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The Syncopators

Ingri Fiksdal, Fredrik Floen, Mariama Fatou Kalley Slåttøy
Fri May 24 18:30, Sat May 25 13:30
Stadsschouwburg Zocherpark (May 24), De Neude (May 25)
40 min
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An unexpected dance intervention in the landscape of the city. A group of performers in search of a common rhythm, looking for ways to fit their bodies and the stories they carry into this landscape. An ecstatic celebration of public space – a space for performers and a space for audiences.

The Syncopators is a performance that takes place in public space. It builds on the solo Fictions of the Flesh (2021) by the same makers. Featuring five performers, the choreography draws from jazz dance techniques and combines them with speculative future fiction from literature and film to inspire new and superhuman corporealities. 

The title is derived from the word syncope, a deviation from an expected rhythmic pattern in music or dance, often placing dynamic accents on weaker beats or omitting stronger beats. Syncopation is a feature of jazz dance as a genre, and the performance itself may disrupt the regular flow or habits in a particular public space. Moreover, the title is an allusion to typical science fiction movie titles that have inscribed themselves in our cultural memory.

The Syncopators questions the conceptual boundaries of dance as art, which are closely linked with colonial history, and intends to contribute to their expansion.

The Syncopators


  • 2018/2019 Norwegian Critics Association Award for Dance with Deep Field
  • 2015 Nominated for the Hedda Award with Cosmic Body
  • 2014 Dance Critics Award for Best Performance with HOODS
  • 2012 Oslo Award for Best Performance with Night Tripper



Ingri Fiksdal


Fredrik Floen


Mariama Fatou Kalley Slåttøy


The Syncopators is a performance by: Fiksdal/Floen/Slåttøy

Concept & choreography: Ingri Fiksdal

Costume: Fredrik Floen


Co-creators and performers: Harald Beharie, Even Eilerås, Jonathan Ibsen, Mariama Fatou Kalley Slåttøy and Ornilia Ubisse Alternating performers: Trine Lise Moe, Daniel Sarr, Edith Strand Askeland


Production & administration: Eva Grainger

Production & distribution: Nicole Schuchardt

Produced by: Fiksdal Dans Stiftelse

Supported by: Arts Council Norway

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