AMDUAT. An oxygen machine
“If the process of dying which is described in AMDUAT. An oxygen machine were to be told clinically and soberly, it would be exceedingly grim and sad. But precisely with the vitality of Harald Voetmann’s language and his use of the interweaving with Egyptian mythology and an ancient-Egyptian understanding of the land of the dead something fantastic happens. The story produces strongly evocative and highly visual universes, and the dying process is thus charged at the same time with black humour, and becomes absurd, sensual and highly present.“ - Kirsten Dehlholm
AMDUAT. An oxygen machine is a visually compelling performance created for very wide stages and fusing live music, ambient sound-landscapes, video and sculptural art, lighting and performance elements.
The text origins from AMDUAT. An oxygen machine, originate from Danish writer Harald Voetmann who merges the story of a man, his father, dying at Holbæk hospital in Denmark and the journey of the Egyptian sun-god through the land of the dead at night. Amduat meaning ‘that which exists in the underworld’ is the name of the ancient Egyptian understanding of the land of the dead.
Music and sound design is created by DJ Hari Shankar Kishore (DJ Hvad) and sound designer Marie Højlund. Video design by Magnus Pind Bjerre who was part of Hotel Pro Forma’s artistic teams of NeoArctic and Rachmaninov Troika. Sculptures and objects by visual artist Astrid Myntekær.
World premiere 1st June 2021, Teater Republique, Østerbro Teater, Copenhagen
2021-06-01 00:00:00 2021-06-12 00:00:00 - Teater Republique, Copenhagen - Denmark
Composer, musician: Hari Shankar Kishore
Song: 1 male singer
Performance: 6 performers
Direction, Scenography: Kirsten Dehlholm, Jon R. Skulberg
Text: Harald Voetmann
Music: Hari Shankar Kishore
Sound landscape: Marie Højlund (Marybell Katastrophy / Nephew)
Video: Magnus Pind Bjerre
Sculpture: Astrid Myntekær
Light design: Åsa Frankenberg
Dramaturgy: Sara Emilie Anker-Møller