Norwegian choreographer Ingri Fiksdal stages particular views of natural and urban landscapes in different cities and contexts. In Helsinki, she reframes the cold panorama of Hietaranta beach into an hour-long outdoor ritual. Diorama reflects on the passing of time, on the slow change in landscape, and scenography as an ecological practice of bodies both human and non-human. The music is composed by Norwegian musician Jenny Hval and noise artist Lasse Marhaug, shifting from a drone-like echo to a punctured, industrial noise, to indecipherable whispering voices drifting into the landscape. The word diorama often refers to a three-dimensional model of a landscape, such as displayed in museums of natural history. Another use of the word is for the French diorama theatre invented by Louis Daguerre in 1822, where the audience watched big landscape paintings transform through skillfully manipulated light, sound effects, and live performers. Fiksdal uses choreography as a lens through which she alters or interferes with a particular view and its context. Diorama premiered in 2017 in the fishing village Brixham in England, where the view was staged from an outdoor pool over the sea and the horizon. It has since been staged at various locations in Europe and North America, under different weather conditions. In Helsinki, the performance is presented together with students from Sibelius High School.
Ingri Midgard Fiksdal
Ingri Midgard Fiksdal is a choreographer based in Oslo, Norway. In 2019, she finished a PhD in artistic research at Oslo National Academy of the Arts titled “Affective Choreographies”. This research took shape as six performances and three books. Fiksdal’s work on affect has in recent years taken her into discourses on perspective and privilege. She is currently working on a number of projects addressing the intersection between the post-anthropocentric and the decolonial from a feminist perspective. Fiksdal is concerned with how practice and theory are entangled in her work in a way where neither is perceived as anterior to the other. In the recent years, Fiksdal’s work has been performed at Kunstenfestival in Brussels, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Santarcangelo festival, Beijing Contemporary Dance Festival, Sommerszene in Salzburg, Reykjavik Art Museum, brut-Wien, Teatro di Roma, Harbourfront Centre Toronto, Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, BUDA Kortrijk, Tanzhaus NRW in Dusseldorf and Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, alongside extensive touring in Norway.
Concept & choreography: Ingri Fiksdal
Music: Jenny Hval and Lasse Marhaug
Costumes and Scenography: Fredrik Floen
Dancers: Rannei Grenne, Louis Schou-Hansen, Harald Beharie
Local cast: Students of Sibelius High School
Producers: Nicole Schuchardt and Eva Grainger
A production by: Ingri Fiksdal
Originating commissioner: Situations
Co-produced by: Black Box Teater Oslo, BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen and Dansens Hus Oslo
Supported by: The Norwegian Arts Council and the Norwegian Artistic Research Program
Photo: Istvan Virag
Visit in collaboration: Cultural Center Caisa, Töölö ry and Hietsun paviljonki
Visit supported by: The Finnish-Norwegian cultural foundation