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Verdensteatret at PS122 NY

2005-12-02

VERDENSTEATRET (NO) presents
CONCERT FOR GREENLAND

7 and 8 December at 20.00.

PS 122 in New York
Performance Space
150

For tickets: http://www.ps122.org
or call Theatermania at 212 352 3101

CONCERT FOR GREENLAND

THAT CORPSE YOU PLANTED LAST YEAR IN YOUR GARDEN HAS IT BEGAN TO SPROUT
WILL IT BLOOM THIS YEAR?”

Verdensteatret is recognized as one of the leading Norwegian contemporary theatre/performance ensembles particularly well known for their original and unexpected use of new technology in live art. Verdensteatret is a collective of artists from different art fields and they have made the performance into a complex polyphonic instrument a “live animation machine” consisting of mirror projections robots motorized objects and more. The performance was hailed by critics as the best performance in Norway 2004.000 Verdensteatret has been touring Europe for many years but this is the first time they are performing in US.

“Concert for Greenland” is thematically based on the company’s travel and research around the Northwest-Atlantic islands in 2003: Greenland Iceland and the Faeroe Islands as well as Norway. It is also an expedition through soundscapes language and visual transformations an audio-visual composition where rusty mechanics meet new technology on the backside of a “video-shadow-theatre” on Greenland an “any media nescessary”-performance where visual art sound video installation text and theatre blends into a complex composition.

From the reviews:

“Beautiful perilous peculiar. It is likely you have never seen anything like it.” (Bergens Tidene)

"At times we face an experience that does not deal with the parameters with which we usually categorise contemporary art. “Concert for Greenland” produces such moments when art ceases to be a catalyst for further critical reflection and instead turns into an aesthetic experience in its own right. Such an experience goes beyond conceptualization. (….) I will rather consider it a machine of some kind. Through an insanely complicated yet naively simple system of rails electro-acoustics sound samples video projections and shadow pictures they put the machine in motion. Every picture and every movement is duplicated and cast around in the machine. The machine works for around an hour. I don’t think I can tell how it works I believe this is a work of art that has to be experienced…" (J. R. Moe: www.kunstkritikk.no)

Artists involved in creating and performing “Concert for Greenland”:

Asle Nilsen Lisbeth J. Bodd Håkon Lindbäck Piotr Pajchel Petter Steen Ali Djabbary Per Flink Basse Corinne Campos Øyvind B. Lyse Lars Øyno Morten Pettersen Bergmund Skaaslien Christian Blom Trond Lossius Kenneth Kårstad b.avant.

“Concert for Greenland” will be part of a program consisting of 5 Norwegian performing companies presented by Network for Performing Arts – Norway. The event is supported by Arts Council Norway and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Norwegian General Consulate In New York.

More info about Verdensteatret and “Concert for Greenland” can be found at

http://verdensteatret.com

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