A List of Things He Said
A List of Things He Said explores masculine fragility in an ambiguous game between four performers, with Ingun Bjørnsgaard’sunique choreographic take on formal detail and everyday pathos.
In a vaguely staged public space, the distinguished dancers come together in attempts at duets and coherent group sequences, interrupted by the individuality of solos. The possibility of existential freedom is at stake, but also the co-dependency of the self-conscious male.
The performance lingers on situations that occur between the performers, and quietly insists on the presence of the yet unknown, to explore vulnerability and strength in the male interactions.
Finnish composer EinojuhaniRautavaara’s virtuous piano music performed live, and contemporary music by Christian Wallumrød, interacts with the choreographyin refined sensitivity.The result is a quivering space of emergent meaning and poetry.
A List of Things He Said premiered on October 19that Dansens Hus, Oslo, Norway, in a double-bill with Notes on Frailty, and ventures further into the company’s examination of gender and contemporary identity.
A list of things he said
Choreographer: Ingun Bjørnsgaard
Musician: Simon Røttingen
Dancers: Ludvig Daae, Erik Rulin, Matias Rønningen, Vebjørn Sundby
Stage design and costume design: Thomas Björk
Lighting design: Tilo Hahn
Sound design: Morten Pettersen
Christian Wallumrød Ensemble – Solemn Mosquitoes (Fabula Suite Lugano, Christian Wallumrød Ensemble, ECM Records 2009)
Dans Les Arbres – Sciure (Phosphorescense, Dans Les Arbres, Hubro Music, 2017)
Dans Les Arbres – Fluorescent (Phosphorescense, Dans Les Arbres, Hubro Music, 2017)
Einojuhani Rautavaara – Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 64, The Fire Sermon (© Fennica Gehrman Oy Ab)
Light technician: Ane Reiersen
Music clearance: Hacate Entertainment Group
Producer: Eva Grainger, Jorunn Kjersem Hildre
Produced by Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt
Co-produced by Dansens Hus, Oslo, Norway
Ludvig Daae is a Norwegian dancer and choreographer, educated at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. Ludvig’s own work has been presented all over Europe, as well as performing in several productions by other choreographers such as Mårten Spångberg and Billinger/Schulz. http://www.ludvigdaae.co
Vebjørn Sundby is a Norwegian dancer and choreographer. Vebjørn has been a dancer in the companies Carte Blanche (in works by Sharon Eyal, Ohad Naharin, Ingun Bjørnsgaard, Hofesh Shechter, Ina Christel Johannessen, and Jo Strømgren) and several works for Eastman – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, amongst others.
Erik Rulin graduated from The Swedish College of Ballet in 1992. He has been a long-standing member of Carte Blanche in Bergen, where he has worked with choreographers such as Amanda Miller, Jo Strømgren, Ina Christel Johannessen and Antony Rizzi. He started working with Ingun Bjørnsgaard in 2002, when he performed in her piece 7 imperatives for Carte Blanche. He has since then contributed in several productions for IBP such as Four pieces including Sjoa & Skjåk, Bygones, Poppea, The Sea, Omega and the Deer, Praeambulum and in Rotating Nora.
Matias Rønningen Studied at Den Norske Ballethøyskole as well as at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. His CV includes performances with Dansdesign, Kari Hoaas, and Panta Rei Danseteater. Omega and the Deer was his first production with IBP. He has since danced in Praeambulum and Rotating Nora.