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En liste over ting han sa/Notes on Frailty, 19.–21. October 2018

En liste over ting han sa/Notes on Frailty,
19.–21. October 2018

Spilles: Fri 19. Oct 2018 Sat 20. Oct Sun 21. Oct

Two performances in one evening: Notes on Frailty for four female dancers, and En liste over ting han sa (A list of things he said) for four male dancers.

Notes on Frailty
received glowing reviews after it premièred during the CODA festival in October 2017. Now this successful show is not only returning, but has also been added to, with the new production A list of things he said.

Notes on Frailty is a study using music and movement which looks at the ‘feminine’, taking the French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex as its source of literary inspiration. In close collaboration with four trusted dancers, Ingun Bjørnsgaard investigates the French philosopher’s twin concepts of female transcendence and male immanence, and the fine line between human beauty and fragility.

Cultural concepts of gender are at stake, framed by Ingun Bjørnsgaard’s visual dramaturgy and unique combination of choreographic detail and everyday theatricality. Notes on Frailty unfolds as a live composition in the relationship between dance and electronic and acoustic music, performed by the composer himself, Christian Wallumrød, who is also on the stage.

The four women share inner conflict, but also a longing to transcend loneliness. The dancers stumble into each other’s inclinations, and break out into solos which shift between pure presence and dynamic expansion. Physical fragments, sampled from a classic 1950s iconography, become displaced and fall back into everyday corporeality. The choreographic language touches on the physical structure of femininity, in line with de Beauvoir’s situation-based understanding of gender, beyond the duality between biology and society.

En liste over ting han sa
The premiere of En liste over ting han sa is an independent choreographic work which is also performed in dialogue with Notes on Frailty. This is the first time that Bjørnsgaard has choreographed exclusively for men. The production delves further into the Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt’s investigations of the complexity of gender as a category.

Four male dancers move in soloist sequences and dynamic encounters with each other as beings who feel the weight of human existence.

The question of gender has long been a leitmotif of Ingun Bjørnsgaard in an ambivalent interplay of identity and relationships. Through abstractions of dance and the relationship with the musical element, the dancers continue to develop the company’s exploration of the contradictory fragility of the modern human being.

- Med Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt sitt 25-årsjubileum og førestillinga Notes on Frailty har norsk samtidsdans nådd ein milepæl.


- The four performers display remarkable precision and finesse.

I/O Gazette (Frankrike)


Notes of Frailty:
Ingun Bjørnsgaard
Komposer and musician:
Christian Wallumrød
Musikk: Yoko Ono – ”What a Bastard The World Is” / © Ono Music/Universal Music Publishing AB
György Ligeti – ”Ramifications” / © Schott Music GmbH & Co KG/Gehrmans Musikförlag AB
Stage and Costume design:
Thomas Björk
Marianne Haugli
Katja Schia (original cast Ida Wigdel)
Guro Nagelhus Schia
Catharina Vehre Gresslien
Light Design:
Tilo Hahn
Ane Reiersen
Sound Design:
Morten Pettersen
Dramaturgic advisor:
Torunn Liven
Signe Vasshus
Eva Grainger
Jorunn Kjersem Hildre
Anne Cecilie Bodin Larsen
En liste over ting han sa:
Ingun Bjørnsgaard
Christian Wallumrød
Simon Røttingen
Musikk: Einojuhani Rautavaara – ”Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 64, The Fire Sermon” / © Fennica Gehrman Oy Ab
Scenograf og kostymedesigner:
Thomas Björk
Erik Rulin
Matias Rønningen
Vebjørn Sundby
Ludvig Daae
Tilo Hahn
Morten Pettersen
Ane Reiersen
Jorunn Kjersem Hildre
Eva Grainger
Anne Cecilie Bodin Larsen
Pianist (live):
Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt
Dansens Hus
Erik Berg / Tale Hendnes/Dansens Hus (En liste over ting han sa)
Hacate Entertainment Group
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