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