Why I Wear This Shirt
This is a cowboy, this is what a cowboy looks like. This is a Western, this is what a Western looks like. This is a person who looks like me. This is a song. This is not a song.
In Why I Wear This Shirt Kim Hiorthøy recounts stories and dialogues describing social difficulties as well as ones that have to do with work and gradually tries to construct a map of characters and rules and visual motifs that might be useful to him.
“Last spring I was taking singing lessons. One day my singing teacher, Benedikte, said that Why I Wear This Shirt could very well be about her. Or, she said, it didn’t matter what the piece was about as long as she was somehow at the center of it.”
Why I Wear This Shirt is a solo performance that makes use of language and movement as well as the throwing of objects and the lighting of lamps or matches.
Gunilla Heilborn and Kim Hiorthøy have worked together in various ways on various projects for more than 10 years. They view their collaboration as a kind of long conversation, and Why I Wear This Shirt as a culmination of that conversation.
- About Gunilla Heilborn
Gunilla Heilborn (Ljungby, 1964) is a choreographer and filmmaker based in Stockholm. After studies for Anna Halprin in San Francisco and the program of Choreography at the University of Dance in Stockholm she has created a large number of stage productions and films, such as The Lodge (2007), This is not a love story (2011) and The Knowledge (2015). Her interest lies in themes like collectivity, idealism and the failure of grand ideas.
- About Kim Hiorthøy
Kim Hiorthøy (Trondheim, 1973) is a choreographer and filmmaker based in Oslo. Since studying at art academies in Trondheim and Copenhagen and a short time studying film in New York, he has worked in a variety of fields such as graphic design, music and children’s book illustration. With Lisa Östberg he has made two works for stage, You (2012) and Black Warrior (2014).
Text, Choreography, Light, Sound, Room, Clothes: Gunilla Heilborn and Kim Hiorthøy. Artistic Consultants: Katarina Wiklund, Jonas Williamsson, Nadja Hjorton, Sutoda. With support from: The Swedish Arts Council, The Arts Council Norway, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee. This presentation is part of the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, which is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission.