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Roskilde festival 2015 – Performance art


Gry Worre Hallberg

The performance art at Roskilde festival 15 will zoom in completely. On the smallest part of the essence of performance art – the encounter. Performance art facilitates ’an sich’ a frame for new encounters, for the exploration of new ways of being and being together – to interact on the premise of another universe.

In 2013 and 2014 we chose to present large-scale interactive and immersive pieces, to present the unique otherworldly and intimate potential of this tradition – in The Velvet State, where the performance programme was merged in 2013, one could meet the citizens in a potential more sensuous future, and within this frame a long series of other curated pieces. In 2014 four performance groups explored the essence of sensuousness in The Performance Sense Laboratory.

The Dwelling #2 – Please be here now – Meet me here now (DK)

In 2015 you can meet the performance artist Nana Francisca Schottländer (DK) in her piece – The Dwelling. The Dwelling premiered in Mads Nørgaard’s shop window in Strøget earlier this spring:

“With a real, vulnerable and non-manipulated body the performer gives the spectator the momentary option of a different bodily experience, the situation becoming a possible entrance into a shared moment.” –

At Roskilde festival 2015 the exploration continues, where Dwelling #2 – Meet me here now manifests. A 69 hours life research laboratory on The Encounter. In a busy passage outside the main areas you will meet Nana-Francisca and her pure exploration of the encounter – The encounter always depending on the context. Asking questions such as – How can we meet in a site as the festival?

Performance-music dialogues (AUS/DE, DK)

Photos above: Performance-music dialouges by Melanie Jame Wolf of Savage Amusement and Gry Worre Hallberg, performance curator at the Roskilde festival in the shape of The Sister of Sisters Hope. Photos from left: Alexander Coggin and Diana Lindhardt/The I of Sisters Academy.

The focus is also put on the encounter, through performance artistic tools, in the big Dreamcatcher by the polish art collective Senna (PL) by the new Rising scene. The Dreamcatcher will serve as a new meeting place, an updated local hall of sorts, which in it self has a sensuousness and poetry. The focus will be on ’change’ – Fx how we can create change though our art.

In this construction unique conversations will take place this year between performance artists and musicians. We have wanted to merge the music and art programme to a greater extend through the art programme for a long time, and this is a beautiful and great step on that path on which we step towards this meeting.

I will as a performance curator step into my poetic self as The Sister (DK) and together with The Link, Sisters Hope (DK) and Melanie Jame Wolf from Savage Amusement (AUS/DE) manifest performance dialogues with chosen musicians from Rising – The Entrepreneurs and The Attic Sleepers. During the dialogue the inner Dreamcather will transform to an otherworldly, immersive, intimate universe, where the sensuous and poetic plays the main part. How does this affect the dialogue? The encounter. The encounter between performance art, music and architecture and the encounter between people – the smallest part of performance art.