Inspired by ritual dances Ingri Fiksdal and Jonas Corell Petersen search for new rituals with their high-calibre company – in a rhythmic narrative of choreography, live music and costume.
Talk following the performance on Sat 01/10
How do rituals affect the state and vice versa? Norwegian choreographer Ingri Fiksdal and Danish director Jonas Corell Petersen dream up an atmospherically dense answer to this question. In “State”, a small, new society develops and searches for new mythologies and rituals, dances and costumes, yet remains mindful of the old, lost cultures.
Ingri Fiksdal often deals with themes of perception and affect in her work. Her latest production “State”, set to premiere at steirischer herbst, brings together five dancers in a choreography at the interface between concert and performance. Four new instruments, specially developed for the score composed by noise musician Lasse Marhaug, create a unique sound. The complex costumes created by internationally acclaimed Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov fill the entire space, becoming the stage set at the same time.
Always close to the audience, overlying rhythmic patterns of music and dance give rise to speculation on what a contemporary ritual dance could be, now hopeful, now frightening, but in any case deeply affecting.
Concept and choreography Ingri Fiksdal
Concept and dramaturgy Jonas Corell Petersen
Composition Lasse Marhaug
Light Philip Isaksen, Øyvind Wangensteen
Costumes Henrik Vibskov
Development and performance Rosalind Goldberg, Rannei Grenne, Nuria Guiu Sagarra, Louis Schou-Hansen, Jeffrey Young
Music Heida J. Mobeck, Anja Lauvdal
Production and distribution Nicole Schuchardt
Administration and choreographic assistance Eva Grainger
Commissioned by steirischer herbst
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, Black Box Teatre, BIT teatergarasjen, Teaterhuset Avant Garden, the apap network
With the support of Arts Council Norway, Norwegian Artistic Research Program
Dramaturgy Flori Gugger
Head of Project Management Dominik Jutz
Project Management Theresa Adamski
Technical Direction Karl Masten
Technical Direction Kurt Schulz
Ingri Fiksdal (NO)
Ingri Fiksdal, born in Oslo in 1982, lives and works as a dancer and choreographer in the Norwegian capital. After studying at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Fiksdal debuted internationally with “The Orchard Ballads“ in 2011, in which she combines elements of dance, performance and installation, as in subsequent productions. Fiksdal’s works deal with the interplay of perception and affect, themes which are manifested on stage by means of choreography but also lighting, stage set and costumes. The Norwegian artist, who is currently a Research Fellow at the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, is presenting her latest work in 2016: “State“, set to première at steirischer herbst.
Jonas Corell Petersen (DK)
Jonas Corell Petersen, born in Copenhagen in 1979, works as a director, author and dramaturge. Petersen studied Theory of Theatre, Philosophy and Art History in Copenhagen before moving to Norway in 2001, where he studied Theatre Directing at the National Academy of the Arts until 2010. He won an award for best emerging young director at the European Fast Forward festival for his diploma production of Goethe’s “The Sorrows of Young Werther“. Petersen received the Norwegian Hedda Award for best production for children and youth for “Eg/Ik/Ich/I“. The Danish-born director is currently working at the Norwegian National Theatre in Oslo, where his latest work “Øy“ premièred. Petersen has a two year grant as a playwright at the Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting (Dramatikkens hus).
Lasse Marhaug (NO)
Lasse Marhaug, born in 1974, lives and works in Oslo. Since the early 1990s, he has been one of the most active artists in the Norwegian noise/experimental music scene, has contributed to more than 300 releases and has toured and performed live world-wide. In addition to his solo work, Marhaug has collaborated with several musicians all over the musical genre-landscape and has also created scores for theatre and dance productions, installations, film and video. Marhaug also works as a publisher and has founded the record labels TWR Tapes, Pica Disk and Prisma Records. In 2011, he added “Marhaug Forlag”, his own print press. Furthermore, he has been active as an organizer, promoter and producer.
Henrik Vibskov (DK)
Henrik Vibskov, born in Kjellerup/Denmark in 1972, works as a fashion designer. He has a label under his own name, designs accessories and also does interior design and costume design for stage shows. Vibskov, who also works as a musician, has produced over 26 collections since he graduated from London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2001. His works have been on display at the MoMA (New York), Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and Kiyomizu-Dera Temple (Kyoto), just to name a few. Furthermore, Vibskov has also designed costumes for numerous operas and performers including collaborations with the Operahuset Oslo and Icelandic singer Bjørk.