A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES

Short stories – someone’s demons, others’ love, grief or drama – A Collection of Short Stories by Ina Christel Johannessen is a
philosophy of life.

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.

«Drama in the street under pulsating and striking stage lighting (…) choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen has chosen many fresh scenic solutions, and all the breaks, changes and shifts in tempo makes the show highly varied, but without these theatrical stories seeming fragmented. The dancers also seem to thrive in this intimate format where chaos, drama and emotions are out in the open and right in our faces.»  Bergens Tidende

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.