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Performance
Walking, Talking Minerals by Olga Regitze Dyrløv Høegh
2 May 2022, 17:00 – 20:00

Walking, Talking Minerals durational performance scenography by Olga Regitze Dyrløv Høegh

Performative scenography
Monday 2 May 5 – 8pm (durational performance)
Free entry

Please join us for this performance and scenography by Olga Regitze Dyrløv Høegh, produced by Norwegian Theatre Academy/Østfold University College as Dyrløv Høeghs’s final master production work: Walking, Talking Minerals is organized as a material dramaturgy in the format durational performative scenography performed in two shifting architectural contexts: the white cube and the black box. 

In the performative scenography the Belgian born dancer Mirte Bogaert labors sand – moves it around the space creating and destroying tableaus in a continuous loop. The choreography focuses on the body as a machine, extended by tools and considering the power with which humans work materials – and to an equal extent – how humans are overpowered by it. The concept has considered one material: stone, worked to different degrees by a human body creating different materializations: stone, gravel and grained into sand. The soundscape, the physical labor, the shaping of materials spatially and the dancer’s natural exhaustion by the work makes up for the performance and the scenography.

The dancer is the scenographer
The choreography draws the space – in materials
The performer dances the space

Throughout the piece different tools will be used. Some made from ancient techniques, some 3D printed using newer techniques.

The musical score is composed in and out of distorted and manipulated real sounds of the material, the actual sounds of the actions – considering silence and connecting sonically to the things in the space.

The dancer is the instrument
The instrument choreographs the space

Walking, Talking Minerals is a context-specific dance performance realized in two different spatial-institutional contexts; the performing arts institution and the visual arts institution. All spaces are danced as a landscape-score by performer Mirte Bogaert and sounded by Johan August Dyrløv Høegh.

The first manifestation, WTM#01, was a performative scenography in Palmera Gallery in Bergen during Meteor International Theater Festival 2021. Recycled plastic object 3D-printed by 91-92

The second, WTM#02, was a performative scenography in the black box of Norwegian Theatre Academy, March 4, 2022. The black box hosted an encounter between sand, tool, dancer and architecture/institutiondisplaying the power dynamic within that spatio-temporal assemblage and how it fictionalized materials.

The third, WTM#03, is a durational performative scenography in O - Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2, 2022. This context will host an encounter between sand, tools, body and the exhibition “Wild, Warm, and Cautious” by artist Annette Holdensen. Asking questions to the power dynamic within that spatio-temporal assemblage – the curation between artworks and through it questioning the role of the scenographer as an independent artist. 

Concept, scenography & costume
Olga Regitze Dyrløv Høegh
www.olgaregitze.com

Performer
Mirte Bogaert
www.mirtebogaert.com

Lyddesign
Johan August Dyrløv Høegh 
Lydtekniker
Tobias Grann

Produced by Norwegian Theatre Academy/Østfold University College
as Olga Regitze’s final master production work

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Huge thanks to Sidsel Graffer, Philipp Schulte, Serge von Arx & Karen Erika Earle Kipphoff