Alternating Currents is an intermedial electricity concert choreographed and performed by Maria w Horn, Stina Nyberg and a frequency-controllable Tesla coil. The concert is one part of a long-term obsession with the inventor Nikola Tesla and the early 1900’s phenomena of touring electricity shows.
Through flashing lightning bolts, the Tesla coil creates a sound which resembles distorted trance synths threading piercing melodies through ozone-filled air. In combination with dialogues reflecting on science, magic and electrocution, the concert creates a womb-like atmospheres with the lingering threat of bodily harm.
There is a lack of public fascination with electricity, but Alternating Currents is here to cure that.
Stina Nyberg lives in Sweden where she makes and performs choreography. Her departure point is always a feminist approach to the body; its social and political construction and ability to move. Since 2011 she has presented several works at MDT in Stockholm, made a piece for the Royal Swedish ballet school and has been developing, choreographing and performing in the Shaking the Habitual show with the Swedish band The Knife.
Maria w Horn is a composer focused on electroacoustic and audiovisual music. Her work ranges from electronic multi-channel pieces and installations to audiovisual works and collaborations with dancers, soloists and ensembles. Through her practice, Horn examine aspects of human perception, how audiovisuality and overload/loss of perceptual stimuli can conspire to transcend everyday life and invoke alternate frames of mind.