Sleep locks the bones is a sound performance where text and voice stand alone in a collective experience with the theme of sleep. A small group of audience members at a time will be invited in to find a comfortable position, relax, and then listen to a voice that fails to do just that: to relax. The piece revolves around a stage text that becomes a sound work, where language, rhythms, stories and dreams are mixed together in a scenic-auditory landscape.
"Sleep" is the theme that ties it all together. Sleep as a metaphor for the place where we are so safe that we can let go completely, where we give space to our subconsciousness and our dreams. At the same time, sleep is a theme that involves talking about the opposite: being awake, so awake that you continuously read yourself and the world you are a part of or are surrounded by.
There are many of us who struggle with sleep, who wake up at night with thoughts that won't let go and that weigh so much more than during the day, due to sometimes (not to say all the time) being high on life and work, high on adrenaline, but perhaps also due to darker reasons, events and experiences from the past that can make it more difficult to give in to sleep.
Is it possible to allow yourself to just be, without being so alert that you are constantly reading your surroundings? If so, is this something that everyone has the opportunity to do? There are always some of us who are awake, especially out among people, in a theater, in an airport, at a party or on a quiet road at night – but also among those of us who are alone and trying to sleep.
In connection with the 30th anniversary in 2022, Nordic Black Theatre invited three younger artists connected to the theater to create their own artistic projects. One of these artists is Maritea Dæhlin, who herself was a student at Nordic Black Express in the period 2007–2010. Maritea wanted to invite institutions with different expressions and art forms, and to which she feels a closeness in her own work, and consequently invited Black Box teater and Kunstnernes Hus. This is how the project has become a collaboration with these three institutions. Sleep locks the bones will be shown in a gallery space at Kunstnernes Hus, in a black box at Black Box teater and with a conversation at Nordic Black Theatre.
Maritea Dæhlin is an artist who works and lives in Norway and Mexico. She is interested in behavior patterns, emotions, rituals and encounters. Her work ranges from theatre, video, performance, sound and stage text. Her work is characterized by the playful, non-linear and at times absurd. Dæhlin was an associate artist at Black Box teater in the period 2021–2022. She has previously presented the works I WANT TO BE TRADITIONAL, I guess you have a lot of questions. A bedtime story and Originally a plant with us.