12 Songs. 12 Soundscapes. 12 Landscapes. 1 Planet.
NEOARCTIC is an aesthetic, poetic, and alarming music performance on the Anthropocene - a new geologic epoch, defined by unprecedented human disturbance of the earth's ecosystems. Humans have come to be a 'force of nature' that is instrumental in causing rapid, often unintended changes to the Earth we inhabit. Nature in its classical sense is over. Nature itself has become a cultural side effect with dramatic, uncontrollable ecological consequences. NEOARCTIC looks at the ruins and the risings of the modern industrial civilization through a landscape of sound and visuals in 12 performative songs. Ruins and extinctions, new life forms and new landscapes.
Twelve outstanding singers are seen and heard on a large stage. Words are sung, whispered, shouted, spoken as rhythmic, repetitive, hammering soundscapes. Rythmic music merges with experimental electronic music. Beautiful melodies appear and disappear. The stage is wrapped in white fabric, a canvas for light and colours, films and projections. A landscape in constant change. Costumes and props are a materialized part of the total composition. Light fills the space with tactile atmospheres and subtle shades of colour while the folded fabric creates sharp shadows.
Running time : 80 mins
2019-11-15 00:00:00 2019-11-16 00:00:00 - World Cultures Festival, Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium, Hong Kong - China
2019-02-13 00:00:00 2019-02-16 00:00:00 - The Kennedy Center, Washington - USA
2018-05-24 00:00:00 2018-05-25 00:00:00 - Southbank, London - UK
2018-04-14 00:00:00 - Place Des Arts, Montreal - Canada
2018-03-21 00:00:00 - Chassé Théâtre, Breda - The Netherlands
2017-11-28 00:00:00 - Théâtre de Nîmes, Nîmes - France
2017-11-21 00:00:00 - Cultuurcentrum Hasselt, Hasselt - Belgium
2016-09-15 00:00:00 - The Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen - Denmark
Direction : Kirsten Dehlholm
Composers : Andy Stott and Krists Auznieks
Conductor : Kaspars Putnins
Vocals : Latvian Radio Choir
Libretto : Sjon
Light : Jesper Kongshaug
Sound : Kristian Hverring
Costumes : Wali Mohammed Barrech￼
Visuals : Kirsten Dehlholm, Anne Mette Fisker Langkjer, Birk Marcus Hansen, Adam Ryde Ankarfeldt and Magnus Pind Bjerre
Co-production Hotel Pro Forma, Latvian Radio Choir