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Dark Dynamite

Dark Dynamite (2022) was a solo dance production by choreographer Rosalind GoldbergDark Dynamite received its world premiere at Henie Onstad Art Centre.

Sigrid Hirsch Kopperdal was the dancer.

Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due was the composer. Barratt-Due's music was released by Aurora Records AS on 22nd of March 2024 as part of a pilot project in collaboration with Sceneweb. Listen to the music HERE.


(Objekt ID 134740)
Object type Production
Premiere October 20, 2022
Coproducers BIT Teatergarasjen, Henie Onstad Art Centre, , Rosendal Teater
Audience Adults
Language Volapük
Keywords Dance, Contemporary dance, Performing arts, Installation, Music
Running period October 20, 2022  
Duration approx. 60 minutes
Website HENIE ONSTAD KUNSTSENTER, Dark Dynamite , bit teatergarasjen, Dark Dynamite , Dansens Hus Stockholm, Dark Dynamite , Rosendal Teater, Dark Dynamite , RAS, Dark Dynamite , LYTTELENKE TIL BARRATT-DUES MUSIKK

From https://rosendalteater.no/en/program/dark-dynamite: 

"A beautiful and powerful work about the dark forces in the human body. Come watch them unfold!

Fatigue, lethargy, apathy, restlessness, negligence, despair, or looseness: Dark forces that can strike us at any time. They are demanding and they shape our bodies, speed us up or slow us down. It is through the exploration of these dark forces in the human body that the Oslo-based choreographer Rosalind Goldberg has created Dark Dynamite, a strong and visually beautiful work where you meet one dancer among several sculptural bodies.

The performance was sold out when it premiered at the Henie Onstad Art Center in Bærum in 2022.

The artist herself writes: The body harbors a reserve of dynamite. Lurking under the skin, the destructive forces are existence itself, dissolving identity instead of solidifying it. The body’s capacity to undergo metamorphosis is part of our biology, and we celebrate its ability to change. Change is often seen as something positive, a progression, a step forward. But the capacity for progress comes at a price: it is often counterbalanced by a form of destruction. This does not contradict life - it makes life possible.

These forces are challenging and have the potential to undo us at any given moment. It is the side of life many wish to suppress. As an attempt to separate these dark forces from everyday life, they are pathologized and treated as medical diagnoses although this reserve of darkness is nothing less than life itself. The more the vulnerable sides of life are medicalized, the more our sense of normalcy shrinks in turn. By letting life's worn and unbridled sides unfold, the choreography points to the idea that parts of life are self-forming matters beyond control, and its dark forces are inevitable game players.

Artist talk after Friday's performance

About the artist:
Rosalind Goldberg is a choreographer based in Oslo, who is currently working on her PhD project on choreography as a meaning-generating aggregate. Dark Dynamite is part of this project. Goldberg explores processes of change through a physical and conceptual approach to choreography. What can we expect from the body? To what extent can the body change, which aspects of the body can we hide from?"

Supported by: The Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Rosalind Goldberg, Camilla Barratt-Due, Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen, Anton Andersson.


BIT Teatergarasjen, http://bit-teatergarasjen.no, accessed 01.12.2022, http://bit-teatergarasjen.no/program/forestillinger/rosalind-goldberg/

Import from Scenekunst.no’s list of premieres, 01/12-2022

Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due, e-mail 16.11.2023

Contributors (7)
Name Role
Rosalind Goldberg – Concept/Idea
Rosalind Goldberg – Choreography
Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due – Composer
Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen – Stage design
Anton Andersson – Lighting design
Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen – Illustrations
Sigrid Hirsch Kopperdal – Dancer
Performance dates
February 17, 2024Rosendal Teater Show
February 16, 2024Rosendal Teater Show
October 18, 2023 19.00 – RAS Show
Navember 3, 2022 19.00 – Lilla Scen, Dansens Hus - Stockholm Show
Navember 2, 2022 19.00 – Lilla Scen, Dansens Hus - Stockholm Show
Navember 1, 2022 19.00 – Lilla Scen, Dansens Hus - Stockholm Show
October 27, 2022 21.00 – Bergen Kjøtt Show
October 26, 2022 21.00 – Bergen Kjøtt Show
October 20, 2022 19.00 – Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Henie Onstad Art Centre Worldwide premiere
Festivals (1)
Oktoberdans October 26, 2022
Press coverage

Rania Broud, Tanecni Aktuality, 15.11.22

«Hirsch Kopperdal wears grey sweatpants and a matching T-shirt. Her movements are slow and sometimes almost invisible – or internal. It becomes a big contrast to when she eventually starts to jump, run and bang her body against a wall. Her movements alternate between peace and violence, and in the middle of this, some of the sculptures change colour. Hirsch Kopperdal uses subtle movements and eye contact with the audience occasionally. We also hear her breath and give away small clunking sounds. As though she is in pain, but trying not to show it. It creates a resistance within herself. Arm movements where she stretches them in front of her is done as if she presents pain within the movement. The audience cannot feel the bodily pain she may have, or is channelling.»

Judith Dybendal, Scenekunst.no, 11.11.22

«Performer Sigrid Hirsch Kopperdal alternated between stamping, running frustratedly between the walls, and an apathetic state as if isolated from the world, enclosed in herself.»