GEST – Gothenburg English Studio Theatre

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  • 15th February 2016
  • Nordophile enjoys promoting the arts which come from all Nordic regions and bringing them to our English-speaking audience with a similar passion. So imagine our delight when we stumbled across a theatre group in Sweden which performs in English. This is certainly a must when heading over to Gothenburg for a cultural holiday! GEST – Gothenburg […]




    Nordophile enjoys promoting the arts which come from all Nordic regions and bringing them to our English-speaking audience with a similar passion. So imagine our delight when we stumbled across a theatre group in Sweden which performs in English. This is certainly a must when heading over to Gothenburg for a cultural holiday!

    GEST – Gothenburg English Studio Theatre is an award-winning English-speaking theatre located in Gothenburg, Sweden and is the only professional English-speaking theatre in western Sweden. We bring the very best of British contemporary drama in its original language to Sweden.

    GEST is run by Executive Artistic Director Kristina Brändén Whitaker and Co-Artistic Director Gary Whitaker. Actors are recruited in Britain before every production whilst a superb Swedish production team takes care of set and light design, music and administration.

     

    (Photo Lina Ikse taken from 2015 play YEN)

     

    It was founded in 2005 with the aim of providing quality, contemporary and award-winning theatre in the English language.

    GEST works with professional actors and directors from Britain and Sweden and aims to produce theatre of the highest standard, which is accessible to everyone. As well as performing in Sweden, GEST also performs internationally and are always keen to collaborate with theatres abroad. We also collaborate closely with schools, colleges and universities, offering specially reduced student prices, workshops and after-show discussions with the actors. (See Teachers’ page)

    Gothenburg has a large English-speaking population and is the home to a variety of nationalities where English is the second language. GEST also seeks to cater for these people, who may long for an enjoyable night at the theatre.

    At present nearly all the great English-speaking plays that are performed in Gothenburg are translated into Swedish. GEST are proud to be able to show the plays in the language that they were originally written.

     

    What’s on

     

    The Events

    Gothenburg English Studio Theatre presents the Swedish premiere of the award-winning and critically acclaimed play  The Events by David Greig. Music by John Browne. Directed by Gary Whitaker.

    8 April- 30 April at Gothenburg English Studio Theatre

    4 May – 14 May at Kulturhuset, Stadsteatern Stockholm

    (Photo: Lina Ikse)

     

    Featuring local choirs, The Events tells a story of obsession, grief and forgiveness

    Claire, a liberal church minister, runs a community choir in a small seaside town.
    “…a choir that brought together vulnerable people, old people, asylum seekers, immigrant men, young mums and so on – it was a – the idea was – you can imagine. ”

     Claire, a liberal church minister, runs a community choir in a small seaside town.
    ”…a choir that brought together vulnerable people, old people, asylum seekers, immigrant men, young mums and so on – it was a – the idea was – you can imagine.”

    One day a boy with a gun walks in during a choir rehearsal resulting in devastating consequences. Claire becomes obsessed with the boy and the reasons for his actions. She looks for answers among the politicians that the boy associates himself with, his father, old classmates and, in the end, the boy himself. It’s a journey that takes her to the edge of reason, science, politics and faith.

    The Events has a strong relevance to today’s development of far right extremism in Sweden and Europe whilst also exploring how far forgiveness can stretch in the face of brutality. Different local community choirs will join the cast on stage for each performance in this rare, daring and beautiful new play.

    To find out more about GEST and upcoming theatre productions head to GEST.se

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    Finnish artist & photographer – Milla Koivisto

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  • 5th February 2016
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    Nordophile was very excited to come across Finnish artist & photographer, Milla Koivisto. Not purely just because of her breath-taking artistic view of the Nordic landscape but also because of her natural intensity when relating back to her audience her vision. Milla Koivisto is an artist, photographer and author from Finland. Her focus is on the […]




    Nordophile was very excited to come across Finnish artist & photographer, Milla Koivisto. Not purely just because of her breath-taking artistic view of the Nordic landscape but also because of her natural intensity when relating back to her audience her vision.

    Milla Koivisto is an artist, photographer and author from Finland. Her focus is on the natural world and our connections and relationship with it. Milla studied both illustration and visual communication at the Arts University of Bournemouth. She also studied classical flute and music theatre in Finland. She works with several artistic disciplines and her interest lies in narrative structures and storytelling. She currently divides her time between Finland and the UK.

     

    Kaiku

    We were keen to understand more about the Kaiku project from this Finnish artist and find out how this would translate to peak the interest of Nordophiles, with a certain attraction to the Nordic arts, in all genres.

    Kaiku is an audio-visual project, structured around a core narrative. Set in and inspired by the Nordic landscape of the Finnish archipelago, Kaiku tells the story of a reclusive Shaman, a flute playing girl called Aino and her echo Kaiku. The protagonists of the story face the harshness and the isolation brought by the landscape and each of their lives is a manifestation of learning and surviving by the stipulations of nature. Music and sound in the natural world become ways of connecting, coping and conveying feelings in the dialogue-less story of Kaiku.

    In the Kaiku project traditional storytelling is combined with modern narrative technique. The project combines words, images, recorded sound, compositions and video. The Kaiku project will be released in a series of exhibitions, events and talks during 2015-2017.

     

    The Kaiku Series

    The first short film in the Kaiku series, ‘The Old Woman’ is an exploration of solitude through sound and image and portrays the landscape of an old woman called Aino’s soul. The film was shot during a three month stay on a treeless lighthouse island of Bengtskär in the Baltic Sea in Finland.

     

     

    The Kaiku book

    The first part of the Kaiku project is an illustrated, fictional book. Set on a small island where the winter days are short and the summer sun never sets and life must adapt to the changing seasons. A vision of two women with the same face sets a reclusive shaman on a journey from his dark forest cabin to the barren, windswept shores of a lighthouse.

    In Kaiku our relationship with nature is explored through sounds and seasons. Set over the course of a year in the isolation of a small island Kaiku  is the result of a long-running fascination with traditional narrative, folklore and the natural environment.

     

    To order the book and find out more about Milla Koivisto head over to Millakoivisto.com

    Milla talks about the origins of the Kaiku project on her site which gives us an insight into her thought process and how the idea was born.

    “A story had been brewing in my mind for some time, not leaving me alone. On the last day of December 2012 I sat down at my desk in my apartment in Brighton and started to write. I have always been writing stories, but never been mature enough to sit still long enough to finish a longer piece. Writing a book is of course more then just an endurance sport -it is about finding a story you believe in, are passionate about and know is true. For me there was only one thing I could write about. I had to write about the sea and the island I grew up on. The project became a love letter to the landscape I knew. I was brought up on a small island called Kemiönsaari in the south coast of Finland, in the Baltic Sea. At the time I started writing Kaiku I had been living in the UK for seven years. I realised how little was written or known about the Finnish culture outside Finland. It became clear to me that the story needed to be written in English, so I added this on to my challenge and started writing in my third language.

    I started to write about an island, about a Shaman, a girl called Aino and her echo Kaiku. Kaiku in Finnish is both a name and the event of a sound caused by the reflection of sound waves from a surface back to the listener – an echo. What I wanted to portray in the story was the interconnection with the natural world and the people. It was important for me to show the integral connection between the people and their land. It also became a story about solitude, isolation and loneliness, themes I feel are close to the Finnish people through our characteristics, the geographical location of the country and perhaps even through the dissimilarity of our language compared to most other European languages.

     

     

    From the very beginning I wanted to create a whole world around the story of Kaiku. I wanted to not only to tell a story with words but also to make it come alive with sound and images. Kaiku became a multidisciplinary project structured around a core narrative. It is a project combining words, image, sound and music and video. So far the project has taken me to three small islands in Finland. In Summer 2014 I spent a month on the island of Kökar, in the Baltic Sea in Finland, living in the old post office that was converted in to an artist residence. My purpose was to compose and collect natural sounds for the project. I returned to the island in January 2015 to further compose and collect, this time the sound world of the Nordic winter. In summer of 2015 I divided my time living in Kemiönsaari and the small lighthouse island of Bengtskär at the Baltic Sea where I filmed and recorded natural sounds.

    Kaiku is an ongoing project which will be completed in 2017. The first part of the project, is a book titled Kaiku.”

    Contact Milla here

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    ‘What’s On’ SATC NYC

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  • 1st October 2015
  • Nordophile has been keeping in touch with our friends at the Scandinavian American Theater Company based in New York and wanted to share with you some very important upcoming events which are very much keeping Nordic theatre alive!   Kwasi Osei and Zenzele Cooper from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger   […]




    Nordophile has been keeping in touch with our friends at the Scandinavian American Theater Company based in New York and wanted to share with you some very important upcoming events which are very much keeping Nordic theatre alive!

     

    Kwasi Osei and Zenzele Cooper from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger

     

    Firstly, we spoke with one of the actors, Christiane Seidel (from Boardwalk Empire) and found out from her what it is like to be part of not only SATC in New York but the Nordic community as well.

     

    Photo credit Christopher St. George.

     

    How did you first become involved with SATC?

    As a half-Dane, I had excitedly been following SATC for a while and was quite impressed with their consistent body of work, especially since the company had only been around for a couple of years. While I was shooting Boardwalk Empire, our casting director Meredith Tucker had asked me if I could recommend any Norwegian men for a role she was casting. I reached out to Albert Bendix, SATC’s Co-Artistic Director and a fellow Dane, to see if he had any suggestions and we ended up meeting for coffee. We hit it off, kept in touch and this spring SATC reached out to me if I was interested in possibly becoming a member. Because this company doesn’t mess around, I even had to come in for an interview (a very nice one with coffee and Scandinavian cookies) with the entire company. Albert even skyped in from Denmark as he was on tour. Somehow I was able to prove myself worthy and now I’m responsible for Audience and Press Coordination.

     

    Have you seen an equal interest by both the Nordic and New York audience?

    Absolutely. SATC has a large audience following our productions, our SATContemporary Reading Series, and on our social media. For example, we have approximately 80-100 audience members per reading and that includes all ages of Scandinavians, Americans with Scandinavian roots, and Americans with an interest in new Nordic theater and contemporary culture.

     

    Rikke Lylloff and Albert Bendix from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger

     

    Nordic eateries are popping up all over New York and the attendance to exhibitions by Nordic artists is high. Do you feel Nordic drama productions is on the same level of acceptance?

    There is definitely a surge in interest in all things Nordic. Especially, since Scandinavian tv shows like The Killing, The Bridge, or Borgen as well as Scandinavian literature have become widely popular (in their original or their US remakes) and Scandinavian actors like Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Kinnaman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau or Birgitte Hjort Sørensen are being cast on American tv shows and films. We can feel that this definitely has an effect on the interest in what Scandinavian storytelling looks like on stage. Especially, when we’re inviting some of these actors to join us for readings. However, contemporary Scandinavian plays and playwrights are still relatively unknown stateside. So with SATC we’re in an exciting position to be able to bring these plays to New York for the first time. In a sense we’re educating the New York audiences about their existence while filling that increasing interest in Scandinavian culture. There are so many edgy, interesting, and widely different plays that are a cultural representation of what Scandinavia is today. I might be biased, but I definitely feel that we’re approaching the same level of acceptance very fast.

     

    Finally, you are performing a couple of  readings for SATC, can you tell us a bit about what we can expect.

    Our audience is definitely in for a fun (and free!) evening. We’ll have wine, guest actors and we’ll have up-and-coming playwright Marius Leknes Snekkevåg flying in from Norway. Our readings always take place at the beautiful Scandinavia House on Park Avenue. We’ll be presenting two short plays from Marius – one dramatic and one comedic. There’ll be a short Q&A with everyone and usually, we go out for drinks at a nearby bar, which is fun as we get a chance to chat with our audience. Personally, I’m extra excited as this will be my first time performing for SATC.

     

    Readings by

    Marius Leknes Snekkevåg (playwright, reading #1 on Oct 5, Norwegian plays)

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    Christiane Seidel (actress, reading #1 on Oct 5, Norwegian plays). www.christianeseidel.com

     

    Tomas Lagermand Lundme (playwright, reading #2 on Nov 9, Danish play “The Sauna”).

    Courtesy of SATC

    What’s On

    We’ll be kicking off our upcoming season with a new concept called “Shows in Development”. Here we invite audiences to follow and experience our process of creating an off-Broadway production at an early stage to give our audience the opportunity to ask questions and bring their thoughts to the table. The first show in development is titled “The Remember Me Project” and our first audience interaction will be on Sept 21, 2015 at 7:30pm with a pre-reception at 7:00pm. The play we’re working on is titled “Remember Me” (original title “Muista minut”) by Finnish writer Minna Nurmelin.

    We’re also continuing with our popular SATContemporary Reading Series. This is the sixth season of the series where we present five staged readings – one from each of the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The readings are one-night-only events, free to the public.

    The first reading will be on Oct 5, 2015 presenting two plays by the Norwegian playwright Marius Leknes Snekkevåg: “I Love You, Let Me Go” and “We Are The Voice of Our People”.

    The second reading will be on Nov 9, 2015 introducing Danish playwright Tomas Lagermand Lundme and his play “The Sauna”. For this reading, we’ll also have a guest star (TBA) joining us.

    The dates for the remaining readings are Jan 25, 2016, Feb 29, 2016, and May 2, 2016. We’re currently in the process of deciding on the individual plays.

    All our readings and “Show in Development” projects take place at Scandinavia House (http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/ at 58 Park Avenue, 10016 NYC) at 7:30pm with a 7:00pm pre-reception.

    In 2016, we’ll present the US-premiere of Norwegian playwright Arne Lygre’s play “Then Silence” as an Off-Broadway production.

    Head over to satcnyc.org to find out more
    Featured image Full cast from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger
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    Season Scandinavia by Empty Deck

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  • 17th September 2015
  • Nordophile was interested to learn more about a project on Kickstarter which caught our attention, with the two words Season Scandinavia. We spoke to the director Kay Michael, who has excited us even more, as this project will no doubt feed many Nordophile’s Nordic passion. The reasoning behind the venture from what we could see was […]




    Nordophile was interested to learn more about a project on Kickstarter which caught our attention, with the two words Season Scandinavia.

    We spoke to the director Kay Michael, who has excited us even more, as this project will no doubt feed many Nordophile’s Nordic passion.

    The reasoning behind the venture from what we could see was that Nordic film and TV drama accompanied with Nordic literature was now a firm favourite in most homes, but what was the next step? Even though there is no sign of the interest in Nordic drama both on screen and book form faltering, anytime soon, what if Scandinavian playwrights and their works were brought to our stages?

    Empty Deck presents the most exciting unknown contemporary Scandinavian plays in co-production with The Other Room Theatre, Cardiff.

    Empty Deck is a new theatre collective that collaborates with playwrights and artists from all over the world, bringing the best of international new writing to the UK stage for the first time.

     

     

    We may have spent too many nighttime hours watching The Killing or The Bridge, or immersed in the brooding novels of Karl Ove Knausgaard and Stieg Larsson… and we got thinking: Where’s the theatrical equivalent to all this Nordic Noir?

    Beyond Jon Fosse’s work, little is known of contemporary Scandinavian playwrights. Over the last 12 months Empty Deck has been developing Ibsen Award winner Arne Lygre’s Then Silence for its English-language world premiere, and that development has led us to discover other exciting, award-winning Scandinavian playwrights, both up-and-coming and established, whose work deserves a wider and English audience.

    Thanks to International Performing Rights Ltd and Theatre Colombine Agency we have now selected plays from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway that we shall be presenting readings of across three venues in Cardiff between October – November.

    COSMIC FEAR OR THE DAY BRAD PITT GOT PARANOIA

    By Christian Lollike The Other Room, Cardiff 

    October 30th, 19.30PM

     

     

    “The world is a goddamn hairs breadth away from falling apart. Everyone knows it. Everyone fucking knows it, but no one…no one is doing anything.”

    Cosmic Fear or The Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia charts our growing concerns and paralysis over the impact of climate change on the planet. LA is filled with traffic jams under heavy smog, trees are drifting under floods in Bangladesh and in China incinerators are burning holes in the ozone layer. Brad Pitt fears the future. Brad is a man of action and he’s not here to entertain but to make a difference. Brad embarks on the great universal love project: to Save Planet Earth

    Christian Lollike is an award-winning Danish director, adaptor and playwright educated at The Danish National School of Playwriting at Aarhus Theatre (1997 – 2001). He is one of the most performed Danish playwrights abroad and is known for his critical plays all written in an anti-naturalistic and open form. In 2009, he received a Reumert award as playwright of the year. 

    This play, by Danish Christian Lollike, grabbed our attention in particular and we’d like to do more than just a rehearsed reading of it. We’re asking for your support to enable one week’s Research & Development and performance sharing of this play during our residency at The Other Room, Cardiff’s pub theatre.

    Cosmic Fear is about three peoples’ paralysis in the face of climate change. Not knowing what to do they all imagine themselves to be Brad Pitt, using his status as Hollywood hero to make a blockbuster film campaigning for a new global consciousness of universal love, with the mission of saving Planet Earth.

    It’s silly. And it’s scary. But it is an ever-relevant play, which asks pertinent questions of our responsibility as individuals towards the care of the planet, humanity and the future. It reaches into our genuine concerns, fears, confusion, denial and anger about the devastating effects of climate change on the world.

     

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    Collaboration is at the heart of what we do, and the team is only as good as the collaborators with whom we work.

    As part of our residency at The Other Room Theatre, all venue and marketing costs are covered. However we want to employ the most exciting Cardiff-based creatives to work with us for the week. To excavate the ongoing issues of climate change and look at how we can present this text through both theatrical and digital means, we want to engage:

    • 3 actors
    • One video designer 
    • One dramaturge 

    It’s important to us that artists are respected and paid properly for their hard work and creativity, in line with the Independent Theatre Council recommended rates of pay. Your support will enable us to do just that.

     

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    The Team

    Kay is a freelance theatre director, who trained at Drama Centre London and read English & Theatre Studies at Warwick University. She is a founding member of award-winning Curious Directive with whom she has devised, performed and directed. In 2014 she was Trainee Director at Paines Plough.

     

                                                         Photography: Hannah Lovell

     

    Fern has worked between Italy, Australia and Wales for the last 7 years. Most recently she worked at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, on forming their strategic producing plan and new vision under their new artistic director.

     

     

    Born in Romania, Denisa’s training has included 5 years of Architecture and Design, 8 years of Drawing and Painting, 3 years of Sculpture and 6 years of Art History. At Central Saint Martins she developed her practice through both devised and design-led projects.

     

     

    Sara is a post-graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and has collaborated with Kay since the early days of curious directive.

     

     

    Empty Deck

    Empty Deck is an international collective who tell stories that cross artistic forms and geographical borders.

    Collaborating with contemporary playwrights and artists from all over the world, we strive to make invigorating theatre that is physically bold, emotionally stirring, and relevant. We want to make work that is both local and global in its reach.
    Empty Deck aims to:
    • Deliver narratives that uncover experiences of the world that we live in now;
    • Challenge the relationship between the audience and spectacle, exploring the audience’s complicity within a shared space;
    • Interrogate the relationship between theatrical form and content in inventive, exciting and illuminating ways.Help us spread the word by posting our Kickstarter campaign on your facebook &/or twitter page and mention us on any social media platform you use.

    Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emptydeck

    And follow us on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/emptydeckco

    Head to the Kickstarter page www.kickstarter.com

    Featured image by Richard Davenport

    Thank you to empty deck for text & use of photos

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    Bora Bora

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  • 11th August 2015
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    Nordophile on its discovery of the arts in the Nordics is excited to present Bora Bora, a production house of dance and visual theatre. Based in Aarhus Denmark, this is definitely a cultural experience which any Nordophile can enjoy without fear of a language barrier, because the presentation is different to regular theatre and is […]




    Nordophile on its discovery of the arts in the Nordics is excited to present Bora Bora, a production house of dance and visual theatre. Based in Aarhus Denmark, this is definitely a cultural experience which any Nordophile can enjoy without fear of a language barrier, because the presentation is different to regular theatre and is not done solely through dialogue but a very visual exploration of performing arts, which makes it perfect for an international audience (like expatriates in Aarhus). Bora Bora is key in promoting international exchange, with encouraging and obtaining foreign acts to their stage as well as sending the performances they help co-produce out into the world – all the while trying to help emerging artists. Bora Bora presents, produces and co-produces national and international performances, organizes festivals, conducts artistic experiments and initiates residencies and workshops.

     

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    Bora Bora as a house does not have its own dance company – as many other dance theaters have. They work with select groups, though, and co-produce their shows – among other things providing them much needed space to rehearse.

    They are involved with some international groups, but also have a handful of local groups connected. Among them the company Don*Gnu Physical Theatre – who will present their latest premiere “M.I.S. – All Night Long” this October. A good chance to see some uniquely Danish dance theater. Through exchanges with partners in different networks across Europe, Bora Bora wants to show the audience the newest and freshest in visual performing arts. They work together with partners to internationalise production possibilities for a wide range of artists locally and nationally. Facilitating contact between the Aarhus audience and European artists, and between the artists in general.

     

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    Festivals are an important part of Bora Bora. Through festivals – like artist residencies –  the audience meets artists from different countries, exchange views, experiences and sometimes begin long-lasting cooperations.

    There are some amazing productions coming up which we recommend you see. Aarhus as a city is a cultural hub and is worth combining your Nordic travel with this theatre that is raw and impassioned about producing and promoting visual theatre.

     

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    Sometimes words are not enough when it comes to the arts, so hereare some videos for you to hear & see a small glimpse into what Bora bora is really all about! vimeo.com  youtube.com

     

    Upcoming events

     

    Detour 16-17 Sept

    Detour is an urban dance festival with b-boying, house and hip hop poetry – dedicated to promoting and enhancing the quality of urban dance and its great choreographic potential in Denmark.

    The last three years the festival has been a great success in Copenhagen, where it has challenged both the audience and the Danish dance environment in their perception of urban dance and choreography. Now the festival comes to Aarhus for the first time.

    Detour festival is a celebration of the whole urban dance environment and is dedicated to further accelerate the meeting of urban dance and new audiences across cultures.

    The festival is for all ages, so come and join in when the year’s most extensive urban dance festival kicks off! Get carried away by the good mood when some of the best dancers on the urban dance take the stage. There is room for both clapping and cheering, be captivated and get up from the seats when the dancers interpret the classic hip hop in new ways that reach far beyond the stage.

    The festival includes short features from a mixture of the most renowned national and international choreographers on the urban dance scene.

    Featured artists on the programme:
    Tentical Tribe (CAN)
    CJM’s (FRA)
    Rico Coker (DK)
    Sara Jordan (DK)
    Anna Eileen & Marie Paldrup (DK)

     

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    Reptile Youth 3rd Oct

    Mercedes-Benz presents a unique concert with Reptile Youth with stage design and visuals by the American artist Abby Portner.

    This cooperation was first presented at CPH:PIX and later at SPOT Festival. This evening you will experience a fully developed version of this collaboration between Reptile Youth and Abby Portner with a full live band set-up. The band will perform the songs from the EP “Away” plus older material. For the concert, Abby Portner is building an entirely unique stage design with video as well. For many years she has worked closely with Animal Collective as well as worked with John Cale and Jim Henson Studios.

    Bora Bora presents this concert in cooperation with Fonden Voxhall.

     

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    Lost Memories 7-8 Oct

    Shaken, disoriented and without memory Mr. H arrives at a psychiatric emergency ward. The space, sounds and doors evoke glimpses of memories and the staff transforms into people from his past. Infinitely slowly he recalls: A woman is lost in the darkness.

    LOST MEMORIES recreates the feeling of inner chaos from a man who has lost his beloved to suicide, and the paralyzing despair that hits you when you see another human disintegrate. The performance shows in retrospect and in a backward manner the traumatic events which led to Mr. H’s amnesia.

    LOST MEMORIES is a tale of losing yourself when you lose someone else. About rediscovering yourselves and live in a moving narrative with dance, video, words and music.

    LOST MEMORIES is supported by the Danish Arts Council, Augustinus Fonden, Wilhelm Hansen Fonden, Denmark’ National Bank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968, Konsul Georg og hustru Emma Jorcks fond and Copenhagen Performing Arts Committee.

    LOST MEMORIES on tour is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation Project Funding Committee for the Performing Arts.

     

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    DON*GNU 29 Oct-3 Nov

    M.I.S. ALL NIGHT LONG is a slapstick dance performance which kicks the balls in orbit and bang the heads together in pursuit of the cursed self-understanding.

    In the final part of the trilogy about MEN SANDALS which is about the man’s identity in modern society DON*GNU digs down in the subconscious. Four totally different dancing men stretch themselves to the breaking point and throw themselves against their self-inflated walled-up self. They explore the man‘s unexpected paths and hidden energies in his labyrinthine search for meaning and pathos.

    What are these mechanisms we start when we as men look inward to find the answer? And how do we meet those mechanisms again, when we look outwards and are confronted with ourselves? How do we act in this inferno of unintended consequences with guilt and remorse at one end and desperate rescue operations in the other?

    Supported by Danish Arts Foundation, Aarhus Municipality, Aarhus Municipality’s Cultural Development Fund

     

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    Bora Bora is supported by The Performing Arts Committee of the Danish Arts Council and The Municipality of Aarhus.

    We thank Lars Kjær Dideriksen who was only too happy to speak with us about Bora Bora

    Nordophiles should head to the site for the full programme with info and video trailers bora-bora.dk

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    Aarhus Festival

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  • 27th July 2015
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    Once a year, Aarhus Festival makes the city vibrant with life, energy and creativity. For 10 days in August/September every street and alley, club, stage, gallery and museum swarm with art and entertainment. Renowned traditions flourish side by side the new and unexpected. Aarhus Festival has been an annual event since 1965, showcasing local, national […]




    Once a year, Aarhus Festival makes the city vibrant with life, energy and creativity. For 10 days in August/September every street and alley, club, stage, gallery and museum swarm with art and entertainment. Renowned traditions flourish side by side the new and unexpected.

    Aarhus Festival has been an annual event since 1965, showcasing local, national and international artists. Through the years the Festival has been a great success and has grown into one of the largest cultural events in Scandinavia, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. From the beginning Aarhus Festival has been so lucky as to have HM Queen Margrethe ll as a patron, in 1965 as a crown princess and from 1970 as queen. Being the patron she officially opens the annual Festival.

     

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    Urban art, gastronomy and music

    Each year, the Festival has a new theme, serving as a frame for the more than 1000 different events. The events vary widely and cover all aspects of art and culture. Nowadays the main focus is urban space art and architecture, gastronomy and music events and concerts.

    A special event takes place during Aarhus Festival: the annual Food Festival, beautifully located by the seaside. Like Aarhus Festival, the Food Festival is a highly esteemed international event, gathering about 30.000 visitors and 250 participants each year. If you choose to visit, you can enjoy some of the finest and most innovative of Scandinavian cooking.

     

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    Unofficial opening – Down from the North

    Local singer/songwriter Tina Dickow will alongside musical acquaintances from both Iceland and Aarhus unofficially open Aarhus Festival 2015 with a grand show for 10.000 people. The show aims to bridge the gap between her current home Iceland and her birthplace Aarhus.

    Tina Dickow will invite artists from Iceland as well as local Aarhus-artists up on stage with her including Icelandic music’s hottest name right now, Ásgeir Trausti, and singer in the Danish group Folkeklubben, Kjartan Arngrim.

    The concert will showcase the best of both places according to Tina Dickow, who is delighted to share her view on Icelandic music with Aarhus in a great one-off show in beautiful surroundings.

    Aarhus Jazz Orchestra will team up with singer Michael Møller from the electropop trio The Mountains and do covers of indierock tracks arranged by Søren Møller as the supporting act before Tina and friends take the stage.

     

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    5.30 p.m.: Entry to the concert grounds
    7.00 p.m.: Aarhus Jazz Orchestra feat. Michael Møller
    7.45 p.m.: Intermission
    8.30 p.m.: Tina Dickow with friends
    10.30 p.m.: End of show

     

    Featured artists

    Diane Spencer

    We are happy to bring back the always popular Diane Spencer and also welcome new appearance at Aarhus Festival Bec Hill as part of this year’s comedy program.

    This will be Diane Spencer’s third visit to Aarhus Festival, where she on previous occasions has entertained audience with her sophisticated language and somewhat dirty mouth, whereas it will be Bec Hill’s first appearance at the festival. Her creative style has led to several awards and great reviews. It’s intelligent and personal comedy at its best with two shows that in Denmark only will be performed at Aarhus Festival.

    Diane Spencer (UK): ‘Power Tool’
    Flight turbulence, celebrities and the quest for the perfect home are some of the key issues when the British comedian returns to Aarhus Festival. This time with her new show ‘Power Tool’, which is the sixth from the award-winning redhead. She is known for her storytelling abilities with which she combines dark humour and a sharp intellect as she entertains and shocks the audience.

    ”Her wacky and irreverent storytelling will charm, shock and uplift you” – Three Weeks

     

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    photo Steve Ullathorne

     

    Efterklang

    This innovative and modern opera is the result of the collaboration between Danish trio Efterklang and composer Karsten Fundal. Circling around a future universe where humankind as we know, is has seized to exist, the music consists of 11 melodic songs reflecting the different personalities of the composers. These songs will be performed live in concert form with eight musicians and five singers including famous opera singer Lisbeth Balslev and modern percussionist Ying Hsueh-Chen.

    Doors open at 19.30.

     

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    Intrude

    Five white rabbits are making The City Hall Park their home during Aarhus Festival. The up to seven-metre tall rabbits form the artwork ‘Intrude’

    Striking different poses and enjoying the surroundings in the park, the rabbits appeal to the playful inner child in the audience. Dressed as fairytale creatures they bring up memories from our childhood.

    Australian artist Amanda Parer created ‘Intrude’, which in line with this year’s theme ‘Light – more light’ will light up the park at night time.

     

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    Global Concert

    Last year Aarhus Festival conducted the streaming experiment ‘Death Lines’ where artists placed around the world performed together via digital technology. ‘Imagery of Perfection – A Global Concert’ builds on those experiences and adds artistic depth to the format. In Aarhus, the audience will be guided through a dystopian setting by playwright Christian Lollike with performances by Danish act Efterklang, throat singer Tanya Tagaq, opera singer Bae Il Dong and flamenco singer Carmen Linares. Connected via the internet and shown on big screens in Aarhus acts from Japan, Italy, Australia and USA will take part in this digitally interactive performance.

     

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    We look forward to welcoming you at Aarhus Festival!

    At this moment, we are busy preparing lots of fascinating events for the 51st edition, with the theme ‘Light, more light – into the darkness, out in the light.’  This year the Festival takes place from August the 28th to September the 6th.

     

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