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The Norwegian national company of contemporary dance

MONUMENT 0.10: The Living Monument

World Premiere 10 March 2022

MONUMENT 0.10: THE LIVING MONUMENT creates a world based on colour and slowed movement. In a magnificent scenography the audience is taken on a meditative journey through vibrant tableaus in a dreamlike universe where time almost stands still. The Living Monument invites the audience to slow down and immerse themselves in the sensory impressions and figures that appear in the endless landscapes on the scene.
Choreographer Eszter Salamon uses a broad range of formats and expressions when she explores contemporary themes. The Living Monument is built on still life, slowness and the presence of the body. The production is a part of Salamon’s MONUMENT-series which since 2014 has explored how monuments can conserve our memories and create spaces of liberation and inclusivity – this is the fundamental idea behind Salamons inquisitive contemporary choreography.  
The Living Monument begins in a black landscape inhabited by creatures dressed in glittering materials and creaking leather. The performance slowly moves into new colour schemes where the audience can relive their own visual memories and create their own images. Each tableau is bound together by Carmen Villain’s dynamic score which floats over the stage and boosts the experience.  
In the performance, the theatrical elements are equal and interdependent, and it develops into an installation of sound, movement and figures. The landscapes on stage makes a space for sensing and wonder, and the slow transitions between colours, grand scenography and detailed costumes make for a strong and unique visual experience.


Eszter Salamon

Eszter Salamon lives and works in Berlin and Paris. She is currently a PhD Research Fellow at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. She won the Evens Art Prize 2019 and La vie bonne call for projects by the National Center for Plastic Arts (FR) and Aware: Archive of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions in 2020. Salamon’s productions have been shown at institutions and festivals such as MoMa in New York, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Julidans in Amsterdam, Tanzquarter in Vienna, Festival d’Avignon and Tanz im August in Berlin.



Introduction video

Interview with choreographer

Artistic Director: Annabelle Bonnéry | General Manager: Tone Tjemsland | Communication Director: Birthe Skotheim | Production & Planning Director: Tora de Zwart Rørholt | Rehearsal Director: Shlomi Ruimi | Touring Director: Gulli Kr. Sekse | Sales & Marketing Assistant: Jonas Sharif Hordvik | Administrative Secretary: Mona Igland | Technical Director: Jeroen Tjeerd de Groot | Technical Coordinator: Mark Simon Watts | Chief Electrician: Robert Roespel | Head of Sound: Gunnar Innvær | Stage & Tour Manager: Jan Tore Solberg | Lighting Technician: Thomas Bruvik, Stephen Lunn, Hans Skogen | Stage Technician: Vegard Veivåg, Jakob Vik |Head of Costumes: Indrani Balgobin | Dresser: Renate Rolland | Modeler/Tailor: Martina Wilhelms | Seamstress/Dresser: Krishna Biscardi | Props and Masks: June Olsen | Voice Coach: Rikke Lina Matthiessen | Housekeeping: Benigne Nizigiyimana & Davin Iratunga | PR-photo Sjur Pollen | Process & Press Photos: Øystein Haara | Video: David Alræk | Thanks: Collectif Das Plateau, Bouffes du nord, Chaillot Théâtre national de la Danse, Vivarium Studio, I see | Supported by: Botschaft Gbr (Alexandra Wellensiek) / Studio E.S (Elodie Perrin) / Institute of Speculative Narration and Embodiment | Botschaft Gbr / Eszter Salamon is supported by DIEHL+RITTER/ TANZPAKT RECONNECT, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative and by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin STUDIO E.S receives financial support from DRAC Ile de France – the Regional Directory of Cultural Affairs of Paris – Ministry of Culture and Communication

  • MONUMENT 0.10: The Living Monument

    Amsterdamse Stadschouburg, Julidanse, Amsterdam

    5. July


  • MONUMENT 0.10: The Living Monument

    Amsterdamse Stadschouburg, Julidanse, Amsterdam

    6. July