Hreyfð is a wearable electronic instrument that creates sound with movement.

The instrument uses microphones and speakers to create audio feedback, which is processed with sensors, such as gyroscopes, attached to the performer’s body and dancers play the instrument through movement.

The trial focuses on how a wearable device can affect the way the body moves. The body becomes both a tool for generating sound and movement.

The project is a collaboration between choreographer Alvilda Faber Striim, from SPRÆNG Dance Theater, and composer and instrument maker Sól Ey, in collaboration with dancers Abraham Rademacher and Paulina Šmatláková.

We explore how the instrument’s functions and sound universe influence the dance composition, and vice versa. We will expand the visual element of the instrument with costumes and portable lights that are also affected by sound frequency and volume. Through the body we connect movement, sound and light.

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Sól Ey (she/her) is a composer and instrument designer from Iceland based in Copenhagen. Her practice focuses on how the human body changes when it is augmented with electronics or other objects. She studied composition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Iceland and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and was a research fellow at the Academy for Theater and Digitality in Dortmund in 2022.

Paulina Šmatláková (she/her) is a freelance dancer, dance teacher and artist from Slovakia, based in Copenhagen. She trained in contemporary dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, and has worked with Holstebro Dansekompagni in 2017-2020.

Abraham Rademacher (han/ham) is a Danish performer with a background in contemporary dance, circus and classical singing. He has participated in productions with Uppercut Danseteater, OperaNordsjælland, Odin teatret and BOA Opera Festival.

Alvilda Faber Striim (she/her) works with dance and choreography, and graduated from The Danish School of Performing Arts 2022. Alvilda deals with choreography as a composition of bodies, objects and music. She is part of SPRÆNG dance theater and is interested in creating dance art in alternative spaces.