Corpus aquarium


A dancer clothed in green hovers in a box of glass, sized 180*60 cm. The film that is projected on the box is reflected in the glass walls, and the fleeting movements of the green dancer are reiterated on the floor out- side the box.

In the background the sound of a choir is heard singing prolonged and stretched. On the roof of the box sits a shining blue marble. By rolling the marble, the audience can enter the other rooms of the box, the loops of other dancers and colours. The movements of the marble remixes the images and the rubbing of the fingers causes the limbs to float apart, turn upside-down, and exchange places with each other.

The faster the movement of the marble, the more the bodies of the dancers are transformed into graphical fragments that create patterns where the dancing body is no longer discernible.

Idea, choreography and video: Åsa Unander-Scharin

Interaction design and programming: Mateusz Herczka in cooperation with Åsa and Carl Unander-Scharin

Music: Carl Unander-Scharin

Dancers: Jennie Lindström, Charlotta Ruth, Petra Wormbs and Åsa Unander-Scharin

Costumes: Gerhard Aroyan, Mylla Ek and Åsa Unander-Scharin

Construction of the glass box: Magnus Lundblad.

First performance: Malmö Konsthall, 2004. In the autumn of 2009, the Dance Museum of Stockholm acquired Corpus Aquaria to the permanent exhibition, where it is on display during the opening hours.