|Home||Presentation 2003||Page 1||Page 2||Page 3||Page 4||Page 5||Page 6||Page 7||Page 8||Page 9||Page 10||Page 11||Page 12|
Shita is a group from lceland that lives and works in Sweden. They present objects environments created by their objects, they create lightning for their performances. The objects are often shown as Installations. The objects are not exhibited as sculpture in the common way, where a piece may be taken around for showing again and again. The pieces are large, some massive, almost all carefully crafted from metal and point - including a unique alloy known as 'Steel Metal that Shita has developed. Most are shown only once. They are not sold. Some are destroyed or transformed radically during the performances or installations. So far in its career Shita has been spending several months to create sculpture exhibitions, which are presented once and never seen again.
Shita is 22 years old. It was a three-member troupe founded by Hördur and his brother, Haukur. They worked together with a dancer. 12 years ago, the dancer left, to be replaced by Brynhildur. Haukur continued to live in Iceland while Hördur moved to Sweden. For 11 years ago, Haukur grew away from the group work. At the same time, Brynhildur began making art. As the group stands now, Hördur and Brynhildur are Shita.
Their performance is rugged, direct, and gripping. It uses no words or narrative. Each performance grows out of a text that the two dancers discuss in advance, but the final presentation emerges from the wordless interaction of direct physical and emotional cues. Neither dancer knows in advance what the other will do. The discussions they conduct give them a basis and a common background, but the dance is not the presentation of forms and motion decided in advance, it is a final, physical conversation that follows the discussion.
Because of their intensity, and because every spectator can read a narrative purpose and a story into the dance, they have been compared to the theater of Artoud. On the surface, it makes sense, but the group's performance can't be understood in terms of the traditional succession of theater and dance histories: they are doing something else.