Four Pieces including Sjoa and Skjåk
Four Pieces including Sjoa and Skjåk (2004) by Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt was a fresh look at the relationship between the sublime and the ordinary. The ballet had rapid changes of mood, rhythm and choreographic language. Three male and two female dancers were the source of a number of familiar and unfamiliar constellations in the relationship between the role figures. And each time the spectator felt she was beginning to grasp a comfortably recognisable picture of reality, the atmosphere suddenly took a new turn and she was forced to sharpen her wits and ask herself new questions.
A distinguishing mark of Ingun Bjørnsgaard’s choreographic language is her combination of classical and modern dance and a play on genres. In some parts of Four Pieces including Sjoa and Skjåk the choreography almost slided into a narrative, but these dramatic situations were continually interspersed with abstract passages. And as always, the choreography unfolded accompanied by Bjørnsgaard’s inscrutable smile, while dark and unfathomable forces seethed under the surface.
Per Henrik Svalastog, Rolf Wallin and Henrik Hellstenius composed an original score for the performance. All three have long experience in working with Bjørnsgaard, but this was the first time they collaborated on one and the same production. The result was a pulsating sound score in which the three composers’ works “merged into” each other.
Four Pieces including Sjoa and Skjåk by Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt was supported by Arts Council Norway, the Norwegian Fund for Performing Artists and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt, ingunbp.no, 15.08.2010, http://www.ingunbp.no/eng/pages/9-four_pieces_including_sjoa_and_skjaak
|Ingun Bjørnsgaard||– Choreography|
|Henrik Hellstenius||– Composition|
|Per Henrik Svalastog||– Composition|
|Rolf Wallin||– Composition|
|Thomas Björk||– Stage design|
|Thomas Björk||– Costume design|
|Morten Pettersen||– Sound design|
|Ken Ruben Theodorsen||– Sound design|
|Jean Vincent Kerebel||– Lighting design|
|Christopher Arouni||– Dancer|
|Sigrid Edvardsson||– Dancer|
|Lars Jacob Holm||– Dancer|
|Erik Rulin||– Dancer|
|Lone Torvik||– Dancer|
|Halldis Ólafsdóttir||– Dancer|
|April 16, 2005 – BIT Teatergarasjen|
|April 15, 2005 – BIT Teatergarasjen|
|2005 – Store Sal, Bærum Kulturhus|
|2005 – The Main Hall, Sandnes Kulturhus|
|2005 – Hovedscenen|
|2005 – Moderna Dansteater||
|March 16, 2004 – Scene 2|
|March 6, 2004||, TANZ Bremen – Worldwide premiere|
|2004 – Scalateatern||– Show|
|2004 – Das Meininger Theater||– Show|
|2004 – Duet Komischer Oper||– Show|
|TANZ Bremen||March 6, 2004|