28+29 May @ 20.00
In their new production HANNAH Verdensteatret is exploring ideas about geological time and attention fatigue used as an observatory. As a starting point Verdensteatret went on a research journey to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam in November 2016, the same destination as they had 10 years ago. With this research the artist collective has, for the first time, chosen to repeat a journey and gather material from somewhere they have already been. HANNAH is an elaborate spatial composition that provokes a state of absorption in an immersive audio-visual space. Inspired by the immense span and gradual unfolding of geological time, the material acts as a kind of sedimentation process, drawing attention to gentle transformations and how physical objects slowly affect their surroundings. From a human perspective the material unfolds from fixed attention towards exhaustion – in the act of observing slow changes. A production from Verdensteatret is a glimpse of the present, a state of transitions and passages through phenomenons. The present is a memory in motion. At the same time, there has never been so much past as right now.
VERDENSTEATRET is an artist collective based in Oslo. The group’s continuous artistry has been established over the last 30 years. The group was founded in Bergen in 1986 by Lisbeth J. Bodd and Asle Nilsen, with backgrounds from theatre and visual art respectively. Today the group consists of artists representing many different artistic genres and professions. They endeavor to use a collaborative process to deeply integrate different artistic disciplines into projects that bridge the gap between artistic borders. Their works are widely presented internationally in different art contexts and locations, such as art museums, contemporary music festivals and theatres.
By and with: Asle Nilsen, Piotr Pajchel, Eirik Arthur Blekesaune, Torgrim Torve, Niklas Adam, Janne Kruse, Ali Djabbary, Martin Taxt, Elisabeth Carmen Gmeiner, HC Gilje. Thanks to: Espen Sommer Eide, Sofia Jernberg, Magnie Finnsdatter Nilsen
In collaboration with Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Black Box Teater
Verdensteatret is supported by Arts Council Norway