It's easy to dance, but it's not always easy to be Baktruppen. When we started to do contemporary dance, it was late autumn in Bergen and the average age was well over 40. More than half a ton of human being was to be moved across the floor in creative ways. Fortunately we were seven to carry the burden, and kept tight together from end to end. By way of constants like entrance, turning point and exit we managed to find directions which lead to applause.
From there Baktruppen went to Rui Horta's dance convent in Portugal. It was tangerine spring, sheep in the fields and flowers all over. Baktruppen indulged in pure dance delight. By keeping our minds on what our bodies were doing, we learned Merce Cunningham's «Deli Commedia» by heart. During this copy work a brand-new empty-headed state of being originated. Having reached this level of dance experience, the second dance practically made itself.
Improvisations on Agave harps.
In the rural surroundings of the Montemoro convent, Baktruppen picked flower stems from Agave plants and put strings on them.
Øyvind Berg,Trine Falch, Ingvild Holm, Jørgen Knudsen, Per Henrik Svalastog, Bo Krister Wallström, Worm Winther.
Rui Horta o Espaco do Tempo / Centro Coreográfico de Montemor-o-Novo (Portugal).
The Norwegian Art Council, The Norw. Min. of Foreign Affairs, Foundation for Performing Artists (N)
THE PRESS (short)
Kritikk i Dagens Nyheter. (sv.)(review in english)
Kritikk i Aftonbladet. (sv.)(review in english)
Kritikk i Svenska Dagbladet. (sv)(review in english)
Cunninghamgate, Do&UndoII på Black Box, av Marit Strømmen. (in norwegian)
Review in the New York Times
Review in Gay City News
Rui Hortas Centro Coreográfico de Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal. April 2004.
Dansens Dag, Moderna Dansteatern, Stockholm, April 2004.
Røda Sten, Katedralen, Gothenburg, Sweden. Org: Nordic Excellence, Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival, August 2004.
Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster, UK, October 2004.
Bowen West Theatre, Bedford, UK, October 2004.
Black Box, Oslo, Norway. recorded AGAVE HARP MUSIC, November 2004.
CCA, Glasgow, Scotland, November 2004.
PS 122, New York. org. BIT, BBT and TAG, December 2005.
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