‘Everyone needs to have a real blowout occasionally. Let themselves go and forget the drudge of everyday life. Then it’s great to suddenly be Antonio Banderas, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood or another filmstar,’ says Danish-Icelandic theatre director Kristján Ingimarsson.
He and his theatre company Neander, joined by actor Joen Højerslev, contemporary circus artist Lars Gregersen and parkour acrobat Didier Oberlé, have had enormous success with the comedy BLAM! In 2012 the Danish Reumert Prize jury awarded the performance a prize in the special category. The performance is a declaration of love for film. The grotesque, bloody, exaggerated cool stunds, the movements and gestures of the heroes. It is also a comment on current times, according to Kristján Ingimarsson.
‘We keep moving into the universe of fiction with increasing frequency. Just think how much time is spent on computer games. In Jackass culture, passion and death-defiance are lived out through wild, idiotic stunts, Sometimes it seems to be the only way to feel alive.
Ever since 1998 Kristján Ingimarsson and Neander have examined the laws of physics, the devices of comedy and the possibilities innate in storytelling with limitless curiosity. All performances are created out of typical features of the times we live in. The germ of an idea comes to Ingimarsson’s head and slowly takes form as a script and a performance after countless meetings, workshops and rehearsals with the other people involves. Neander and Kristján Ingimarsson have never in their 15-year career stooped to making a performance from a pre-existent script.
Facts: Blamming is a way to feel and express oneself. It is the feeling you have when you leave the cinema after a fantastic action film. You are half in the film, half in reality. As a blammer you put this condition into action by behaving like your film heroes when they walk, shoot, talk, drink whisky, fight and so on. Blamming may also be re-enacting scenes from the films you have seen.