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Songbook of Breast – Opera / Musikkteater

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Prosjektet utforsker den vestlige verdens uartikulerte relasjon til kvinnebrystet, gjennom medisinsk og helsefaglig forskning, litteratur, kunst, politikk, historie, populærkultur og gjennom transkriberte intervjuer med kvinner som har hatt kosmetisk eller medisinsk begrunnet brystkirurgi.

Skapt av undertegnede i samarbeid med Song Circus, komponist Laura Bowler (Manchester, prof. Composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Northern College of Music), dramatiker og poet Lavinia Murray (prisbelønt BBC-veteran), kunstnerkollektivet Brave New World (UK) representert ved den prisbelønte scenografen og kostymedesigneren Kate Lane og Valentina Ceschi (skuespiller, regissør, performance kunster, co-director Dancing Brick, med regierfaring fra blant annet La Scala og Royal National Opera i London), Pål Asle Pettersen (interaktiv elektronikk), og forsker Birgitta Haga Gripsrud (Stavanger, postdoktor ved UiS / Stavanger Universitetssykehus, og ekspert på brystets fenomenologi).

Uviklingsprosjektet er finansiert av Art Council UK og Norsk Kulturråd. Premiere i november 2019

RESIDENS PÅ TOU SCENE

Denne uken har Song Circus residens på Tou Scene. Der arbeider vi med et nytt prosjekt, i samarbeid med komponist Laura Bowler (UK), forfatter Lavinia Murray (UK), designer Kate Land (UK) og forsker innen kulturstudier Birgitta Haga Gripsrud (NO).

Sammen fordyper vi oss i det (u)artikulerte brystet; gjennom litteraturhistorien, kunsten, religionshistorien, politikken, psykologien, populærkulturen, feminismen og sosial antropologien.

Prosjektet tar vært som en krysning installasjonsverk og musikkteater og har premiere høsten 2018.

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GOD JUL!

Song Circus avsluttet konsertåret med julemeditasjoner i Bispekapellet, Stavanger (2016)

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Jeg er kurator og stifter av Sound of a Cage Triennialen. I år fikk vi besøk av Tord F Paulsen, og han laget denne for oss:

5 av 5 stjerner i The Scotsman!

Fem av fem stjerner i The Scotsman!

“the three ensembles closed with a blisteringly visceral account of the budgeoning dissonances of Louis Andriessen’s notorious De Staat. It proved a fittingly powerful, provocative and confident, internationally focused conclusion to sound’s thrillingly ambitious weekend.”

http://www.scotsman.com/…/music-review-sound-festival-aberd…

SONG CIRCUS LIVE PÅ CLASSICAL:NEXT

Vi kom over dette konsertopptaket i dag, fra Song Circus sin konsert under Classical:NEXT i Rotterdam i mai. Vel bekomme!

Og her filmen Anatomy of Sound, som jeg laget sammen med regissør Maja Friis (DK):

The video is available in different formats and can be customized for screening.
The music is originally recorded and produced in Auro 3D.

Contact for screening: Song Circus / Liv Runesdatter – liv@songcircus.no

Concept & idea: Liv Runesdatter and Maja Friis
Film director: Maja Friis
All sound performed by Song Circus (www.songcircus.no)
Music composed by: Ruben Sverre Gjertsen
Sound production: 2L / Lindberg Lyd (Morten Lindberg and Jørn Simenstad)
Producer: Liv Runesdatter
Cinematographer: Anders Nydam
Visual consultant: Lys og Trolddom / Rasmus Møbius

SONG CIRCUS
Artistic director: Liv Runesdatter
Vocalists: Stine Janvin Motland, Anita Kaasbøll, Liv Runesdatter, Eva Bjerga Haugen and Maria Norseth Garli
Conductor: Jonas Rogne Skartveit
Logo design: Werksemd / Nina Elisabeth Børke

FREEDOM O(R) SPEECH


I Solisti del Vento, Red Note Ensemble, Song Circus
Actor: Jan Decleir and Simon Callow
Conductor: Etienne Siebens
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Angela Merkel is a Wagner enthusiast, Barack Obama listens to Bob Dylan and Vladimir Putin enjoys Russian folk music. Still sounds are seldomly a point of concern for politicians. But if choirs can topple a government and symphonies can discourage an army, then music is more than purely pleasure. In ancient China the first emperor of a new dynasty determined which pitch was in harmony with the cosmos. And in his ‘Republic’ Plato regarded only Phrygian and Doric scales to be politically correct: all others threatened the ideal civilisation.

Dutch composer Louis Andriessen took Plato’s text as the initial concept for a cantata which forms a fist against rigid forms of government with energetic rhythms and recalcitrant chords. Andriessen’s ‘De Staat’ (The Republic) is both a accusation against the soulless and suffocating totalitarianism which Plato defends and a reflection on his musical convictions. Andriessen seems to say with his explosive minimalism: everything a composer puts to paper is filled with political, social or religious meaning.

Thereof Mauricio Kagel was also convinced. Everything this Argentinian German composed is a politically tinged mockery of musical history. In ‘Der Tribune’ (The Tribune) – an audio play for political orator, marching sounds and speakerphone – Kagel twists Andriessen’s rhythmical tightness to a virtuously absurdist monologue, soaked with comical rage and disdainful indignation. Demagogy, misleading the people and egotripping are merged with marching band music with oom-pah-pah coppers and tickling woods.

We place both these analyses of the political system – one razor sharp, the other viciously joyful – right next to each other. A new text by writer Dimitri Verhulst to Kagel’s music hurrays the dawn of a new political age with malicious merriment: ‘The future beckons, the sky is clearing and even the roses are turning blue. Tomorrow, tomorrow is mine and yours.’

A production of I Solisti del Vento in collaboration with Red Note Ensemble, Song Circus and Sound Festival with concerts Scotland, Belgium and The Netherlands

With the kind support of: Aberdeen City Council’s Made in Aberdeen programme, Creative Scotland National Lottery Funding, Music Norway and Arts Council Norway
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STRÅLENDE ANMELDELSE I VITAL WEEKLY

Magasinet har anmeldt “Anatomy of Sound”:

“An extraordinary work. What impressed me immediately is the immensely detailed and microtonal spectrum. A world full of nuances and small gestures that make up one giant musical construction in twelve movements. One can dwell endlessly in this strange world. Complex, and above all utterly beautiful.”
http://www.vitalweekly.net/1059.html