Kivik, Sweden, MARC provides a concentrated environment for artistic research within the field of performance. Three times a year we invite collaborators and individual artists to participate in up to one-month residencies at the center. Artists are invited to share their work at open-studio showings during the residency period.

MARC is a platform where performance practices, working modes, and methodologies are questioned and new work is created and shared. MARC provides the opportunity for dance choreographers and practitioners to focus on specific research questions. MARC has an interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and welcomes other disciplines with a relationship to live performance to the center for residencies each spring.

For more information on the center and applications for the artist in residency program go to

MARC, artist in residence house, Kivik, Sweden
MARC, artist in residence house, Kivik, Sweden