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Of Gods and Driftwood

Of Gods and Driftwood (2008) by Kenneth Flak, with text by Tor Åge Bringsværd, is made as a conversation with the Northern gods Tor, Odin and Loke, in which the choreographer Kenneth Flak asks whether the old gods can tell us anything today. The performance found its material in hour-long conversations between Flak and Bringsværd, which resulted in the text Of Gods and Driftwood.


(Objekt ID 602)
Object type Production
Premiere October 8, 2008
Produced by ,
Coproducers MDT
Based on Of Gods and Driftwood by Tor Åge Bringsværd
Audience Youth, Adults (from 12)
Language English
Keywords Dance, Contemporary dance, Music, Dance theatre
Running period October 8, 2008  
Website Kenneth Flak, blogg

Requirements to venue

Minimum stage width 8m
Maximum stage width 18m
Minimum stage depth 8m
Maximum stage depth 25m
Minimum stage height 5m
Maximum stage height 10m
Blackout Yes
Audience 150

The Norwegian dancer Kenneth Flak has a varied stage background ranging from Asian martial arts to mime and modern dance in addition to traditional theatre. He is active as a dancer, teacher, director, choreographer and composer in almost all the world. 

In Of Gods and Driftwood choreographer Kenneth Flak found inspiration in three gods from Norse mythology: Odin, the god of war and wisdom, Thor, the god of lightening, and Loke, trickster and god of mischief. The contrast between Odin's enormous desire for knowledge and Thor’s equally great urge to act, are put into perspective by the egotistical, duplicitous, and chaotic Loki; the joker of Norse mythology who always makes for new problems.

The Norse gods are extremely human, in every possible sense of the word, and with all possible weaknesses. The world in which these gods meet is one of cruelty, violence, and yet one of breathtaking beauty. What matters is survival, and failing that, to die in style.

In Of Gods and Driftwood Flak and his dancers explore what these characters represent in our contemporary society, and what they have to tell us in this day and age. God studies#3, a preliminary study of Of Gods and Driftwood, in which Flak performs the dance material he developed with Dansateliers, was chosen by the selection committee of the Dutch Dance Days as one of the highlights of the 2007-2008 season.

The music plays a significant part in Of Gods and Driftwood. All the music is newly written by the French composer Yann Coppier.

Of Gods and Driftwood was supported by Arts Council Norway, The Audio Visual Fund, Ministry of Education; Culture and Science in the Netherlands and the association Letterstedska Föreningen in Sweden.


From the program of the performance, BIT Teatergarasjen, Oktoberdans 2008. 10.08.2010: http://www.bit-teatergarasjen.no/ -archive

Contributors (10)
Name Role
Tor Åge Bringsværd – Text
Kenneth Flak – Choreography
Yann Coppier – Music
Ghislaine van Schijndel – Dramaturge
Asalia Khadjé – Costume
Loes Schakenbos – Lighting design
Thomas Falk – Dancer
Külli Roosna – Dancer
Esther Wrobel – Dancer
Tom Stone – Photo
Performance dates
Navember 9, 2008Store scene Black Box Teater (Marstrandgata) Show
Navember 8, 2008Store scene Black Box Teater (Marstrandgata) Show
Navember 7, 2008Store scene Black Box Teater (Marstrandgata) Show
Navember 6, 2008Store scene Black Box Teater (Marstrandgata) Show
October 30, 2008 21:00 – Studio Bergen, Carte Blanche Show
October 29, 2008 21:00 – Studio Bergen, Carte Blanche National premiere, Norway
October 8, 2008 Worldwide premiere
Festivals (1)
Oktoberdans October 29, 2008