Pli à pli (1998)

Pli à pli

”pli à pli is Ingun Bjørnsgaard’s third journey into the periphery of the Western mind. Through poignant images and dramatic subtlety Ingun Bjørnsgaard depicts our minor defects, shortcomings and embarrassments. The Flux Position of an Insulted Eye (1996) explored the point of view of a third excluded party; The Solitary Shame Announced by a Piano (1997) portrayed the notion of shame and its importance for our personal identity; in pli à pli, however, the focus is transferred to a landscape of courtly love, eroticism and sensual pleasure and of desperation, aggression and joy.

Ingun Bjørnsgaard has in pli à pli created a piece that, through its extreme artificiality, reveals aspects of identity related to eroticism and corporeality in an everyday manner. The ballet’s choreographic signatures and characteristic theatrical gestures create an experience of beauty connected with critical aspects of gender, ethics and conventions. pli à pli is a dance that shortcuts the petit mort with a thrilling glance that is absolutely lethal, yet completely enchanting.”
– Mårten Spångberg

Choreographer: Ingun Bjørnsgaard
Assistant choreographer: Caroline Wahlström Nesse/Marius Kjos
Dancers: Sigrid Edvardsson, Ella Fiskum/Suzie Davies, Gry Kipperberg, Terje Tjøme Mossige, Halldís Ólafsdóttir, Johan King Silverhult/ Christopher Arouni
Musician: Frode Larsen, violin
Stage design/costumes: Olav Myrtvedt
Original music: Henrik Hellstenius: Five Imprints of Time III, solo for harpsichord
Music: Henrik Hellstenius, A. Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, C. P. E. Bach
Sound design: Morten Pettersen
Light design: Jean Vincent Kerebel

Textile printers: Åsne Midtgarden, Ann-Tove Engenes
Costume production: Antti Bjørn
Carpentry: Arnold Iversen

Recording: Five Imprints of Time III
Musician: Knut Johannessen, harpsichord
Producer: Henrik Hellstenius
Technician: Morten Pettersen
Produced by IBP.
Recorded in Oslo, October 1998

Executive producers: Snelle Hall, Cathe Sjøblom
Produced by: Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt
Co-produced by: Kampnagel (Hamburg), Dansens Hus (Stockholm), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen)

Supported by:
Norwegian Council for Cultural Affairs
Kaleidoscope Programme – European Commission
The Norwegian Composers’ Fund
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Norwegian Fund for Performing Artists
Fond for Lyd og Bilde


1998 “Work in progress”, BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway
1999 Kampnagel, Hamburg, Tyskland
Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sverige
Springdance Festival Utrecht, Holland
Black Box Teater, Oslo,
The Turning World, The Place, London, England
Romaeuropa, Rome, Italia
BIT Teatergarasjen/Oktoberdans, Bergen
7th International Dance Festival Kassel, Tyskland
Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Tyskland
2000 Hebbel Theater, Berlin, Tyskland Tanz Winter
2002 tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf, Tyskland,
Black Box Teater, Oslo
Cairo International Modern Dance Festival Cairo, Egypt