HARDLY EVER at Riley Theatre
The innovative Norwegian dance company WEE, and its maverick choreographer Scavetta, take an original and entertaining look at truth and falsehood. Offbeat, funny, poetic and timely, Hardly Ever negotiates questions of reality, untruths, and who we can trust.
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Wee returns to BIPOD - Beirut
We are thrilled to present again on tour LOST ACCIDENTALLY at BIPOD Festival!
The piece deals with the theme of loss and being lost and has fascinated the audience for its constant dialectic between permanency towards irreversibility. Towards changes of our personal life and society that we are inadequate of facing.
Surprised Body Project in Costa Rica
Scavetta is invited to La Machine Festival de Calle / Movimiento Contemporáneo to create a new version of the Surprised Body Project with local dancers and musicians.
“Hardly ever” explores the notion of truth and lies in theatre and everyday experience, bringing forward an investigation started with “Sincerely yours” (2008-09).
The work plays with the gap between creating expectations and allowing the unexpected. Presenting the juxtaposition of physical responses to verbal statements, where the slight mismatch opens for new associations. Involving the body as cartography of the space and using the voice, singing and talking, with a significant text that informs with its meanings and affects for what it evokes .
Sometimes things get accidentally lost and never show up again.
The act of vanishing: we are all searching for something to be grasped, if not is lost forever.
There is a game that Freud describes as: “Children making things disappear and reappear, over and over, again”, as if they are practicing the experience of loss.
The Surprised body project is a dance piece that focus on choreographic and compositional issues and sees the body and the movement as its central element. The project has been developing, as an ongoing creative process, by creating several new versions of the work while touring in different countries, sometimes also involving guest dancers and new composers to participate in the performance.
Since its première in Buenos Aires in October 2010, the Surprised Body Project has been successfully presented in 27 countries in Europe, Asia and South America.
The music is composed by Jon Balke and played live by the percussion ensemble Batagraf that includes Snorre Bjerck and Ingar Zach/Helge Norbakken. The musical concept is a collection of flexible material for percussion and electronics. Musically the project will look at rhythm, not in the sense of layers, as in rhythmic music,
but more towards the rhythm of language. That is: rhythm in shorter sequences, phrases or events that break up and combine into chains of “statements”.
Based on questions about truth and lies in the context of performing art, the piece takes place in a world where the artificial aims to be real and the reality seems weirdly unnatural. Lying might be considered one of the icons of the human condition. We start lying very early in our childhood, even before having the ability to comprehend whether a statement is believable or not. One recent study found that most people lie once or twice a day, and over the course of a week deceive about 30 of the people they interact with personally. One might end up drawing a conclusion that one cannot be absolutely sure about anything, except what one chooses to believe in.
We are wondering. Is art just a question of belief?