In the period of March 4 -12th, Siri Ingul, Kristian Berg-Jåtten and Arthur Hureau will be working in BEK’s sound studio to develop an auditory interpretation of the text Lenis plassar (Leni’s places) by Øivind Rimbereid. The sound topography they work on will be performed live, and will be an interdisciplinary artistic meeting between Norwegian contemporary lyric poetry and French electronic music.
The protagonist in Lenis plassar is a 42-year old unemployed man from Stavanger, searching for his pregnant girlfriend. Through fragments of dialogue and narration we follow the narrator’s somewhat confused progress from room to room, space to space. The text is filled with industrial, electrical and digital references that contrast with the other main element – a chorus of voices from nature, mainly flowers. The flowers follow the main character ubiquitous, and comment as a Greek chorus on all things that happen.
For the text, a musical landscape will be composed. At times it will be “coherent” with and have an elaborate function, while at other times it will be in contrast to the text. The soundscape is mainly composed of sound recordings where it especially has been a goal to capture the sound of the room, and especially when there is a shift in this sound. Particularly sensitive recording equipment is used to obtain sounds from outside the specific room in which the equipment is located. In this way, the sound examines the narrator’s spatial confusion.
By using a voice with the Stavanger dialect as narrator, the voice and the landscape are linked together. The voice becomes an anchor for the listener through the sometimes great and/or unexpected leaps that the story makes. The contrasting elements of nature and other voices that the protagonist meets will to a greater extent emphasize the formal and literary aspects of the text.
There will be performances at BEK and Bergen Public Library later this spring, in addition, excerpts will be performed at Prøverommet on March 18th 2019.
The project is presented in collaboration with NLA Høgskolen, and is supported BEK. Many thanks to Den Nasjonale Scene.
Photo: Michaela Gettwert
About Siri Ingul
Siri is educated as an actor from Bergen teaterskole and Drama Studio London. She also studied theater at the University of Oslo, and is employed as a assistant professor in drama and theater at NLA Høgskolen. Siri has taken the initiative to Lenis plassar as part of her artistic research project at NLA.
About Kristian Berg-Jåtten
Kristian is an actor educated from The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. He has been employed at Den Nasjonale Scene in Bergen since 2015.
About Arthur Hureau
Arthur is a french composer and sound-designer currently living and working in Bergen. He operates within a cross-disciplinary artistic field merging contemporary music genres with sciences, DIY engineering, socio-political reflections and digital art. Arthur has been a performer in Ensemble DIME and has shown personal and collective projects in Europe and USA.
Arthur Hureau on Soundcloud here.