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Program

1 and 2 May - 20:00 h (Local Time)
Kraftwerk

Photo: Matthias Leitzke

ZERO VISIBILITY CORP

1 & 2 May 2018, 20:00h, KraftWerk
Introduction with Bernd Kaufmann und Jürgen Wilcke on 1 May at 19:15h in the KraftWerk

PROGRAMME

Frozen Songs (German premiere)
Choreography: Ina Christel Johannessen
Multimedia: Feng Jiangzhou and Zhang Lin, Sifenlv New Media
Music: Frederik Meulyzer and Koenraad Ecker, Stray Dogs
Set design: Kristin Torp / Graa Hverdag AS
Costume design: Kathrine Tolo / Norsk Kunststoff AS
Lighting design: Nico Benz

Dancers: Line Tørmoen, Pia Elton Hammer, Ole Kristian Tangen, Valtteri Raekallio, Daniel Whiley, Fan Luo, Anton Borgström

Text: Oda Fiskum
Singer: Aksel Rykkvin
Film sequences/stills: Yaniv Cohen

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes, no intermission
World premiere: 7 September 2017, Tromsø

Produced by zero visibility corp., Oslo; The Arctic Theatre, Tromsø; Ibsen International, Beijing in coproduction with Dansens Hus, Oslo; La Briqueterie, Paris; Arts Printing House, Vilnius.

zero visibility corp. is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council.

For Ina Christel Johannessen and her zero visibility corp., the work on Frozen Songs began with a journey to the Global Seed Vault located on the remote Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Protected from catastrophes like climate change or nuclear war, the seeds from humankind's most important crops have been stored since 2008 in the depths of a mountain surrounded by permafrost. The Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT), which operates the facility, has some 80,000 frozen seeds from more than 5,200 plants in storage there.

The aim is to collect seed samples from 4.5 million plants and preserve them there in perpetuity. The facility is constructed so securely that it would survive even the extinction of humanity. This preserved life of the present could thus become the source of future life if human civilization should be destroyed by a catastrophe.

The mood at the beginning of Frozen Songs may seem apocalyptic. It looks like the end of the world has come. What this apocalypse has actually brought about remains obscure – perhaps mankind has simply gone on as before. In any case, the players seem disoriented and bewildered, executing their movements in a barren, devastated landscape. They appear to be utterly at the mercy of the violent force of a wrathful nature. At the end of the piece there is a glimmer of hope, thanks not least to the seeds from Svalbard. They could be the basis for a new beginning after the end. And this makes Frozen Songs a poem about life, a testimony to the power of becoming.

Together with Chinese video artists Feng Jiangzhou and Zhang Lin, Belgian music duo Stray Dogs, and her company zero visibility corp, Ina Christel Johannessen has created a multimedia production on the theme of survival.

COMPANY
The Norwegian zero visibility corp. has for several years ranked among the major European dance companies. Founded in 1996 by choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen, the company stands for modernity of the highest artistic order. Johannessen makes a point of working with the contrasts inherent in contemporary dance between minimalist avant-garde and elements of pop culture, and melds the two together. The company's 2003 production ...it’s only a rehearsal attracted much attention within the international dance scene and was still captivating audiences and critics alike at London's Sadler’s Wells more than ten years after its premiere. Even then the company was working with the convergence of aesthetic antagonisms and a powerful, theatrical body language – elements which remain the hallmarks of Johannessen's subsequent works. The zero visibility corp. choreographies invariably contain improvisational elements and are developed in close concert with the set and lighting design and an experimental electronic soundscape. Movimentos Festival guests had the opportunity to experience this in 2011 with the choreography Now She Knows.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER

Ina Christel Johannessen's choreographies possess an enormous physical energy that incorporates poetic, and at times, highly theatrical or performative elements. Her works draw also on film and literature, but it is above all the complexity of human life and behaviour that inspires her. The choreographies are marked by a signature ambivalence in terms of subject matter and aesthetics that both entertains and unsettles audiences, challenging their convictions. Johannessen often works with experimental electronic musicians; for the choreography Frozen Songs she has collaborated with Belgian duo Stray Dogs. Movimentos festivalgoers experienced this artistic partnership in Johannessen's choreography Wasteland at the 2015 performance by the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.

Ina Christel Johannessen studied at the National College of Performing Arts in Oslo, where she currently teaches choreography. Since 1992 she has created works for numerous dance companies, including Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and the Cullberg Ballet. Johannessen founded the company zero visibility corp. in 1996.