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Basically (2020-ongoing)

April 22 10:30am-5:30pm open rehearsal, April 23 6-12pm performance, April 24 2-6pm installation – high intensity / in collaboration with zürich moves! Forever imbricated


Basically is an ongoing live project that includes nonlinear dance choreographies that fold in on themselves like portals through time, fugue-like contrapuntal guitar melodies, vocals and Ableton soundscapes, daily I Ching castings that locate us in a shifty universe, journal entries that become our textbook, shrine readings and unscheduled time that leaves room for contingency. Visitors are invited into this shifting constellation as the doors to the studio are often left open. They become involved in making and remaking the environment; a sociality of difference


The structure of Basically is a choreographic game with interactive and playful rules that allow for relations to develop. Dance choreographies branch from this basic structure, they revolve around themselves in varying undetermined patterns reliant on an electro-magnetic force that settles into a perpetual but shifting orbit.


Class of the 21st Century, Zürich edition: Laurel Atwell, Jordan Balaber, Lara Dâmaso, June Jenkins, Yevheniya Kravets, Michelangelo Miccolis, Ikenna Nwaogu, Cody Oyama, Chris Pawlusek, Salomon Poutsma, Lester St. Louis, Louise Trueheart, Marie Ursin, nick von kleist and Amalia Wiatr Lewis.


In partnership with Zürich Moves!, Shedhalle and Bergen Kunsthall and supported by Oktoberdans, BIT Teatergarasjen, Borealis Festival and Vlaanderen verbeelding werkt. Part of Re-imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.


Nikima Jagudajev (b. 1990) is a choreographer based in New York and Brussels. Their work, expanding formal dance into the construction of open-ended socialities has been presented in venues including Shedhalle, Kurimanzutto (Mexico City), Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1 and Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai) as well as in the context of Material Art Fair’s IMMATERIAL (Mexico City), 89+ at LUMA/Westbau (Zürich) and as part of the Marrakech Biennale (Morocco). Their first solo exhibition “Basically” took place in spring 2021 at Bergen Kunsthall (Norway). Published work includes ‘The Backstreet Boys’ as part of Bergen Kunsthall’s Speculative Histories text commission platform (2021), ‘Relations of Unpredictable Encounters’ in the Movement Research Performance Journal (2017) and ‘the landscape thinks itself in me’ in Asad Raza’s Root Sequence. Mother Tongue (Walther König, 2018).

Shedhalle – Nikima Jagudajev, Basically (2020-ongoing)

left to right, Marie Ursin, Alexandra Tveit, Amalia Wiatr Lewis. Screen capture edited by Salomon Poutsma.

Shedhalle – Nikima Jagudajev, Basically (2020-ongoing)

Shelmith Øseth. Screen capture edited by Salomon Poutsma.