Sometimes we have to choose a different way of travelling in order to keep moving.
Since her debut in 1992, Anja Garbarek has been provoking the musical tension between art and pop with her theatrical expression, unusually rich in detail. Her internationally acclaimed musical universe has been described as profoundly visual.
For the first time since 2005, she is now presenting new material. This commissioned World Premiere is an exciting collaboration with choreographer and director Jo Strømgren, known for his shrewd storytelling and physical humor.
The collaboration evolved from a desire to put Garbarek’s iconic sound landscapes into a theatrical setting, with audiovisual images, choreography, and interaction between the performers. Together, they explore the experience of being trapped in an emotionally locked life situation and the longing for moving on from that place.
Performing on stage are Anja Garbarek herself, violist Bergmund Waal Skaslien and dancer Line Tørmoen.
“The end is never aware of a beginning | And the road is just a surface” – ANJA GARBAREK
By Anja Garbarek and Jo Strømgren
Anja Garbarek concept, music, sound design, lyrics and vocals | Line Tørmoen dance | Bergmund Waal Skaslien viola | Jo Strømgren regi og koreografi | Åsmund Bøe video design | Stephen Rolfe light design | Kristin Torp/graa hverdag Scenography and costumes | Aase Lund Mathisen mask and hair design | Kåre Chr. Vestrheim og Anja Garbarek music production | Nils Jakob Langvik lyddesign/musikk | Mike Hartung og Kåre Chr. Vestrheim sound mix
Produced by Jo Strømgren Kompani. Co-produced and commissioned by Bergen International Festival.
Photograph: Bjørn Opsahl