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Espen Hjort & Mees Borgman / Landmarks

Stonework is a playful and primitive physical duet between a human performer and a stone from the Hallingskarvet mountain range in Norway. The starting point for the work is the wish to collaborate as equals with the stone and to create a work that is just as engaging for a stone as for a human. This forced us to rethink our approach to theatre and our means of communication. Stonework is about vibration, temperature, force and gravity, and about two bodies trying to become one another. But how do you entertain a stone?


Even if the work is stone-centred, we would like to invite a human audience to witness this duet, in the hope that we can all be infected with a bit of stone-ness. Perhaps the stone can teach us about softness? Eventually, our aim is to learn how to coexist with nonhumans in a more empathic way.

The work is gentle and playful, part physical performance, part theatrical installation and part composition. Composer Seán ó Dálaigh creates a sound work based on the unique frequencies of the stone performer.

Stonework marks the beginning of a series of works created together with Espen under the name Landmarks. This work for stones will be followed by Treework, Mountainwork and several other works. 

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Concept: Mees Borgman & Espen Hjort & the stone

Direction: Espen Hjort & the stone

Choreography: Mees Borgman & the stone

Performance: Mees Borgman & the stone

Music: Seán ó Dálaigh & the stone

Scenografie en licht: Grischa Runge & the stone

Dramaturgie: Floor Cremers & the stone

Technician: Jorick Bronius

Costume: Martina Bauer

Productie: Elisia da Silva Martins Peças

Outside eye: Bára Sigfúsdóttir, Marlies Heuer

Scientific advice: dr. Oliver Plümper, Universiteit Utrecht

Graphic design: Lucas van Hapert

Photography: Geert Goiris

Thank you: Koosje Laan, de Veenfabriek, Singel Film, Jasper Smits

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