Photo: Ingrid Hu
© Ingrid Hu and SU-EN Butoh Company

LIGHT & DARK

Dec 8, 2018

Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, part of K.R.O.P.P dance platform

Investigating light and dark, the artists created a light installation and live performance.

Concept and idea:
Ingrid Hu and SU-EN
Light design and art installation: Ingrid Hu (UK/Taiwan)
Choreography: SU-EN
Music: Mikael Stavöstrand, Illuminence , 1999
Additional music: Mattias Axén
Dance: Madeleine Holmlund, Heiko Klandt
Costume: SU-EN
Production: SU-EN Butoh Company/SU-EN Butoh Company
Special production support: Uppsala City Council for Cultural Affairs

Description Light/Dark 明/暗*

Installation performance
Filament LED lights, cables, abaca paper

We perceive light because we experience darkness. It is never just one or the other.

For over a century, we live as if we no longer rely on daylight. It is a paradox of wanting both. Artificial light presents a physiological dilemma, and more so in a place like Sweden where duration of daylight varies from one extremity to the other.

The installation is a response to this constant power negotiation between light and dark, seen and unseen. An artificial topography of light that evolves and adapts around our changing body.  At the centre, a symbolic source of light remains constant, reminding us the physical reality that dictates our natural world. This topography illuminates in perceivable darkness, and in our mind.

Parallel to this performance is an outdoor installation comprised of large candles arranged in the shape of the ancient ideogram for ‘sun’ in Chinese, which is also the astronomical symbol used by NASA.

*In Chinese, the character for light is composed of the sun (日) and the moon (月); the character for dark (暗) means ‘during the day, without light’ (暗,日无光也).

Supported by:  Swedish Arts Council, Uppsala City Council for Cultural Affairs,
The Swedish Arts Grants Committee