Future Fridays: Ingvild Marstein Olsen

SMACK & Spektakel
Ingvild Marstein Olsen, Olivia Edginton, Vera Ilona Stierli & Natalie Sloth Richter

Future Fridays at Chisenhale Dance Space

12th Oct 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:15pm
£10 Standard | available on the door (online sales ended)



An extravaganza of movement and technology, SMACK & Spektakel is a union of the playful and the poetic.  Four female choreographers present an adventurous double bill, constructing and layering self-portraits through pop culture, storytelling and technology.


SMACK is a multimedia performance that positions the influence of pop-culture on the individual and shared portraits of three women, which emerged from common memories of 90’s youth. The work is a dialogue between the digital camcorder and the female body. In SMACK nostalgia and criticism, awkwardness and physical agency are explored. The dichotomy of wanting to embrace and wanting to reject serves as a base for this production.

Deriving from an exploration of the creative space as a shared playground, Spektakel reveals a world of crooked characters, absurdity and arresting events. A micro-cosmos in which independent and contrasting ideas are allowed to live in colourful co-existence. Through imagery and an all-encompassing soundscore, Spektakel is as a celebration of the imaginative and the playful, and casts a hopeful glance towards a society that embraces all of that.

SMACK & Spektakel have since 2016 been co-produced by Gaskssel Bern, supported by venues and residencies including Hamar Teater, Hamar Kulturhus, Dampfzentrale, Tanzatelier NiVo, Resolutions 2018 and funded by Stanley Thomas Johnson Fund, Swisslos / Kultur Kanton Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Norwegian Embassy of Bern, Hamar Kommune, Hedmark Fylke.

Photo credit: Kristin Aafløy Opdan



Building on the success of Fiver Fridays, Future Fridays is our new regular programme of projects by Chisenhale Dance Space Members, in our iconic Performance Studio. Book early for the cheapest tickets, join us for a drink, and see something new – now.



Ingvild Marstein Olsen is a Norwegian dance artist based in London. She works across the UK, Norway and Switzerland, and has worked with artists such as Matthias Sperling, Rahel Vonmoos, Theo Clinkard, Liz Roche and Pell Ensemble. In 2016 Ingvild graduated from Trinity Laban with an MA in Dance Performance.

Olivia Edginton is a British dance artist living in London. In 2017 she joined Candoco Dance Company and performed work by Yasmeen Godder, Jerome Bel, Hetain Patel and The Trisha Brown Company. Her solo work has been performed at the ICA and Gallery 223. Olivia has an MA in Dance Performance from Trinity Laban.

Vera Ilona Stierli is a dance artist from Switzerland. She has studied at Palucca Hochschule für Tanz, with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and at Trinity Laban. Vera works internationally with project-based dance companies which include JuWie Dance Company, Yaron Shamir Projects, Go Plastic Company and Vanessa Cook Dance.

Natalie Sloth Richter is originally from Denmark and completed her studies at Trinity Laban in 2015. Since her studies, Natalie has been establishing herself as an international dancer and choreographer, facilitating workshops and presenting her own work in countries like Spain, Belgium, Italy, Sri Lanka, England and Denmark.



choreographers: Olivia Edginton, Vera Ilona Stierli and Ingvild Marstein Olsen.
Performers: Vera Ilona Stierli, Ingvild Marstein Olsen and Natalie Sloth
Dramaturg: Tobias Eule
Costume Design: Verena Leo

Choreographer: Natalie Sloth Richter
Performers: Svenja Bühl, Gaia Cicolani, Irene Ingebretsen, Johanna Merceron, Molly Nyeland and Victoria Rucinska.

Producer: Laura Ganotis