Notes on Frailty (2017)

In devoted collaboration with four entrusted dancers, Ingun Bjørnsgaard investigates the complexities of womanliness in Notes on Frailty.

With literary references to feminist philosophy, Ingun Bjørnsgaard’s muses move betweeen the sublime and the habitual in a choreographic exploration of the fine line between human beauty and failure.

Writing movement in time and space, cultural perceptions and contradictions regarding femininity and the masculine are at stake, with Bjørnsgaards’s idiosyncratic combination of rigorous detail and everyday theatricality.

The four dancers share inner conflict and frictions, but also a longing to transcend existential solitude. In visual choreographic surfaces, they get entangled in disposition and desire in a compositional oscillation between mere presence and dynamic expansion.

Composer and musician Christian Wallumrød creates new music to the performance, with the company’s signature affinity towards the subtle relationship between music and movement.

 

Premiere 19. October 2017 (19th and 20th of October)

Coda International Dance Festival

Bærum Kulturhus-Regional resource center for dance, Oslo-Sandvika, Norway

Choreographer: Ingun Bjørnsgaard

Composer and musician: Christian Wallumrød

Set design: Thomas Björk

Dancers: Catharina Vehre Gresslien, Marianne Haugli, Guro Schia, Ida Wigdel

Light Design: Tilo Hahn

Sound Design: Morten Pettersen

Dramaturgy advisor: Torunn Liven

Additional Music: György Ligeti

Producers: Eva Grainger & Anne Cecilie Bodin Larsen

Produced by Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt

Funding:  The Norwegian Arts Council, The Norwegian Composers’ fund

Co-produced by:  CODA International Dance Festival 2017, Bærum Kulturhus- Regional resource center for dance

Partner:  Compagnie 29×27, SEPT CENT QUATRE VINGT TROIS

http://www.codadancefest.no/en/, http://en.baerumkulturhus.no, http://www.783-nantes.com, http://ingunbp.no

Production period May-June, August-October 2017, Oslo , Norway

Work Residency 22.05 – 2.06. 2017 at SEPT CENT QUATRE VINGT TROIS in Nantes, France