Commissioned by Ultima contemporary music festival (Oslo), the concert project "THE OTHEROOM" is a collaboration between choreopgraphers Heine Avdal (NO/BE) & Yukiko Shinozaki (JP/BE) and composer Rolf Wallin (NO).
In THE OTHEROOM the audience is, rather than attending a concert, entering a ritual, the purpose of which is unknown to them, but clearly of utmost importance for those involved.
In THE OTHEROOM everything moves. The musicians have no fixed spot. There are no chairs, the audience is free to move or being moved. Elements of the room, the theatre, become part of the ritual, the movements, and serve as physical manifestations of the musicians' thoughts and its interactions.
The lives of musicians are quite peculiar: spending most of their time in solitude, practising their instruments to perfection, studying intricate parts. Then, they join other musicians and are all of a sudden expected to respond hyper-sensitively, almost telepathically, with each other, and merge their individuality into a larger unity, greater than the simple sum of its parts.
THE OTHEROOM is – besides being a ritual in its own right – celebrating this extraordinary capability.
Composer & concept: Rolf Wallin
Choreography, scenography & concept: Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki
Musicians: Marco Blaauw (double bell trumpet), Christine Chapman (double bell French horn), Bruce Collings (double bell trombone), Melvyn Poore (double bell euphonium)
Performers: Heine Avdal, Ingrid Haakstad, Michiel Reynaert, Orfee Schuijt, Benjamin Vandewalle
Assisted by: Kayoko Minami, Krisjanis Sants
Technical director: Hans Meijer
Sound technique: Fabrice Moinet, Johann Loiseau
Producers: fieldworks (Brussels, Belgium), HEINE AVDAL (Oslo, Norway), Ultima Festival (Oslo, Norway)
Co-producers: STUK (Leuven, Belgium)
Supported by: Norsk Kulturråd, Vlaamse Overheid, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie
Premiere: September 8 at the Oslo City Hall as part of Ultima contemporary music festival