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The MAN show

Choreographer Sølvi Edvardsen uses dancer Sudesh Adhana’s body to explore self-imposed limits and cross-cultural connection.


  • Kim design studio

It's no easy feat for a solo performer to keep an audience spellbound on their own. For Norwegian choreographer Sølvi Edvardsen, dancer Sudesh Adhana is one of the few artists capable of such a feat. Though the pair have been collaborating for years, she remembers the first time she saw Adhana perform like it was yesterday: "I couldn't take my eyes off of him," she says. MAN—the solo piece born from Edvardsen's latest collaboration with Adhana—hits the stage at the Dal Arts Centre this weekend, produced by Live Art Dance.

Edvardsen is one of the more renowned artists working in Norway today—she has been presenting work internationally for decades and was the first choreographer to win the Norwegian Critics' Prize in 1984. While she mostly makes a living doing larger, commissioned works, MAN represents a more experimental turn. When an opportunity arose to create a new piece with a single dancer, Edvardsen knew exactly who she wanted to work with.

"It would be very interesting to work with one dancer, and that should be Sudesh for me," she says. "I find him very interesting as a person, he has this wide range in him. We got some money to just explore, to see if there was a possibility for us to do a performance."

  • Kim design studio

Accompanied by music composed by Kim Sølve, Edvardsen says MAN is "captivating": An exploration of large-scale themes like cross-cultural connection and our own self-imposed limits through the minimalist site of one human body.

"The whole process has been a very strong dialogue, because I wanted the piece to suit him but I also wanted to challenge him," she says. "That's also what I want to do with myself: I want to do what I feel I'm good at but I also need to be challenged." 

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