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There will be an artist talk with Morten Traavik at Trøndelag Senter for Samtidskunst on Saturday 7 September.
Trondheim meets North Korea: «WORK IN PROGRESS!» is a unique and risky artistic project where youth from different sides of reality collaborate on stage in social, political and cultural real-time.
NB! The audience is seated outside (no roof)!
«WORK IN PROGRESS!» is an international stage production custom made for Trondheim International Festival for Performing Arts. From North Korea, often referred to as the world’s most secretive and closed-off state, a group of young students from the prestigious Kum Song Music School travels to Trondheim. Here they work with peers from the local Steinerskole (Waldorf School) to create boundary breaking art. During an intense week together in Trondheim, the students share knowledge about education and other societal institutions to create a performance inspired by, and showing, the best of both their own and each other’s societies. The result is a celebratory performance that premieres on Trøndelag Senter for Samtidskunst 9 September.
The premiere date is not only the National Day of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), but is also the day the people of the parliamentary democracy called Norway head to the ballot boxes to vote in their National Election. In contrast to these serious events «WORK IN PROGRESS!» presents a playful mixture of youthful comments, protests, alternative angles, and visions for the future. Exploring and playing with topics like national identity, propaganda, campaign promises, prejudice, and peer pressure, they are searching for shared values, or, if you like: a «political» platform.
Morten Traavik is a Norwegian director and artist working across a wide spectrum of artistic genres and international borders. The notion of the world as a stage and identity as role play is never far away in his works, as well as a characteristically blurred distinction between art, activism and social issues. Several of his works have made headlines and fuelled debate, like his previous collaborations with North Korean artists and cultural authorities, and his beauty pageants for landmine survivors in Angola and Cambodia.
Made and performed by: WORK IN PROGRESS!: Students form eight grade at Steinerskolen in Trondheim, Norway and Kum Song School of Music, Pyongyang, North Korea
Consultants: Morten Traavik (concept and direction), Lena Thorsmæhlum (set design and costumes), Ingeborg S. Olerud (light design), Jørgen Træen (sound design), Den Demokratiske Folkerepublikken Koreas Komité for Kulturelle Forbindelser (facilitator), Metastazis (graphical design), Greta Hembre (teacher), Kristin Steinkjer (consultant), Gry Ulfeng (festival curator)
Co-produced by: Teaterhuset Avant Garden, Trøndelag Senter for Samtidskunst and The Committee for Cultural Relations in The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Supported by: Arts Council Norway – Kunstløftet