At first the breathing is slow and calming, then commanding and finally out of control. BREATH examines breathing as a life-giving and transformative figure. BREATH is performed by Nønne Mai Svalholm, her muse Sisse Lunøe and a large inflatable yellow-black sculpture, which they think of as the work's third dancer; with references to a lung, an ocean, a garden, a body, a world, a gate. Nønne Mai Svalholm has created the sculpture in collaboration with multi-artist Henrik Vibskov.

Nønne Mai Svalholm works conceptually and multidisciplinary with choreography, dance, light design, sculpture and installation art. She creates work for black boxes, white cubes and site-specific in public space. Her work takes place in a landscape of pleasure, pain and the uncanny. Morphing through a constant of what has been, what is, and what will be, were bodies, objects and light becomes symbols of transformation, time, life and death. 

BREATH premiered in 2023 and belongs to the second part of SVALHOLM´s BIG BANG trilogy.




Concept, idea and choreography: Nønne Mai Svalholm/ SVALHOLM

Artistic direction/production: Nønne Mai Svalholm/ SVALHOLM

Performance and development: Sisse Lunøe and Nønne Mai Svalholm

Sculpture: Nønne Mai Svalholm and Henrik Vibskov

Consultant: Marie Dahl

Costumes: Nønne Mai Svalholm in collaboration with Marie Dahl and KASPERSOPHIE

Headpieces: Design duo KASPERSOPHIE for the work Of All Its Parts: From Darkness

(2020) / Design & production by Rasa VilJewelry with interpretation by Nønne Mai Svalholm

Residency: ARoS Aarhus Art Museum and BORA BORA Dance & Visual Theater

Photographer: Peter Ravnsborg @mumilab

Film: Fade to Grey

With support from The Danish Arts Foundation, Augustinus Fonden and Knud Højgaards Fond