What happens when the facade cracks?
Vanity and courage are the starting points for Siri Jøntvedt and Snell Hall’s piece for Carte Blanche. Err, failure, and all that we as humans do to succeed, is a recurrent theme for the choreographers. They are primarily concerned with the moment where dance meets the individual and where dance defines the person. They often base their themes on their own personal and intimate spheres, and fight to break cultural boundaries and neutralise social shame.
At the intersection of how we are and how we wish to will appear, Jøntvedt and Hall brings us into a world where the stage language is inspired by both the recognizable and the absurd – as well as the emotional!
Siri Jøntvedt (1968) and Snelle Hall (1969) have collaborated since 1991. In several productions, they worked on the ‘Siri & Snelle Show’ concept, which can best be described as a cross between a dance performance and a talk show. Both in these shows and in later work, they have dealt with phenomena such as reality TV, ideals of beauty, the focus on celebrities and the alternative wave. Their most recent major production was Skapet (the Closet) at Dansens Hus in Oslo, in March 2013.
Together with Carte Blanche’s dancers, Helgebostad & Berstad will explore, blow up a meeting, a unity, a song. With this, they want to let the complexity that is hidden at first glance emerge and unfold for the audience. With pathos and sincerity, they will attempt to reach those familiar parts of ourselves that are not often given much attention. Helgebostad & Berstad are concerned with how the performing arts can portray people in ways that challenge the apparently superior. Witnessing vacillation, pomposity, insistence and clumsiness can give us deeper insight into who we are and what we can become.
Kristin Ryg Helgebostad (1984) and Ingeleiv Berstad (1983) studied choreography together at Oslo National Academy of the Arts and graduated in 2012. They have collaborated on several projects, including Jordjenta (Earth Girl) from 2013 together with Ida Wigdel. They also produce their own pieces, collaborate with other artists and perform themselves.
It is about idyllic houses all over Norway, the public Agoras of ancient Greece, Norwegian belly dance, unscrewing a screw, and sweat trickling down.
Through dance and body as mediums, we try to recognize the norms and the values that our societies promote. We question the ways they insert themselves in everyday life and influence the world around us. What is the political agenda behind the way our bodies are presented and how do we deal with it? The stories we tell are maybe not the ones we wish to hear. They are, at the same time, real and fictional. They could be ours, but they could also be yours. We remain puzzled by them, but they concern us nevertheless. There is no guarantee we will be sincere in the answers we give, but we are sure of the questions we ask. Almost sure…
We know it is not about presenting ourselves, nor about representing ourselves. We try to create a language that speaks about the things we would rather keep silent.
Lina Majdalanie (1966), previously known as Lina Saneh, is a theatre director from Beirut. Her works investigate the nature and function of acts and speech in the era of the virtual and of the idealized body as portrayed by media. Hence, she re-questions the definition of ‘theatre’ itself, the relation between political representation and artistic representation, our citizenship status and our position in public spaces. From 2008 to 2013, she was a professor at Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design in Geneva.
Some of her latest works include 33 rpm and a few seconds (2012), Photo-Romance (2009), Lina Saneh Body-P-Arts Project (a website project, 2007),Appendice (2007), I Had a Dream, Mom (video, 2006) and Biokhraphia (2002).
Siri Jøntvedt & Snelle Ingrid Hall
Ingeleiv Berstad & Kristin Ryg Helgebostad
(in 1) Ivar Grydeland supported by the Arts Council Norway
(in 2) Mia Sandberg: Det hainnle om å leve
Caroline Eckly, Guro Rimeslåtten, Jennifer Dubreuil Houthemann, Christine Kjellberg, Núria Navarra Vilasaló, Sara Enrich Bertran, Ole Martin Meland, Mathias Stoltenberg, Timothy Bartlett, Hugo Marmelada, Jack Lorentzen, Magnus Myhr
appx. 20 + 20 + 35 + 20 minutes intermission
A co-production with the Bergen International Festival 2015.