And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing
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.
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.
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