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.
More information about Landmarks: www.landmarkscollective.com
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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