Festspillene og BIT20: Mimodramas

A grand collaboration BIT20, Festspillene i Bergen og Carte Blanche

BIT20 is on solid ground in this mind-blowing, multi-disciplinary cooperation with Carte Blanche – The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance and Bergen International Festival.  The festival composer selected for 2019, Unsuk Chin , is an old acquaintance of the ensemble.

In Peer Gynt-salen this evening, Chin’s work encircles that of her old mentor, modern composer legend György Ligeti (1923–2006). Ligeti was according to Chin very clear on one thing: She had to leave behind the avant-garde tradition she came from. Doing what you already knew was completely forbidden! Besides their remarkable energy and undisputable strength of character, the two composers also share a fair dose of humour. In her pantomime inspired piece  cosmigimmicks  Chin salutes Ligeti, accompanied by Carte Blanche. In their  by Carte Blanche concept , the whole company joins forces to create a piece without a choreographer. Dancers and musicians meet up only hours before showtime to create an outstanding scenic moment, unique for this concert. 

Ligeti’s music might lead some listeners into outer space, as his music is to many known as the soundtrack to Kubrick’s  2001: A Space Odyssey . Adding Stravinsky to the mix binds together the different time frames at play, perhaps with a characteristically restless energy as the most obvious common nerve. This will be an evening that takes the audience through portraits of different eras – only to create the feeling that no era of style truly exists, only music and dance.


Unsuk Chin ­– cosmigimmicks

Györgi Ligeti – Aventures

Györgi Ligeti – Nouvelles Aventures

Igor Stravinskij – Three pieces for string quartet

Unsuk Chin – Gougalon

Co-produced with
Bergen International Festival 2019 | BIT20 Ensemble

Lighting design
Jens Sethzman

Dirigent – Pierre-André Valade Sopran – Donatienne Michel-Dansac Barriton – Omar Ebrahim Kontratenor – Kai Wessel

Priska Ketterer

Caroline Eckly, Daniel Mariblanca, Adrian Bartczak, Chihiro Araki, Olha Stetsyuk

Dans – Carte Blanche – Norges nasjonale kompani for samtidsdans

120 minutter