Tundra is the body of work created by dancer Christiana Axelsen.
History: I first created Tundra as an evening-length work presented in several formats and locations throughout 2013 and 2014. It was less of a “dance piece” and more a series of performed experiments. Each time I presented a version, there were different performers and parameters that changed to reflect my changing interests in relationship to the central concepts of the work.
Intention: It is now 2016 and I am using the name Tundra as a construct under which to create new work. I see this as a way to connect the history of those original explorations to what I am currently creating. I am uninterested creating a “dance company” as I see my artistic progression continuing as a series of project-based explorations with an ever-changing casts of collaborating artists, but I wish to create some sort of continuity for my work. So simply put, Tundra is a container for artistic experimentation.
“The ideas of ‘space’ and ‘place’ require each other for definition. From the security and stability of place we are aware of the openness, freedom, and threat of space, and vice versa. Furthermore, if we think of space as that which allows movement, then place is pause; each pause in movement makes it possible for location to be transformed into place.” – Yi-Fu Tuan Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience