as I collapse
– online live installation 2020

a choreographic work for one human and millions of microscopic beings

"...piece, that without compromises, insists on the connection between all living beings, in a way to self-absorbed and smug world"

Casper Koeller -

The installation is about the cognition and sensitivity between living beings explored through the element of water. The online format offers a social distancing safe bridge between the physical space you inhabit as receiver and the physical space we inhabit as art makers, embracing the shared virtual space where we meet.

Our tiny co-creater  in as I collapse is the luminous micro algae by the name Pyrocystis Fusiformis. Pyrocystis Fusiformis can produce light with its body when exposed to sudden movement, making this invisibly small algae, visible – even from space. Casting their glowing blue light across the surface of the ocean, and swirling in big streams and numbers, they make enough light to make them visible from outer space.
Embracing these different aspects of scale, and the very special ability of this microscopic being,  the installation elaborate on the encounter between the human body and the microscopic algae by inviting our audiences to join a collective speculation –

A mental game:

What would it be like to be adopted by these microscopic beings?

What would it mean to adapt to their habitat, their organization?

Can we imagine extended families across species?

What would we gain or lose in terms of singularity, sustainability or survival?

When does the “I” collapse and the “we” rise above it?

And what is already shared between us?


An online experience with multiple layers
Water is the natural habitat of the algae, Water is in all of us – there is no center in the logic of water and there is no ‘us and them’– no binaries. Throughout the performance you will be guided on an exploration on different interactions with water. We invite you to be curious, open and to use all of your senses.

The performance will be live-streamed online and consists of a numbers of layers you can dive into, and explore as you like.
The top layer consists of a performance-experience online and live via streaming. Here the performer Nelly Zagora will inhabit a mysterious dark space and guide you through different explorations of water and life. The performance runs in cycles of 25 min. It is  performed live and with a limited amount of audiences attending each cycle.

On the video above, you can hear the thoughts behind the installation, explained by choreographer Tina Tarpgaard.

To go deeper, you can experience a guided meditation with sound inspired by water and a text written by author Ida Marie Hede for us. This you can receive from us when you book a ticket for the piece.

You can explore each layer separately or consecutively in your own timing, and you will always have the possibility to re-live those which are not happening live with us.

A true encounter with microscopic algae
The performance is created as an online piece with different digital layers, but as we would also like for you to have a physical encounter with the algae, the Pyrocystis Fusiformis algae will be sent to you by post.

With the algae send to your home, you are able to have a first-hand encounter with this luminous being. We invite you to interact with the algae but also to take care of this tiny being. We will instruct you how to care for it and prepare it for the installation.

Choreographer: Tina Tarpgaard

Dancer: Nelly Zagora

Text: Ida Marie Hede

Sound Design: Mikkel Larsen

Researching artist/ Consultant: Pei-Ying Lin

Producer: Carlos Calvo

PR: Ida Fredericia

Graphics, photos and video: Søren Meisner

Duration: app. 25 min. slots troughout a 2 hours performance

Language: english

Please note that there is a deadline for booking tickets, as we need enough time to send the algae to your home. If you buy the ticket passed this deadline, you will not be able to received the algae, although you are still welcome to experience the installation without them. For the performance MAY 2020 only danish residents/foreign presenters can receive the algae.
By signing up for the online installation, you also agree that we can contact you, and send samples of algae to your current residency.
We will stream through zoom. You do not need to have a zoom account to participate, but we recommend it. Read more here

The online installation as I collapse from 2020 is a based on the performance as I collapse from 2017. The performance is a speculative dance performance taking its point of origin in a collapse of our general perception of the world as divided into two: nature and culture.

as I collapse presents a speculative fictional universe that presents the bodies on very different scales, from a microscopic format to the human sized. In an attentive and energetic performance focus is turned to our culturally inherited understanding as being superior to other organisms. Here, boundaries are blurred between visible and invisible, between man and microbe, while the individual disappears into darkness and is replaced by a single luminous, united organism.

The Performance as I collapse from 2017 is the first part of the trilogy The Membrane Project

The piece premiered during CPH Stage online international days May 28th – 29th 2020.

Rethinking the culture/nature dualism

Created by a strong team of artists and scientists, as I collapse offers a renewed discourse on matters of sustainability – by calling attention to the precondition for a more sustainable future: our relationship to ourselves and our surroundings, and by extension our inherited understanding of ourselves as superior to other life forms. as I collapse wants to challenge our understanding of our own biological substance, and our interaction with otherness. The performance poses critical questions, challenging the human assumption of coppying the top spot of evolution, and deals with what a redefinition of this role means – including its impact on the creation of choreography. Presently, new scientific studies are trying to rethink and re-conceptualise the anthropocentric view on the culture / nature dualism. In line with this movement, as I collapse seeks to dissolve this dualism by de-centring the human body in order to enter a balanced and respectful relationship with other living matter.