Horrible Mixtures is an intimate show that communicates with the minds and suspended disbeliefs of a limited audience. With Stina Nyberg as the host and the audience as the actor, it plunges into the potential of the spiritual to create a space for shared experiences.

Here, the blackbox theater meets the theater of the Black Arts.

Recognizing herself as deeply limited by natural explanations, Nyberg wonders what might be learned from the supernatural side. It’s a question of personal experience and private dilemmas, and also one - according to Nyberg- for an overly rationalized world. Horrible Mixtures dives into the middle of belief and skepticism, mashing up experiences, knowledges and sciences usually held distantly apart.

Horrible Mixtures uses a dilettante approach to mentalism – assuming homemade methods for mind reading and mediation. Nyberg uses these methods to look for the capacity to imagine different connections between thoughts, language, fantasy, the future, bodies and spectators.

Let’s not ask ourselves whether we believe in magic, or if it really works, but what magic can do. Can magic help us blur the boundaries between words such as natural, unnatural and supernatural? Can the physical effects of thought help bridge the imaginary gap between the body and the mind, the known and the unknown? Can revisiting ritual, communal, and mental experiences create new shared fantasies between strangers? And can such experiences help us stop knowing, stop understanding, and stop making sense?

Production: MDT, Slingan (Dansstationen and Atalante), The Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Workspace Brussels.

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