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, a wind quarted, 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.
'5against4' on THE OTHEROOM at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
...in addition to being thought-provoking and immersive, it was also enormous fun, never spilling into a farrago of absurdist-imbued novelty but simply revelling in the sheer joy of pulling physical and sonic shapes. Breathtaking and beautiful, its final masterstroke was genius, the players and curtain processing together outside and continuing to cavort in the street, bringing the people of Huddersfield to a halt no less stunned and mesmerised than we had been inside the Town Hall. It was all really quite incredible
Composer & concept: Rolf Wallin
Choreography, scenography & concept: Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki
Musicians and co-composers: Marco Blaauw (double bell trumpet), Christine Chapman (double bell French horn), Bruce Collings (double bell trombone), Melvyn Poore (double bell euphonium)
Stand-in musicians: Eivind Lønning (trumpet), Rolf-Erik Nystrøm (saxophones), Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø (trombone), Martin Taxt (tuba)
Performers: Heine Avdal, Michiel Reynaert, Krisjanis Sants, Ieva Gaurilcikaite
Previously performed also by: Orfee Schuijt, Benjamin Vandewalle
Assisted by: Kayoko Minami, Ingrid Haakstad
Technical director: Hans Meijer
Light technique: Hans Meijer, Tom Bruwier
Technique and electronics: Matthieu Virot, Johann Loiseau
Programming and sound technique: Fabrice Moinet
Live electronics programming: Peiman Khosravi
Producers: fieldworks (Brussels, Belgium), HEINE AVDAL (Oslo, Norway), Ultima Festival (Oslo, Norway)
Co-producer: 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