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Opening Party – DRAF Studio. With Alex Baczynski-Jenkins and Stina Nyberg (24 Sept 2015)

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To celebrate its ongoing commitment to performance, DRAF opens a dedicated live projects space. The expansion occupies a 250 sq m converted industrial loft with original wooden rafters within DRAF’s London building.

The opening evening on 24 September includes performances Get Out of My Mind, Get Out of This Room (again), 2015 by artist and choreographer Alex Baczynski-Jenkins and the UK premiere of choreographer Stina Nyberg’s Splendour, 2014.

Since its foundation in 2008, DRAF has championed performance at the centre of its programme, presenting live work by iconic international figures including Phillip Glass, Rodney Graham, Pierre Huyghe, Sarah Lucas, Bruce McLean, Laure Prouvost, Steve Reich and Pipilotti Rist. It has supported emerging artists by commissioning performances by Nina Beier, Michael Dean, Eloise Hawser, Lina Lapelyte, Maria Loboda, Eddie Peake, Megan Rooney and Cally Spooner.

DRAF Studio is supported by Arts Council England and DRAF Galleries Circle (Sadie Coles HQ, Pilar Corrias, Marian Goodman, Hauser & Wirth, Kurimanzutto, Lisson Gallery, The Modern Institute, Stuart Shave Modern Art, Sprüth Magers, Michael Werner, White Cube).

Stina Nyberg, Splendour is supported by the Swedish Arts Council.

Stina Nyberg will also be hosting a day of live creation and performance on Friday 25 Sept.

Alex Baczynski-Jenkins (b. 1987, Poland/England ) is an artist and choreographer based in London. His work is concerned with the mediation and politics of affect, desiring subjects and embodiment. Baczynski-Jenkins graduated from the pilot project Contemporary Dance, Choreography, Context at the Universität der Künste, Berlin and participated in Ashkal Alwan’s Home Workspace Program, Beirut. He has shown work in contexts including expo zero at Performa, New York (2011), X-Apartments, Homeworks, Beirut (2013), Liste, Basel (2014), Sophiensaele Theatre, Berlin (2015)  Block Universe, London (2015). He was associate artist with the Delfina Foundation, London as part of their Performance as Process 2015, and was also included in The London Open, 2015 at Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Stina Nyberg (b. 1981, Sweden) lives in Stockholm where she makes and performs choreography. Her choreographic practice is related to the possibility to create through conviction and illusion new systems of logic in order to be able to construct the world differently, and act accordingly. Her departure point is always a feminist approach to the body; its social and political construction and ability to move.

Nyberg is the choreographer of the live concert Shaking the Habitual by the Swedish band The Knife and performed in the show which toured Europe and USA in 2013-2014. Several of her works investigates the non-hierarchical relation between the performance of sound and movement, such as The Way Sounds Attack (2010), Loudspeaking (2011), Orkestern (2012), Tones & Bones (for the Cullberg Ballet, 2014) and the latest work Splendour (2014). Her solo work Horrible Mixtures (2014), made in collaboration with Andros Zins-Browne, is a choreographic seance departing from a sceptics interest in spirituality. Nyberg have for several years collaborated with the Swedish choreographers Amanda Apetrea, Nadja Hjorton, Halla Ólafsdóttir and Zoë Poluch, investigating dance history from a feminist perspective.

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  • Stina Nyberg, Splendour, 2014. Photo: Casper Hedberg
    1/4Stina Nyberg, Splendour, 2014. Photo: Casper Hedberg
  • Larry Achiampong performing in 2015 in the un-renovated DRAF loft. Photo: Dan Weill.
    2/4Larry Achiampong performing in 2015 in the un-renovated DRAF loft. Photo: Dan Weill.
  • Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Le Roi danse, 2015, in collaboration with and performed by Andrew Hardwidge, Gery Georgieva and Imma Mess, Block Universe, London, 2015. Photo: Sylvian Deleu.
    3/4Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Le Roi danse, 2015, in collaboration with and performed by Andrew Hardwidge, Gery Georgieva and Imma Mess, Block Universe, London, 2015. Photo: Sylvian Deleu.
  • Stina Nyberg, Splendour, 2014. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Casper Hedberg.
    4/4Stina Nyberg, Splendour, 2014. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Casper Hedberg.