In her fourteenth commission for Carte Blanche, choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen gives the audience an opportunity to get close up to the dancers. They tell different stories in the same way as in a collection of short stories or like a series of images.
The dancers perform in a set designed as a long narrow street, with the audience sitting on single row of benches along both sides. From this perspective, the audience is invited to share the dancers’ stories and to invent their own plots for the stories the
dancers act out in front of them.
Strong physical movements, often combined with poetic and theatrical elements, are Ina Christel Johannessen’s artistic signature. Her relationship with Carte Blanche dates back to the 1990’s, when she was in-house choreographer. She has won several
awards for her shows, including the Critic’s Award for Ambra, a big production from 2008, which she choreographed and which featured Carte Blanche and Iceland Dance Company together on stage.
Choreography and and performance concept Ina Christel Johannessen
Costume Design Kathrine Tolo
Lighting Design Chrisander Brun
Music Koenraad Ecker | Jacaszek | Harold Budd | Frank Bretschneider | Mika Vaino | Los Angeles Negros | Mental Overdrive | Kreng
Dancers Caroline Eckly, Guro Rimeslåtten, Jennifer Dubreuil Houthemann, Christine Kjellberg, Núria Navarra Vilasaló, Sara Enrich Bertran, Ole Martin Meland, Christopher Flinder Petersen*, Timothy Bartlett, Mathias Stoltenberg, Hugo Marmelada. *Jack Lorentzen substetute Christopher Flinder Petersens in October 2014.
Duration 57 minutes – no intermission
World Premiere 24 May 2014 in Studio Bergen, Norway.