«It is this balance between recognizable yet ambiguous relational situations and an aesthetical realm that keeps you on guard, which in Seven Duets creates moments where Bjørnsgaard’s choreography and the humane chaos it generates really comes into its own.» Venke Sortland, Norsk Shakespearetidskrift
«The movements are beautiful in a non-ambitious manner, and the way the two relate to eachother is humane in its lack of direction. There is nothing, and at the same time everything.» Venke Sortland, Norsk Shakespearetidskrift
Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt: Seven Duets (2021)
Premiere 16. June 2021 at Bærum Kulturhus.
Seven Duets reflects on the duet as a concept to examine variations of both tenderness, conflict and helplessness between two people.
The dancerly duet is a returning trope in Ingun Bjørnsgaard’s work, explored in a way that opposes seamless interaction to depict the complexity of human intimacy in its both wavering and alluring forms and fragments of movement.
The performance embraces the melancholy agony and illnesses derived from a painterly fin de siècle ambiance, from which also Edvard Munch’s winged female motif Harpy emerges.
Seven Duets brings together alienation and longing for life in a choreographic language that opens up to the viewer’s own narrative.
In a first time collaboration with award winning fashion designer Michael Olestad as costume designer.
Co-producer: Bærum Kulturhus.
Choreographer: Ingun Bjørnsgaard
Dancers: Louis Schou-Hansen, Marianne Haugli, Matias Rønningen, Katja Henriksen Schia and Charlott Utzig
Stage design: Thomas Björk
Costume design: Michael Olestad
Music: Henrik Hellstenius, Biosphere, Robert de Visée, J.S. Bach
Lighting design: Hans Skogen
Sound design: Morten Pettersen