Concept/choreography: Francesco Scavetta Original version created in collaboration with: Gry Kipperberg, Erikk McKenzie, Orfee Schuijt, Thomas Vantuycom Performed by: Gry Kipperberg, Erikk McKenzie, Sigrid Kittelsaa Vesaas, Thomas Vantuycom Dramaturge: Sasa Bozic Costume design: Gjøril Bjercke Sæther Stage: Francesco Scavetta, Gjøril Bjercke Sæther and Per-Anders Karlsson Light design: Stefano Stacchini Sound design: Tormod Friis Pettersen, Kevin Sandman Production: Wee Co-production: Dansens Hus In collaboration with: Vitlycke-Centre for performing arts, Göteborg Dans & Teater Festival and WASP/4Culture Bucharest Supported by: Arts Council Norway and Fond for lyd og bilde
25.09 - 01.10
Norwegian dance company Wee/Francesco Scavetta meets for a week long residency in Vitlycke-CPA to work on their piece Hardly Ever and other Wee’s productions.
The residency concludes with a public performance on 30 September.
“Hardly ever” explores the notion of truth and lies in theatre and everyday experience, bringing forward an investigation started with “Sincerely yours” (2008-09).
The work plays with the gap between creating expectations and allowing the unexpected. Presenting the juxtaposition of physical responses to verbal statements, where the slight mismatch opens for new associations. Involving the body as cartography of the space and using the voice, singing and talking, with a significant text that informs with its meanings and affects for what it evokes .
In “Hardly ever” the body of the performer is understood as a fiction upon which an endless multiplicity of possible body fictions and concepts could be written and become visible through their articulation in movement. The performance focuses on the transformative capacity of the performers, being in a state of flux and constantly re-negotiating their own creation in the eyes and ears of the audience members, allowing the spectator to engage in their own associative process. “Do you believe in what I say or in what I show?” .
The space that surrounds the performers provides a platform for undefined expression, an experimental playground where the dancers lay out memories, listing questions and mapping the space, while constructing various instant physical identities and body fictions. A visionary cartography that unlocks and formulate meanings, creating bridges between here and there, connecting forms with meanings that we did not know were previously connected.
How to allow and encourage the body to work in ways that are new, questionable, doted and non-efficient? What does this mean for the spectator’s gaze and how do we confront the spectator with the production of something beautiful, poetical but, at the same time, revealed as a fiction or lie?
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.