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Photo credit: Danjel Anderson & Anja Beutler
Start / Works / The Visible Effects of Force

Photo credit: Danjel Anderson & Anja Beutler

K3 Zentrum für choreographie, Kampnagel, Hamburg, March 5th – 7th  2015
Dansehallerne, Copenhagen, April 8th – 10th 2015 & April 16th – 17th 2016
Diskurs Festival, Giessen, October 9th – 10th 2015
Det Frie Felts Festival, Copenhagen, June 10th – 11th 2016 
Bora Bora, Aarhus, October 12th – 13th 2016
MDT, Stockholm, December 2nd – 3rd 2016

The Visible Effects of Force is a charged solo about force that explores what remains in the body after the impact.

A tense, slowly transforming body surrounded by four table ventilators create a space in constant motion. 16 PAR lamps in a precise circle surrounds the stage. The intensity of the light rises and falls as waves of light and shadows that transform the space continually. The sounds are surrounding the audience, moving their bodies.

The impacts of forces are inevitable and constant. Everybody is set in motion, everything is affected. At the same time, the force itself is never visible. It is the signs, traces and remains of it that produce visible marks, from which we draw conclusions and imagine the force behind it. In The Visible Effects of Force Marie Topp’s body becomes a medium through which we can understand the constant and inevitable forces that are a condition of all existence.

The Visible Effects of Force is a choreographic project initiated by Danish choreographer Marie Topp in a collaboration with sound artist Julia Giertz and light designer Mårten K Axelsson. It is the conclusion and third part of an artistic exploration of the human exposed to different forces. The trilogy of solos include the pieces “The Everyday Practice of Resistance” (2012) and “Forerunning” (2014). Marie Topp was awarded “Dancer of the Year” by CPH Culture for her performance in The Visible Effects of Force

“The last part of Marie Topp’s solo trilogy visits Dansehallerne briefly and confirms her unique talent both as a dancer and choreographer” 
–CPH Culture

“A radical anti-dance, sturdy and close to the ground, pausing, slow and minimal movements that are completely controlled in every detail” 
–Hamburger Abendblatt

“Every second we can perceive this resistance. Constant steadfastness. The body as a constant medium of forces, the condition of all existing lives” –Tanznetz


Concept, choreography, dance: Marie Topp
Sound: Julia Giertz
Light: Mårten K Axelsson
Mentor: Igor Dobričić
Produced by: K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg
Co-produced by: BORA BORA – Dans & Visuelt Teater Aarhus
Supported by: The Danish Arts Foundation, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, Augustinus Fonden, Københavns Kommunes Scenekunstudvalg
Administration: Projektcentret Dansehallerne

→ Cph Culture
→ Hamburger Abendblatt: PDF
→ Tanznet: PDF