"Deep inside the Global Seed Vault at Svalbard, in the dark and cold, the source of life and possible new beginnings are being kept. Here the world stores it´s future."
This scenario forms the backdrop of a new creation by Norwegian choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen. The cast of seven great dancers give “Frozen Songs” a unique and powerful physicality, combined with poetic and often theatrical elements that we will get the opportunity to see at the coming Belgrade Dance Festival.
With the combination of the scenographic elements, multi -media, light design and composed music this performance will create an experience out of the ordinary. Born out of the exciting encounter between international and Norwegian artists, this performance offers a unique experience, which brings forth the most vital theme of today; the survival of our species.
The performance, which premiered in Norway in September, is produced by “Zero visibility corp.” founded by Johannessen in 1996. This Oslo-based company’s artistic work is characterised by a striking physical and technical expression, allowing the dancers to excel, but at the same time express the complexity of human life, our feelings, emotions and conditions.
Johannessen is the award-winning choreographer, educated at the National College of Performing Arts in Oslo, where she now teaches choreography classes. She is very much involved in and cooperating on the creating of visual elements such as lighting and set design, which play crucial parts of her work as a whole. The musical elements are always composed of electronic works from international composers, either new or rewritten works. We still remember her great performance “The Guest” which was one of the headliners at the 15th Belgrade Dance Festival two years ago.
Starting on March 15, the forthcoming Belgrade Dance Festival as probably the most prestigious project in the region is featuring big names from 13 countries, representing both traditional and cutting-edge dancing traditions.
The first festival was put together by the International Dance Council CID a UNESCO body, and Aja Jung, who to date remains the programme selector. Jung, perhaps the most prominent Serbian ballet dancer of the recent past, and a noted choreographer, aims to present the latest ideas in contemporary dance and build relationships with both domestic and international audiences. She is also director of the National Foundation for Dance, which educates both young and professional dancers as well as keeping doors open for all local or foreign dance companies that wish to prepare their choreographies.
March seems to be far away, but the number of seats is limited, so hurry up to secure yours.