2013 Dansa i en ring / Dancing In A Circle
Making charcoal prints of their feet, my children began to dance in a circle and to sing. I noticed their shadows playing on the white wall and filmed that.
Giving only minimal directions I let them play. What became larger than life: when a child dances alone, not being observed by a camera directly, she/he developes a dialogue with her/his shadow. If two or more children dance together, they get involved with each other and forget their shadows.
Being alone is different from being in a group. Being together makes you forget yourself. Alone, in dialogue with the shadow, a child is not shy and reacts to the shapes it creates. Dancing together means reacting to each other more directly, introduces conflict, but also brings strength.