Jenny Hval: The Practice of Love (2019)
Black Box teater
250 – 100 NOK
(Also performed 21/9 at 21.00)
The Practice of Love is a multidisciplinary immersion in music, literature and movement by Norwegian musician, composer and writer Jenny Hval. It will explore sonic, visual and choreographic ideas while transforming voices, sounds and even bodies into texts, in a process that Hval herself describes as a form of magic. With a multinational ensemble including experimental musicians, vocalists, dancers and video artists, this new project extends Hval’s work into new and even more challenging territory.
The piece investigates the connection between life and art – an umbilical magic, which brings together the possibility of creating art, creating life, and relating to other people, seeking a common language through speaking, singing, writing together. It also looks at the relationship between voice/presence/life and written word/absence/death: The voice comes from a living body, it is how we first relate to other humans, hearing our mothers' voice and responding to it. But a dead body can no longer say ‘I’, and the written words are the remains that are chiseled into our tombstones. Is being drawn to words a death drive? Using sound, text and image manipulation, The Practice of Love is both a magical seance and an inquiry into the nature of creativity.
Full premiere ensemble
Jenny Hval – composer, performer
Orfee Schuijt – choreographer, performer
Håvard Volden – sound design, performer
Jenny Berger Myhre – video, performer
Laura Jean Englert – performer
Vivian Wang – performer
Espen Reinertsen – musician (saxophone)
Produced in collaboration with Black Box teater. Supported by Fri scenekunst.
(Photo: Jenny Berger Myhre)