And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing


Thursday, February 17, 2011

A delicate, room-sized machine of intricate kinetic sculptures is assembled from flotsam, bicycle wheels, and old glass objects held in tiny robot arms. Actors who double as instrumentalists set in motion a chain reaction of dreamlike shifts between macro and micro perspectives. And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing crosses between concert, sculptural installation, and performance. In a landscape under constant transformation, light, shadow, sound, puppetry, and object theater merge to form a mesmerizing constellation of associations. Bringing artists of different backgrounds together, the work shows Verdensteatret's fascination with all kinds of animation—the strange and miraculous activity of breathing life into dead objects, stiff figures, and frozen images.

Hélène Lesterlin

Based in Oslo, Norway, Verdensteatret's artists use a collaborative process to combine different artistic disciplines into projects that bridge the gap between artistic borders. They are known for building innovative and exquisite links between seemingly incompatible technologies and materials. Their experimental use of audiovisual technology in close dialogue with more traditional and historic tools of artistic expression results in complex art works and musical compositions.

Verdensteatret is a self-proclaimed "telling orchestra" that performs compositions in the "movable room genre," meaning that the room itself breathes with a kind of animation. Established notions of form or style do not apply to these peculiarly captivating works of art. Verdensteatret's works have been presented in galleries, contemporary music festivals, and theaters around the world.

And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing
Studio 1—Goodman
February 17, 2011, 8PM
February 18, 2011, 8PM

By and with: Asle Nilsen, Lisbeth J. Bodd, Håkon Lindbäck, Piotr Pajchel, Christian Blom, Kristine Roald Sandøy, Hai Nguyen Dinh, Ali Djabbary, Øyvind B. Lyse, Gjertrud Jynge, Espen Sommer Eide, Thorolf Thuestad, Erik Blekesaune, Hans Skogen, Janne Kruse, Jannicke Lie, Elisabeth Gmeiner

The project is a co-production between Verdensteatret and Black Box Teater (Oslo, Norway), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen, Norway), Theater der Welt (Essen, Germany) and Avant Art Festival (Wroclaw, Poland).

The project is supported by Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Office for Contemporary Art Norway and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Verdensteatret is supported by Arts Council Norway.


"...A concert is playing. The musicians, though, are DJs, robots and sinister looking contraptions comprising bicycle wheels and crocodile clips, all casting eerie shadows on the dimly lit, white walls. Utterly mesmerizing, quietly terrifying, the work by the Verdensteatret collective is a must-see..."
— Smart Shanghai


EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA