Deep within the cold and dark inside Svalbard Global Seed Vault, the origin of life is being stored. Under the direction of the UN, the world’s future is kept here. This scenario forms the backdrop of the production Frozen Songs by celebrated Norwegian choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen. Joining her are dancers from her ensemble Zero Visibility Corp, the Chinese video artists Feng Jiangzhou og Zhang Lin and Belgian musical duo Stray Dogs. In this performance Norwegian and international artists come together on stage to create a unique artistic experience centred around one very important and current question: Survival.
Choreographer：Ina Christel Johannessen
As a sought-after choreographer Ina has been invited to created works for international companies and institutions. Among them are Helsinki City Dance Company, The Royal Swedish Opera, Scottish Dance Theatre, The National Theatres in Oslo and Bergen, Dance and Theatre Academy of Helsinki, Les Ballet de Monte Carlo, CCDC Hong Kong, Cullberg Ballet, The Norwegian Opera & Ballet and Gothenburg Opera Dance Company. Her collaboration with CCDC, dance company from Hong Kong founded by Willie Tsao, and Ibsen International, resulted in “Hedvig from the Wild Duck”, performance that successfully toured Hong Kong, mainland China and was highly acclaimed at the Ibsen Festival 2014 in Oslo.
Multimedia Artists: Sifenlv Multimedia Studio
Sifenlv New Media Studio concentrates on the production of contemporary Performing Art works. The Studio is recognised for its ground breaking projects within electronic music, dance, performance, opera and installation art, and through its productions it has developed a new aesthetic way of thinking interactive art in China. The studio serves as an innovative laboratory where programmers, performance artists and audio visual artists in unison develop software and artistic creations. Sifenlv New Media Studio has released one performing art piece every year since it is established in 2008. The performing workSpring Wind (2007), Floating City, Fleeting Life (2008), Reading-Mistake Series (2009-2010), The Imperial Harem (2011) , Micro-Connection (2012), Magic City (2013) are crowned as the most avant-garde contemporary performing works which were invited to Kassell China public art exhibition, Berlin Festival in Germany, Milano Triennale Design Museum in Italy, Avignon Festival in France and UCCA in China. With the often great and spectacular productions the studio has put a focus on the use of new media in art, just as the projects have opened up to the possibility of a cross-aesthetic cooperation between traditional and modern performance art in China.
Choreography/artistic direction Ina Christel Johannessen
Music Stray Dogs
Multimedia Feng Jiangzhou, Zhang Lin Sifenlv New Media, Beijing
Scenography Kristin Torp/Graa Hverdag AS
Costume design Kathrine Tolo, Norsk Kunststoff AS
Light Design Nico Benz
Sound design Morten Pettersen
Dancers Line Tørmoen, Pia Elton Hammer, Ole Kristian Tangen, Valtteri Raekallio, Daniel Whiley, Fan Luo, Anton Borgstrøm
Photo Antero Hein/Hein Creations
Production management Kirsti Ulvestad, zero visibility corp
Production Zero Visibility Corp, Hålogaland Teater, Ibsen International
Co-production Dansens Hus Norway, La Briqueterie, Paris, Arts Printing House, Vilnius