normal is not easy

Planing a trans-Baltic performance takes a lot of preparation, coordination and artistic exchange. The work on Normal Cake, Please had a good start in 2017 but we quickly realised the project is bigger and more complex that it’s predecessor: In the Nude.

Embracing the topic of “normality” is complex in a time when normalising certain, marginalised groups in society demonstrates necessary, positive signs of inclusion – but on the other hand there is a normalisation of both inhumane actions and speech taking place that we all should be alarmed by. So, we pose the question: What is normal to you? And are you okay with that?

Performer and standup comedian Jamie MacDonald (CA/ FIN) was welcomed as a member of the team in January 2018, and a new writers workshop was scheduled for July. This turned out to be productive for the writing process and boosting the audience work. And we were able to hold a reading for an invited audience on July 5th.

Photos by Beáta Kublik
 

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Cake fight in Copenhagen

One of the sunnier moments of this Summer came with the joy of starting work on our Normal Cake, Please performance with a workshop in Copenhagen. We spend 10 days rediscovering our characters weaknesses and strengths, collaborating with the wonderful ARA dance company and consulting with our brilliant consultants; Pilvi, Thomas, Sofie and Paula.
The work opened up many questions around our topic – freedom in 2018. The conclusion of the workshop is already evident: The three protagonists are very stuck in their own views of the world – and hate the idea of sharing a cake.
Plenty of challenges to look forward to!
Supported by: KKN, APCF and the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia.

That uneasy feeling…

Such joy to already be celebrating the 1st year of the Uneasy Listening Society with my artistic partner, Thomas Burø, and the great company board. It’s been a busy year, where we have developed connections to new, interesting partners – and started two major projects: Normal Cake, Please – a site-specific reunion performance of the Baltic Eurotrashers Angela, Leo and Viersturs  (supported by Culture Point North), and the launch of our new festival; UPS! – an artistic, scientific and philosophical exploration of failures and f*ck-ups (supported by Statens Kunstfond) – of which I’m artistic director. Great prospects for 2017 and beyond…

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Normal Cake, Please – performance workshop scheduled in 2017

Let them have Cake

Spent an inspiring week in Riga, Latvia in the brilliant company of writer/ performers Ivo Briedis and Janne Saarakkala to devise the concept for a new performance scheduled to premier in 2018. We are reviving 3 characters from the 2008 show In the Nude – who will unite around a special celebration.
Other exciting connections include the progressive St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Riga, a representative of the LGBT community and the Ara Dance Company.
Can’t wait for the next workshop!
Supported by Kultur Kontakt Nord.

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Nude thoughts..

2016 has inspired new connections with wonderful, familiar colleagues! Soon it will be the 10 year anniversary of the Nordic hotel performance In the Nude. The three characters; Leo, Veirsturs and Angela feel the urge to reunite – in a very different setting – to explore which freedoms they have gained, or lost, over the past decade.
We hope to start this journey in July ‘ 16 in Riga.

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Blast from the past: In the Nude 2008

portrait of the artist…

On the video workshop with Merit Falker at the Danish National School of Performing Arts we were asked to make a self portrait. This is of course a demo but the idea was to duplicate myself as many times as possible..

Video made in collaboration with Gry Raaby, Siri Forberg and Josefine Larsen.

working with old media

This January I’m attending a workshop with Berlin video artist Merit Falker at the Danish National School for Performing Arts. Being a novice it is very reassuring to experience that this field is very much about experimenting, exploring and finding your own way. As Merit says, there is nothing “new” about working with new media, the technology advances but the principles are the same. You must have an idea – the rest will follow. Great to play with surfaces, textures and images. Hmmm could get into this…

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