- Black (REPLAY) + No Title
A Mette Edvardsen Double Bill. With her newest piece “No Title“ and “Black” on REPLAY, for the first time shown together in a double bill.
‘With the new piece “No Title” I start out where my last piece ended. In “Black” I made invisible objects appear by naming them and placing them in space. Having been obsessed with what is here, I now look into what is not as a way of activating and producing thoughts and imaginations. In this new piece I address existence through negation. Once you leave behind that which is not, the perspective opens to all there is instead. The work continues the play with the possibilities and limits of language, and that of being, in space and in time.’ – Mette Edvardsen
“Black” is a solo performance about making things appear. The space is empty. There are no things. Through spoken words and movements in space a world will become visible, where the performer is the mediator between the audience and what is there. It is a play in time and space where only the body is physically present, performing actions and handling invisible objects, constantly trying to bridge the invincible gap between thought and experience, between here and there.
“No Title” is about how reality exists in language and how this extends into real space. It is about how memory and imagination blur. It is about things and how things can be there and gone at the same time, and that what defines this is various. It is about things that are gone and about things that remain. “No Title” is about the awareness that all things are impermanent and that nothing lasts forever. It is about things that have gone before their time and things that never quite disappear. It is about what the piece and its making is, what a piece can do, what it is for, what its power and limit could be. It is about the gap between a world and our ideas of it, the invincible gap between thought and experience, between here and there. “No Title” is a writing in space, a writing that is both additive and subtractive. It is a writing that traces and erases, that moves and halts, that looks at things that are not there and recovers that which is instead.
- About Mette Edvardsen
The work of Mette Edvardsen is situated within the performing arts field, also exploring other media or other formats such as video and books. She has worked for several years as a dancer and performer for Les Ballets C. de la B. with Hans Van den Broeck (1996-2000) and Christine de Smedt (2000-2005), and danced in pieces by Thomas Hauert/ ZOO (B), Bock/ Vincenzi (UK), Mårten Spångberg (S), Lynda Gaudreau (CAN), deepblue (N/B), and others. She created and produced two pieces in collaboration with Lilia Mestre (P/B), and the project Sauna in Exile in collaboration with Heine R. Avdal, Liv Hanne Haugen and Lawrence Malstaf in 2002/2004. She choreographed and danced a version of Thomas Lehmen’s Schreibstück together with Christine de Smedt and Mårten Spångberg in 2004. Her own work includes the pieces Private collection (2002), Time will show (detail) 2004, Opening (2005/ 2006), The way/ you move (installation, 2006), or else nobody will know (2007), every now and then (2009), Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine (2010), Black (2011), and the video works Stills (2002), coffee (2006), cigarette (2008) and Faits divers (2008). Mette presents her works internationally and continues to develop projects with other artists, both as a collaborator and as a performer. Homepage
“Black”: Created and performed by: Mette Edvardsen. Production: Helga Duchamps/ duchamps vzw and Mette Edvardsen/ Athome. Co-produced by: Black Box Teater Oslo, Work Space Brussels. In collaboration with: Kaaitheater Brussels, Vooruit Gent, Netwerk Aalst. Supported by: Norsk Kulturråd, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “No Title”: Created and performed by: Mette Edvardsen. Production: duchamps vzw and Mette Edvardsen/ Athome. Co-production: Kaaitheater Brussels, BUDA NEXT Festival Kortrijk, Teaterhuset Avant Garden Trondheim, BIT Bergen, Black Box Teater Oslo. Supported by: Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Norsk Kulturråd. Special thanks to: Heiko Gölzer, Mari Matre Larsen. Graphic design by: Michaël Bussaer
- Black + No Title
- Mette Edvardsen
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