With this fictional figure two dancers meet in an imaginary world where the physical body is affected by both homesickness and longing to be elsewhere.
Seal Kin is a children's piece for grown-ups, with great depth for a young audience. A sensory immersion, an underwater world on land, where the audience can see, hear and touch dance. The stage is filled with hand-blown glass pearls, sequins and fake fur. The performance plays with transformation and the possibility of being someone or something else, for example, a seal.
A long time ago all seals lived under water before venturing on land and becoming four legged creatures such as dogs, then they changed their minds and returned to the water once again. This is the reason seals look like swimming dogs.
In a melancholic atmosphere in which we have lost our whiskers but found our bark,
we step into a magical sound world (a room filled with seal-like oohs and ahh’s) that oscillates between the imaginary and the real, in an exploration and re-discovery of the hidden parts of ourselves.
The title of the show "Sälskap" is a word play in Swedish between the words seal and companionship. It suggests how we accompany each other through perceptual questions around positioning ourselves and imagining new ways of being with one another.
Is it ok to change our minds?
How can we be more than one thing at a time?
Surfaces, friction, and currents are the foundations of the movement material and the play between the dancers, objects and sounds of this gently interactive performance, in which audience are invited to touch, relate to and sense the objects that inhabit the messy sensuality of this world.
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