“We are Still in Love” at MARC

We are Still in Love

For Immediate Release:
In-process showing of “We are Still in Love” at Milvus Artistic Research Center.

Milvus Artistic Research Center, (MARC) opens its doors this October with an In-process showing of the dance performance “We are Still in Love” with artists in residence Kenneth Bruun Carlson and Live Strugstad.

“We are still in love” is a collaboration with and by performer Live Strugstad and choreographer and performer Kenneth Bruun Carlson. Together with the audience the performers create new spaces and communities through close and intimate encounters.

By believing in the intelligent body and its ability to obtain and systematize information using somatic methods, the performers trace physical availabilities to achieve ecstatic and euphoric states of mind. They search for the stages/states of ecstasy and euphoria that give a heightened sense of awareness and an intensified physical experience, giving rise to extreme physical situations.

Milvus Artistic Research Center (MARC), Gladeholm, Kivik 27735
Parking is on site in the driveway. Please write to rtess@rachelvtess.org to reserve seats, as seating is limited. We will take reservations until 2pm the day of the performance.

Thursday October 30th, 19.00-20.00
Admission is free.

About the Artists

Kenneth Bruun Carlson is a Norwegian freelance dancer and choreographer living and working in Sweden. He is a graduate from the London Contemporary Dance School (2000) and the Amsterdamse Hogeshool voor de Kunsten (2003). Carlson has been a member of Danish Dance Theater (DK), The Cullberg Ballet (SE), Kenneth Kvarnström & Co/Helsinki Dance Company (FI), and Skånes Dansteater (SE). He has worked with independent choreographers Marten Forsberg, Helena Franzen, Shumpei Nemoto, Björn Safsten, and Rachel Tess among others. His choreographic works have premiered in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, and London. He is the recent recipient of a Norwegian Art Council project grant for the choreographic work “We are Still in Love” with dancer Live Strugstad and musician Stian Westerhus.

Live Strugstad is a Norwegian freelance dancer and choreographer based in Inderøy, Norway. She is a graduate from the London Contemporary Dance School (2000). She has performed with Smallpetitklein Dance Company in London. She has worked with independent choreographers Gustavo Lesgart, Annika Ostwald, Luis Della Mea and Susanne Rasmusen, and Tharan Revfem in Norway, among others. Her choreographic works have premiered in Norway and Sweden. She has performed in the Vancouver Children’s Festival as part of Teater Fot. Strugstad has initiated children’s projects, improvisation workshops, interdisciplinary works with film and music, choreographic development projects, and is a dance consultant at Dans i Nord-Trøndelag.

About the Center:

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 year.


For more information regarding “We are Still in Love”, press images, and MARC please write to artistic director Rachel Tess at rtess@rachelvtess.org.

Peter Mills at MARC, October 2014

Peter Mills at MDT 2013
Peter Mills at MDT 2013



Peter Mills wants to meet you!

We invite you to join us at Milvus Artistic Research Center, MARC, in Kivik for a special encounter with choreographer Peter Mills  on Saturday October 18th, 2014.

When: 18.00-20.00 (please arrive on time or 15 minutes prior to event start)

Milvus Artistic Research Center, Gladeholm, Kivik 27735
parking is on site

Please RSVP to director Rachel Tess at rtess@rachelvtess.org. The workshop/dinner is limited to 20 people so it is important to RSVP.


“Reflective Nebula”, with choreographer Peter Mills, is both an educational and artistic exploration of community.

Inclusion in a community shapes what one values and the choices one makes. A focus on the movements that shape these communities, micro and macro, can better inform us how and where our value is formed and shaped. “Reflective Nebula” is a two-part project hosted by Rachel Tess and Milvus Artistic Research Center in Kivik. The project employs reflective choreographic practices during encounters with specific communities to demonstrate how community functions and reveal how systems of value are produced.

During the 2 hour encounter we will dialogue over a simple meal served on site at MARC. After dinner we will perform creative tasks in a fast paced playful manner. We will work together, sharing a creative task or outcome and then copy each other with an emphasis on creativity itself, rather than form or skill. The exploration is guided by different means: verbal, kinesics, written and audio. We dance, act, paint, write, dream, observe, and respond. We spend time following different paths of creativity, asking ourselves “Where do we want to go?” and “What interests us?”

This encounter will be followed by a 48 hour performance in January, 2015 by Peter Mills and collaborators. We are pleased to invite you to see the beginnings of a creative process, and to engage in a project where your participation directly influences the choreographic outcome. Please join us for this unique opportunity.