Eva Cecilie Richardsen
Dance piece 2010
The shapes of human brutality. Brutality is a part of our primal nature – a basic property of mankind. It is found both within the individual and in societies we create. It can be both good and evil. It can be painful. It can lead to chaos and destruction, but it can also be liberating and beautiful and [re]connect us with our dreams. Atlas examines this brutality through exposing the body, movement and sound to a cinematic scenery that through its simple, but symbolic imagery appears both familiar and alien.
We are presented to people struggling to conquer their surroundings, to map out themselves and their environment. In this quest they create fragile landscapes (images and sounds), stories where the beginning always seems close to the end. Through repetition and elements of absurdity traces of archaic layers become visible in the action of the characters, enabling a recognition of how the situated individual’s struggle is a struggle across time.
Concept, choreography, scenography, costumes: Eva-Cecilie Richardsen
Co-creative dancers: Gry Bech-Hanssen, Janne-Camilla Lyster, Sigrid Hirsch Kopperdal and Terje Tjøme Mossige.
Scenography: Eva-Cecilie Richardsen
Scenography assistant: Gunhild Mathea Olaussen
Dramaturgy/text: Elisabeth Leinslie
Sound: Kyrre Bjørkås and Erik Ljunggren
Lighting design: Ingeborg Staxrud Olerud
Producer: Silja Espolin Johnson
Pre-production photography and documentation: Marte Vold
Editor, documentation: Astrid Skumsrud Johansen
Press photography: Tom Sinding Larsen
Co-production: Black Box Theatre
Performances: October 23-26, 2010 in Black Box Theatre, Oslo