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Waiting for the Sun

En hel natt på Black Box teater / A night at Black Box teater

15. nov. 2019

featuring: Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due & Tropical Contact High, Stephen O´Malley, Itziar Okariz, Laurie Lax, Beatrice Guttormsen, Durga Bishwokarma, Mette Edvardsen, Els van Riel, Marianne Skjeldal, Sara Wegge

Waiting for the Sun is back for its third – and last – edition. This all-night journey is a durational and cross-disciplinary event that focuses on peculiar listening and hearing experiences. It explores voices and sound landscapes, through a constellation of immersive works. 

Ongoing through the night:
18.15 Bishkowarma Durga: Collective mandala- part 3
19.00 Mette Edvardsen: Reading corner
20.30 Beatrice Guttormsen: How to capture a moment
00.00- 04.00 Mette Edvardsen: Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine
02.00- 03.00 Els van Riel: Orange Zwin
06.15- 06.45  Breakfast
06.45- 07.00 Bishkowarma Durga: Collective mandala- part 3  Closing of the mandala

Lille Scene wardrobe
18.30- 19.30 Marianne Skjeldal: Body Landscape – Listening to Nature Within
20.00-21.00 Marianne Skjeldal: Body Landscape – Listening to Nature Within
21.30-22.30 Marianne Skjeldal: Body Landscape – Listening to Nature Within

Store Scene
19.30- 22.30 Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due & Tropical Contact High: Too muuch time on earth..too sensitive..too alien..$ “soo”.. best intentions.. “soo” i dont wanna hurt you..
20.30-21.15 Concert – Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due & Tropical Contact High Too muuch time on earth..too sensitive..too alien..$ “soo”.. best intentions.. “soo” i dont wanna hurt you..
23.00-02.00 Stephen O’Malley: Durational Guitar Work
05.30- 06.15 Sara Wegge: Rise and Shine

Lille Scene
19.00-19.30 Itziar Okariz: Chapter 2 V.W.
20.00-20.20 Laurie Lax: Bad Ventriloquist (1)
21.30-22.00 Itziar Okariz: Ocean Breath
22.30- 22.50 Laurie Lax: Bad Ventriloquist (2)
03.30-04.00 Itziar Okariz: Chapter 2 V.W.
05.00-05.20 Laurie Lax: Bad Ventriloquist (3)

While most of our season program is dedicated to the presentation of individual shows, we also wish to propose other formats with different agencies. Through 12 hours, Waiting for the Sun gathers artists working with various mediums in a common venue (Black Box teater as a whole), intended as a space for experiences, encounters, possible resonances and interferences. The night is composed of performances, shows, installation, sound installations, talks and films.

Waiting for the Sun is an invitation to a moment and a space where time is suspended, where aesthetic experience and theoretical contents are combined, where we are available to what we hear, where the withdrawal of prominent images generate another sense of awareness and sensitivity. It is an invitation to embark on a journey with an incomplete map and find your own navigation, to open up the senses, feel the time dissolving softly and enter refracted landscapes. Waiting for the Sun is a journey into the beauty of the unstable.

Waiting for the sun will include different works by musicians, performing and visual artists.

Waiting for the Sun is curated by Anne-Cécile Sibué in collaboration with Mette Edvardsen, Ida Holthe Lid, Pedro Gómez-Egaña. Thanks to them for inspiring conversations and contributions to the program. Coordinator / producer: Ida Holthe Lid

Too muuch time on earth..too sensitive..too alien.. $ “soo”.. best intentions.. “soo” i dont wanna hurt you..

Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due is a sound artist and works with performative installations. In the works, old instruments are deconstructed which are assembled into new alter mechanical structures where the objects are played through the use of technology and live coding. Her work is often framed by sung texts that reflect the themes of the installations. Over the past ten years she has also collaborated with a number of performing artists as a composer for dance, theater and video.

Ådne Meisfjord has been an active musician since the turn of the millennium, including being a part of the bands 120 Days and Serena-Maneesh. He currently resides in Berlin where he works as a producer, mixer and with his own project Tropical Contact High where he explores generative music.

A skanner with 48 infraread camera reads a sketch based on a photo taken by sound artist Peter Cusack depicting traces of bark beetles found on trees in the polish forest Bialowieza. The patterns that are read activate oscillators and a set of programmed mechanically driven ventilation fans that blow air into the voices of old disassembled accordions. Too muuch time on earth..too sensitive..too alien.. $ “soo”.. best intentions.. “soo” i dont wanna hurt a love song for a grieving forest.

Credits: Hardware Jo Grys, Software Fredrik Olofsson

Durational Guitar Work
For Waiting for the Sun Stephen O’Malley will perform an three hour, immersive guitar drone. Fascinated with dhrupad, drone music, phenomenological spectralism and sound bath / healing, channelled through several years of collaboration and inspiration via the choreographer Gisèle Vienne and the composers Alvin Lucier and Phill Niblock, Stephen O’Malley presents long form pieces of microtonal, physical sound in intimate spaces.

Stephen O’Malley is a guitarist of the band Sunn O))).  O’Malley is a musician, composer, producer and visual artist from New Hampshire, raised in Seattle. He eventually spent a decade in New York and presently living in in Paris. O’Malley’s work is defined by its remarkable breadth, complexity and multidisciplinary interests.

Ocean Breath
This work is built from a choral of breathing patterns. Ujjayi is a breathing technique used in yoga practice, which the artist teaches. The word Ujjayi means “I victorious”, though it is more often translated as “ocean breathing” due to the image it conjures. The piece’s figurative nature is important, somewhere between the abstract space of the sound of breathing and the figuration it generates as if the sign and its meaning were separated or fractured.

Chapter 2 V.W.
The performance Chapter 2 V.W. is the repeated reading of a fragment from a book, A Room of Ones Own by Virginia Wolf, where the first word is subtracted in each iteration until the text disappears. The paragraph selected describes a landscape that shrinks with each repetition. Each iteration underlines a different element in the text, drawing the audience awareness to each component, down to the smallest unit of meaning.

Bad Ventriloquist is a live installation composed of audio, subtitles and a sock puppet. Throughout the night, three twenty-minute segments will be performed. The work is developed out of personal research around the voice and where it intersects with gender, class and entertainment. Audience members are invited into an intimate space of listening and reading that will increase with confusion as the night goes on (and as the sock gets tired).

Laurie Lax is an artist and producer based in Bergen, previously based in Bristol. She has a master in Fine Art from Bergen, a bachelor in Fine Art from Bath, and studied Electronic Literature at the University of Bergen. She has exhibited in Germany, Ireland, Norway and England, and participated in several residences and festivals. Lax is a co-founder of TEXST, an arts writing collective who organise a regular critical forum, a press, and workshops, most recently at Bergen Assembly.

how to capture a moment
Beatrice Guttormsen is interested in the physical result of her own personal actions and presence. Her work is a registration of personal emotions, movements and traces. She works with memory and what it is that triggers it. She is currently working on her masters in medium and material based art, at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

How can I capture a moment, the time there and then that I’m in right now? My thoughts, the stream of thoughts that flow through my head, mixed with everything I see, have dreamed, have happened. Going past the self-censorship. I write down everything, becoming an instrument where the flow of thought passes through me and out onto the wall, down to the floor, as spoken words.

Photo: Ingrid K. Bjørnaali.

Collective mandala- part 3
Collectively making a mandala together: a sharing art practice is directly inspired by the history and the philosophy of the mandala art practice tradition from Asian culture. Mandala painting/ art is a spiritual term which represent the universe/ cosmos. The mandala tells that life is never ending, and everything is connected. With Collective mandala Durga would like to create a space for everyone to meet and be together for a little while by participate in mandala making. 

Bishwakarma Durga is an artist from Nepal. Her work is based on physical movement practice, mask, dance, theater and performance art. Currently she is a master student in performance at Norwegian Theatre Academy, Fredrikstad, researching deeply on storytelling, boundaries between theater and culture, and interdisciplinarity work.

Artist and concept: Durga Bishwokarma. Light: Bikash Tiwari. Special Thanks: Karmenlara Ely, Eleonora Batista Fabiao, Norwegian Theater Academy (Fredrikstad), Spriten Kunsthall (Skien).

Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine

In Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine, a group of performers memorize a book of their choice. Together they form a collection of living books. Visitors choose a book they want to read, and the book takes its reader to a place in the cafe, or a stroll, while reciting its content.

The idea for this library of living books comes from the science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451by Ray Bradbury from 1953. It is a vision of a future where books are forbidden because they are considered as dangerous, a society where happiness is to be achieved in the absence of knowledge and critical thinking. The number 451 refers to the temperature at which book paper starts to burn. In this community, an underground movement of people who learn books by heart in order to reserve them for the future.

In the process of learning a book by heart, the reader enters the role of the author and becomes the book. No matter how much you learn something by heart, you have to keep practicing otherwise you will forget it again. The practice of memorizing is a continuous process of remembering and forgetting.

Available books during Waiting for the Sun:
A plague of Tics by David Sedaris (in English)
Onkel Oswald by Roald Dahl (in Norwegian)
Thomas F’ siste nedtegnelser til allmennheten by Kjell Askildsen (in Norwegian)
I Am a Cat by Soseki Natsume  (in English)

Orange Zwin is a video that was made to accompany the composition Five more string quartets  by Phill Niblock, invited by Marie-Hélène Elleboudt to take part in her concert series Abstract Adventures in Les bains Connective Brussels 2001. Brussels based composer Stefaan Quix saw the performance, adopted the video and connected his composition The Bazaar and the Cathedral 1.5 to it. With this title the work has been travelling to various places. Orange Zwin has also been used as a decoration for an evening at Monty Antwerp. This is how these magnified video pixels showing a massive cargo ship passing the horizon in a bright Noordzee sunset came to live several lives.

I remember the recording of this image at our Belgian coast, and being overwhelmed by the sky’s incredible colors at that particular moment. I remember wanting to capture any single detail out of it and regretting that I had only one video camera at hand.

Els van Riel lives and works in Brussels. She has studied and worked as a photographer, editor and producer for various photo-, film-, video- and theater productions. Her work explore the impact of detailed changes in moment, movement, matter, light and perception.

With Body Landscape – Listening to Nature Within, Marianne Skjeldal is invited back at Black Box teater and Waiting for the Sun, following the success of Massage for Future in Helle Siljeholm´s Nodes on stars, fish and the social… in 2017. In Body Landscape… the audience is invited to massage treatments, (one to one as in a normal therapeutic situation) where the body as a landscape is the starting point for an initial conversation that forms a treatment in which listening / sensing one’s inner nature becomes the focus.

If you purchased a ticket to Waiting for the Sun, you can join the lottery to win one of  three exclusive treatments.
The first lottery will take place at 18.25 so make sure to show up early. You will have to show up in person in the foyer to be able to join.
Lotteries for the two remaining treatments will be held five minutes before the treatment starts. Check out the program and foyer for times and information about the lotteries.

Through various formats, Marianne Skjeldal is producing her own work at the intersection of choreography and performance, examining different forms of presence, listening and ways of being intimate, as well as methods for transformation and possible transcendence. She is also part of various collaborative work as a dancer, choreographer, performer, mentor and curator. Together with Inger-Reidun Olsen they form the artist duo LATERNA. Her works, combining movement with text and voice, are most often linked to a specific site, to space, objects and materials, and the relational approach to the audience is always addressed. 

​Being a certified massage therapist and Jivamukti yoga teacher, the somatic, spiritual and inter-relational aspects of these practices inspires and feeds her artistic practice – and vice versa.

Rise & Shine
Sara Wegge is a yoga teacher that offers a vinyasa based yoga with creative sequencing that connects the breath and the postures in a soft flow. It is a moving meditation that encourage you to find balance and inner silence. It is about building strength, not in order to be able to do advanced postures, but simply to cope with our daily lives. It is about taking care of the self first in order to be able to take care of others. It is a way of discovering our path as we move through the practice.

Sara is a certified Vinyasa yoga and Restorative + Yoga Nidra teacher. She has been practicing yoga since 2005 in a wide range of different yoga styles such as vinyasa, ashtanga, hatha, yin and restorative. She has deepened her practice over the years through teacher trainings, workshops, festivals and retreats in different parts of the world.

Put on soft, comfortable clothes and join Sara in welcoming the morning with Rise and Shine.