Small Stick Big Bird
Henriette Pedersen’s production Small Stick Big Bird is described as a farcical dance performance. Three dancers and one female jazz singer invites the audience into a strange world, where everybody tries to (and fails in) hiding his/her odd personality traits for each other and the audience.
Information(Objekt ID 739)
|Premiere||October 16, 2004|
|Audience||Youth, Adults (from 12)|
|Keywords||Dance, Musical theatre, Theatre, Burlesque, Theatre of the absurd, Physical theatre|
|Running period||October 16, 2004 — 2008|
Requirements to venue
|Minimum stage width||7m|
|Maximum stage width||10m|
|Minimum stage depth||10m|
|Maximum stage depth||12m|
|Minimum stage height||26m|
|Maximum stage height||27m|
|Rigging time||240 minutes|
|Downrigging time||120 minutes|
Small Stick Big Bird by Henriette Pedersen is contemporary dance bordering theatre with slapstick elements and a strong connection to contemporary music through the sound image/music by Lars Petter Hagen. The singer Carin Granath sings in the performance.
After making use of the gallery context and other contexts as a frame for her work, Henriette Pedersen is lured back into the very conventional stage room. Another kind of contract between the choreographer and her audience is made. The illusion waits onstage in the shape of a for Pedersen typical, colourful and luscious world, to the sounds from a jazz singer.
In the production Small Stick Big Bird four women meet in a seemingly idyllic pastoral landscape. With an internal pecking order, in rococo inspired costumes and hairdos instead of feathers the four dancers are similar to birds as they move around each other onstage.
The choreographic universe of Henriette Pedersen’s has often been characterised as understated, absurd and fun. The women she deals with are no innocent skylarks. The inner dreams of the characters, their particularities and internal power conditions are in the centre of the action. An element repeating itself is the jazz singer who enters the stage to sing dream-like covers to the sound of a scratching radio. What kind of relationship does she have to the others? Is the one who eventually decide over the rest? What happens if she chooses to realise her dream?
Small Stick Big Bird was produced as a production for adults, but is also appropriate for teenagers.
Small Stick Big Bird by Henriette Pedersen was supported by Arts Council Norway, The Audio Visual Fund, The Fund for Performing Artists and The Norwegian Composers’ Fund.
Sources: Henriette Pedersen. 03.12.2010: http://henriettepedersen.no/small-stick-big-bird-2004/.
BIT Teatergarasjen, Oktoberdans 2004. 03.12.2010: http://www.bit-teatergarasjen.no -arkiv
Spring program 2006, Teaterhuset Avant Garden.
|Henriette Pedersen||– Choreography|
|Lars Petter Hagen||– Composer|
|Dagny Drage Kleiva||– Stage design|
|Maria Bohlin||– Costume|
|Inger Johanne Byhring||– Lighting design|
|Moa Beskow||– Dancer|
|Sissel Merete Bjørkli||– Dancer|
|Snelle Hall||– Dancer|
|Siri Jøntvedt||– Dancer|
|Marianne Skjeldal||– Dancer|
|Carin Granath||– Singer|
|Sveinn Fannar Johannsson||– Photo|
|2008 – Storstua, Lørenskog hus|
|February 12, 2006 – Teaterhuset Avant Garden|
|February 11, 2006 – Teaterhuset Avant Garden|
|January 16, 2005 – Store scene Black Box Teater (Marstrandgata)|
|January 15, 2005 – Store scene Black Box Teater (Marstrandgata)|
|January 14, 2005 – Store scene Black Box Teater (Marstrandgata)|
|January 13, 2005 – Store scene Black Box Teater (Marstrandgata)|
|October 17, 2004 18:00 – Scene USF||Oktoberdans – Show|
|October 16, 2004 18:00 – Scene USF||Oktoberdans – Worldwide premiere|
|2004 – Big hall|
|Oktoberdans||October 16, 2004|