under the nothing night - kipperberg/scavetta/lertxundi


Produced by Wee. Co-produced by Vitlycke-Centre as Performing Arts. With the support of: Norsk kulturråd fri scenekunst dans (full list of collaborations is still under work.)

11.05 - 23.05

During this residency from 11-23 May 2020, choreographers Gry Kipperberg and Francesco Scavetta will work on their new performance “Under the nothing night”.
The first presentations are planned at Vitlycke-Centre for Performing Arts on the 9th, 10th and 11th of October. The work will have its premiere at Dansens Hus, Oslo, the 22nd of October 2020 (performances until the 28th of October).

The piece is performed by Gry Kipperberg and created in collaboration with Francesco Scavetta and filmmaker Laida Lertxundi. Produced by Wee. Co-produced by Vitlycke-Centre as Performing Arts. With the support of: Norsk kulturråd fri scenekunst dans (full list of collaborations is still under work.)

“Under the nothing night” is a solo work that deals with identity and presence where absence and inner feelings are recurring themes. A piece where by juxtaposition, we draw parallels between physical landscapes and the body, as sites of experience and recollection. We relate to nature through a phenomenological body and emotional environments that hints at narratives, while remaining enigmatic. Body, movements, and sounds are placed/misplaced/replaced in a landscape where something unnatural is brought into a natural environment or vice versa. The relationship between body and nature is an underlying thread. The meeting and the transition between inner and outer worlds allows the surfacing of what is seemingly invisible, seeking to challenge conventions and beliefs. An extended longing to surrender.

“We read, watched, and analysed interviews, texts and documents by, and on, among others: Jill Johnston, Edie Sedgwick, Gena Rowlands, Agnes Martin. Those researches fuelled personal memories, associations, and perceptions, experienced “not as nostalgia, but as a way of making sense, of finding practical applications of the past in the present.” (Bruce Nauman).
We are interested in materialising the complex expression of a female persona; her spontaneous and unambiguous quality of gesture; her cinematic presence. We found ourselves in a blur area where inspiration comes from an artificial identification, more than from reconstruction: a self-imposed associative process edging the work between personal embodying, enacting, and impersonating.”

How what we think affects the body? How does the body think? The body carries stories, experiences, traumas, and plenty of fluids. The body that embraces and meets the others, from where we look and by which we are seen.

Wee was established by Francesco Scavetta and Gry Kipperberg in Oslo (Norway) in 1999 and have, since the beginning, marked itself for its original style and an extensive international activity. Wee has produced 20 performances -and several commissioned and shorter works – and toured in 36 countries in Europe, Middle East, Asia, North and South America.
The projects have been produced with the support of Norwegian Culture Council and other public bodies, in cooperation with national and international organizations. In Norway, the company works closely with Dansens Hus in Oslo, which figure as a co-producer in six of the company’s productions. Wee’s work has received numerous awards, most recently in Croatia, in 2014: Best Dance Performance for the Surprised Body Project – Zagreb.

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