The year 2011 marks the twentieth anniversary of Siri Jøntvedt and Snelle Hall’s ongoing project, a distinctive form of dance art which is well on its way to becoming a recognised signature.
We have seen it in visual art and literature, but not many dance artists have dared to disregard prestige to this extent; Snelle and Siri exposed their vulnerable insides on stage long before vast numbers of people did the same on Facebook. They have presented 18 productions in the past 20 years, but when they now prepare to celebrate their anniversary it will be in “Norway’s smallest cinema”, albeit with something extra. The duo’s cultivation of dualities serves to tie together all the layers of choices and effects that the project presents.
Snelle and Siri devised their alter egos and constructed the identities of Siri & Snelle in the early 2000s. Siri & Snelle are easily influenced, and become real as we watch. They are two madcap characters who reflect the disguised inadequacy of the audience. Siri & Snelle create a liberating space for acknowledging one’s faults and decay.
In Seanse, Siri & Snelle move into the alternative scene, but only because they want to be where things are happening. Where and how the characters burst open and surge outwards in their encounters with fortune-tellers and crystal balls remains to be seen. In any case, Snelle and Siri’s method involves taking clichés seriously without becoming serious themselves. When the duo candidly examine the surfaces people are preoccupied with, the result is often profound and readily accessible.
Siri & Snelle are both figuratively and literally commentative artists. The duo engage both themselves and their audience at an intimate level. They are inspired by trends and trivialities in everyday life. In a world that worships efficiency and success, Snelle and Siri are two ordinary women with extraordinary jobs. They are dance artists and mothers with dreams that do not achieve reality.
The duo’s acknowledgement that not all dreams can be realised has led to considerable success. Snelle and Siri succeed in creating art out of the careers they had to accept were unattainable.
CONCEPT/PERFORMERS: SIRI JØNTVEDT AND SNELLE HALL
MUSIC: IVAR GRYDELAND
ROOM/COSTUMES: ELINOR STRÖM
LIGHTING: TILO HAHN
PHOTO: ELINOR STRöM
PRODUCER: PERNILLE NONÅS MOGENSEN
PRODUCED BY SIRI & SNELLE PRODUKSJONER
SUPPORTED BY ARTS COUNCIL NORWAY AND THE AUDIO-VISUAL FUND