Made in China is a future-mythical choral work of a creation story about the elements, modernity and the great and all-powerful “I”. Inspired by, among other things, old Daoist reflections on man's relationship with his surroundings and man's ability to influence these with the help of tools - mixed with a modern philosophical understanding of technology, Made in China will bring to life the unbreakable kinship between man and nature.
In the forest at Nesodden, Made in China explores what the concept of nature can encompass, where nature ends and culture begins – and what purpose man-made technology can have. Ever since the Enlightenment ideals gained a foothold, the Western way of thinking has tended to think and understand the world through dualistic, binary oppositions, such as nature and culture, body and mind, East and West, organic and synthetic and stage and hall. With an ecocentric turn, Made in China plays with a panpsychic* sensibility and approach that makes the distinction between East and West less obvious.
Made in China is also interested in the creative potential of silence. Susan Sontag claims in the essay The Aesthetics of Silence that silence brings something new to life. It invites us to be aware of our surroundings, trains our sensory apparatus and creates space for what has not yet been said or thought.
Made in China is a geographical detour from Klouman/Becker/Barratt-Due's America project, which includes the Hedda award-winning performance Vi, Folket and the critically acclaimed Den skinnende byen. This time, a future-mythical East is depicted in Brent Busk Theatre's opening performance in the forest at Nesoddparken Art and Culture Centre.
Brent Busk teater and its art activities are part of Espen Klouman Høiner’s doctoral project The actor’s creative space – artistic strategies for the creative actor in the text-based theatre at the Oslo Academy of Arts, Theater Academy.
*Panpsychism = the philosophical theory that the most fundamental components of reality have some form of consciousness.
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