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A Choreography of Scents and Memories

HAUT In Process Residency at Aaben Dans

January 2022

This residency marked the beginning of the artistic research of ENTANGLED, a new performance-installation by BEYOND DARKNESS which explores the subterranean world of darkness, the hidden lives of its microorganisms and the interconnectedness of the lives above and below ground through olfaction, memory and movement.


Here, we focused on choreographing from various scents to arouse imagery and memories, enlivening them through movement. The core investigation was centred around respiration, slowness and organic matter.


Breathing and olfaction bridge the outside with the inside and inversely; likewise, slowness, inspired by the pace of mycelial growth, brings us closer to the experience of other-than human organisms who impact our lives substantially without our conscious attention.

The ENTANGLED research was presented at Aaben Dans with a talk, a scent workshop and a performative sharing.

Read more about the ENTANGLED research at Aaben Dans through the eyes of Stina Strange Thue here

Conceptualised by Beyond Darkness

Performed by Nadja Mattioli & Nanna Hanfgarn Jensen

Sound art by Eliza Bozek

Photos by Morten Arnfred & Nadja Mattioli

Supported by HAUT and Aaben Dans

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