The Stretching Roots are a dance company formed by six artists: Theresa, Amund, Maria, Raffioli, Fredrika and Benjamin. They moved from Sweden for a month long artist residency in Aarhus in Denmark on September 2018.
The aim of the residency is to explore the relationship between dance and different environments.
All members of Stretching Roots met each others at Åsa folkhögskol, the Street Dance school in Sweden, except for Raffioli and Benjamin who met each other in Denmark.
At first, there’s no music. Every place has its own sound and atmosphere. Amund and Maria dance to get them, feel the vibe and find the mood.
Raffioli does balance training for the upcoming show on the tilted roof in Godsbanen in Aarhus.
Theresa alongside Amund is the director of the company and plans — almost doing by doing — the best training for the group.
Sometimes it's necessary to stay on the ground, scratch on the floor to get into the right mood.
Dance is not just a matter of swing the body to the rhythm of the music. It creates connections with space, ourselves and the other dancers.
Maria lives in Helsinki but studied at Åsa folkhögskola in Sweden. She's also attended an international program in Italy.
A slow step. Then, another one. Shoes being dragged on the floor and circles being composed.
“I feel a kind of energy. When I dance I get in flow with people. I’m totally dived in myself” Raffioli says.
Like a painting, the artists shape their bodies drawing geometries, lines and figures.
When the music has turned on it get influence on the performance. But either the dancer's mood, the architecture of the environment or the weather could effect.
Music gives the beat but every place with its features constantly changes the performance.
A dancer can experience a sort of energy during the performance and can feel it for many hours after.