These are bodies, These are motions, This is the place

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Performed and created by: Benoît Lachambre, Rachel Tess

In a landscape of palpable textures the performers navigate the link between inner body and tangible object; animating the inanimate through an exploration of the senses. Skin becomes canvas, bodies become abstracted, glimpses of the recognizable are sometimes present, and the byproduct of contact with the outer environment is an acoustic/rhythmic transmission of the sensuous.

Letting be, being with, and sensing the profundity of silence allows the performers to refer unobtrusively to the complexities of human relationships.

The audience is a vital part of the shifting landscape. Alternating between lounging, sitting, standing, and relocating in search of the desired vantage point, the audience is shaped by the choreography.

Performances of These are bodies These are motions This is the place are scheduled for the fall of 2014. The work is produced by Rachel Tess Dance (Oregon, United States) with support from Par B.L.eux (Montreal, Canada). It was developed during a one-month residency at Milvus Artistic Research Center (MARC) in Skåne, Sweden with support from Skåne Region, Simrishamn’s Kommun, and Konstnärsnamden.

Wanås Showings


Kenneth + Rachel wanas

photos: Mattias Givell, Wanås Konst

We are only a couple of weeks away from Konstrundan at Wanås! Here are some images from the preview we did for the Wanås staff. Dancer Kenneth Bruun Carlson and I had a great time getting to know the site and we are looking forward to performing on the hour, every hour, 11-5pm for ten days beginning April 18th. Come and check it out.

Souvenir at Wanås

After a little over a week in residence at Wanås Konst dancer/collaborator Kenneth Bruun Carlson and I have created a 30-minute performance that can be seen during Konstrundan in the South of Sweden. We will be performing the piece inside of Souvenir from the 18th-27th of April. Peformances are every hour in accordance with Wanås opening hours, and visitors will have the chance to dialogue with the artists as well as check out the other exhibitions.   One of our favorite items from the last performances in New York City, a very shiny gold cloth, has made it’s way out into the sculpture park.

Wanås/Gold, dining room

Wanås/gold Rachel

Wanås/gold sculpture

Gold rock/Wanås


Photos: Kenneth Bruun Carlson


Souvenir x 3

Souvenir Wanås Konst    March, 2014

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Souvenir, Löderup Skolan      May, 2013

Souvenir has been moved to three locations since 2013. It is currently in residence at Wanås Konst in the South of Sweden. It was built at Löderup’s Gamla Skolan in May, 2013 and traveled to NYC in July, 2013. I am currently in residence at Wanås Konst where the structure will be installed at two different sites. Dancer Kenneth Bruun Carlson and I are in the process of creating a performance inside of the structure. It is the fourth day of our residency and we are sorting through the extra parts of the structure that will inhabit a room next to the main gallery space.

Souvenir at Baryshnikov Arts Center NYC, 2013




Anna/Luis Souvenir

Anna/Luis Souvenir

Luis/Anna Souvenir

(photos courtesy of Michael Mazzola and Jeri Tess)

Before I begin to update you with photos of the rehearsal process at Wanås Konst next week, here is a look at the performances for Souvenir in NYC last year at Baryshnikov Art Center (BAC). Dancers Anna Pehrsson and Luis Rodriguez, and lighting designer Michael Mazzola traveled with me to New York for a one-month residency at BAC that included performances of a 50-minute duet inside of the structure as well as continued research and visits from artists, colleagues, friends, critics, and presenters. We are thrilled to return to NYC in September 2014 for Lower Manhattan Culture Council Programming on Governor’s Island.

Luis/Sam Souvenir


Anna/Gold Souvenir