Ingri Fiksdal and Jonas Corell Petersen: STATE

Thursday, Feb 7 – 10, 2019

220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

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Presented in partnership with the Departments of Fashion Design, Exhibitions, and Performance, and the Fashion Resource Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and IN>TIME 19


STATE and Diorama are designed to be experienced within seven days. The combination of these works aims for a new choreography as social experience—one that builds desire for new structures and in turn shapes social life.


In STATE, a small society manifests itself through ritual dances, music, and costumes. Ingri Fiksdal’s provocative collaboration with Danish director Jonas Corell Petersen introduces the critical role that ritual performs in the creation—and flourishing—of the state, as well as its continuing relevance today.

The atmospherically dense design of STATE is co-created by noise/extreme metal artist Lasse Marhaug and Danish avant-fashion designer Henrik Vibskov. Marhaug’s score fluctuates between acoustic sound and sound from instruments that he built specifically for STATE—all of which is then processed through various electronic devices. Vibskov’s costumes consist of five large structures that double as scenography and transform the dancers’ bodies and abilities to move. As sumptuous sculpture, they recall his work exhibited at MoMA, Palais de Tokyo, and ICA London, as well as his extremely anticipated annual show for Paris Men’s Fashion Week.

Fiksdal’s interest in a new choreography stems from the less conscious image realm and the dream world of popular imagination. One of today’s most original and perceptive choreographers, her work is both inspired by a wide range of dance origins and interdependent with the experience of design, sound, and architecture. She believes above all that people need community, a sense of accessibility, visual stimulation, and some connection to nature—particularly in terms of natural light and open space. Her dance, design, and musical experiments enmesh patterns and colors for people to experience sensual satisfaction in the built environment.


Image: Ingri Fiksdal, STATE. Photo © Anders Lindén.