FOR LUDWIG [RE:BIRTH]

Photo: Christoffer Brekne

Intertwining movement, performance art, poetic scenery and sound landscape, FOR LUDWIG [RE:BIRTH] calls for our reflection on how we celebrate and memorize life’s small and big events. It centres on the individual and highlights his inner feelings rather than the gathering itself. The performance could just as well be thought of bringing an anthology of expectations, astonishments, feelings of belonging but also solitude, disenchantment or estrangement, that are ever present at such events. It wholeheartedly embraces minimalism, projecting a counterpoint to the materialistic direction the festivities nowadays tend to, seeking out the immanent essence of gatherings.

 

“I’ll never forget blowing out the candles, and how we went running around again immediately, with mouths full of cake, and our heads exploding with never-ending ingenious ideas on what to do, where to go, who we are, why we count, when to start… something I now as a grown-up, have problems answering to. No one cared about the gifts, decorations or any other birthday trash. Nothing could replace that blissful feeling of simply being.”

 

Behind the scenes

In 2019, when the research started, our primary intention was to set up a movement homage to Ludwig van Beethoven, one that would encompass also his loss of hearing. With this in mind, we worked closely with the deaf and hard of hearing community, to attain a better understanding of possibilities for their inclusion in performing arts and (classical) music. During several residencies in Denmark, Slovenia and Switzerland, we held workshops with local deaf and hard of hearing individuals, who have contributed with input, knowledge and experience to the expression of the performance. Through body, movement, assistive technology and visual abundance, the performance is now inclusive and accessible to deaf/hard of hearing and hearing audiences alike.

TEASER

Choreography

Jernej Bizjak

Performance

Stacey Aung

Benoît Couchot

Jernej Bizjak

Dramaturgy & Text

Sara Živkovič Kranjc

Music

Matija Strniša

Lighting & Video

Christoffer Brekne

Costumes

Tanja Pađan / Kiss the Future

Acoustics

Rasmus Lunding

Sound Technician

Karsten Nisbeth

Assistant Choreographer

Fabio Liberti

Producers

Jernej Bizjak

Sara Živkovič Kranjc

Jeppe Hemdorff Nissen

Coproduction

Institute 0.1

Bora Bora - Dans & Visuelt Teater

Research supported by

Performing Arts Platform

Bora Bora Residency Centre

Flota

Dance Theatre Ljubljana

D&D EU

DD Lab / Aarhus University

Ministry of Culture Slovenia

Municipality of Ljubljana

Production supported by

Statens Kunstfond

Aarhus Kommune

William Demant Fonden

Augustinus Fonden

Knud Højgaards Fond

Bikubenfonden