And there is a chair
And there is a chair takes place in a room that is at once recognizable and alien: the unadorned theatre space. The objects and opportunities found within are drawn together in a total choreography which invites the participation of the audience’s imagination. Working with the concept of translation, And there is a chair takes as its point of departure a written text that functions both a letter and as a score for the performance. Movements, rhythms, lights and sounds develop from and adapt the text; they meet, and are paraphrased and adjusted in dialogue with each other, drawing out the poetic possibilities inherent in commonplace objects, words and gestures. Each element creates an echo across another form or medium, ultimately echoing in the mind of the audience, until the boundaries of the choreography dissolve and this closed world opens out, allowing the piece to continue potentially without end, resonating across memory and time.
And There Is A Chair is developed and performed by Mirte Bogaert, based on work conducted at Research Studios at P.A.R.T.S. 2017-2018.
Sound design and composition: Stephan Meidell in collaboration with Mirte Bogaert. Light design: Eirik L. Hegre. Outside eye: Nicola Gunn. Text consultant: Vincent Stephen. Vocal coach: Eva Pfitzenmaier. Producers: Camilla Svingen/Syv mil AS, Lisa Nøttseter/ Bergen dansesenter
Co-produced by: BIT teatergarasjen, Carte Blanche – The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance. Supported by: Kulturrådet (Arts Council Norway), Bergen Kommune, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Bergen Dansesenter - Regional Competence Center for Dance
Special thanks to: Liv Basberg, Matthieu Goeury, Annabel Heyse, P.A.R.T.S., Alain Franco, Line Midtøy