Ultima 2021: Jennifer Walshe: PERSONHOOD

16 September 2021 19:00

Den Norske Opera & Ballett Scene 2

Photo credit : Xin Li

Oslo Sinfonietta, Accordion: Andreas Borregaard

New overwhelming piece by Jennifer Walshe for Andreas Borregaard and the Oslo Sinfonietta explores the notion of “personhood”

Jennifer Walshe PERSONHOOD (2021, WP)

What does it mean to be a person at a time when our every moment is surveilled, mined and monetised by the devices we have extended our consciousness into?

What agency can we hope to have, when even one of the most famous pop stars in the world has no control over her own life?

What does it mean to be human when a billionaire class dreams of upgrading their existence and living forever, while the rest of us struggle with what to do with our hands when talking to a stranger at a party?

In this commissioned work by the Irish composer and vocalist Jennifer Walshe, the Oslo Sinfonietta surround the accordionist Andreas Borregaard and subject him to a range of tests and procedures.

Borregaard plays the accordion, performs obscure choreographies and watches films laden with subliminal messages; he is scored for how well he can fall over, he moves objects in endless patterns and drinks smoothies in strange colours. Are we in a laboratory? Mission control? A luxury spa? Or are we simply at home?

Commissioned by: Oslo Sinfonietta, Andreas Borregaard, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, New Music Dublin, Supported by: Arts Council of Ireland, Kulturrådet
Production: Oslo Sinfonietta, Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

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Den Norske Opera & Ballett Scene 2

Kirsten Flagstads Plass
0194 Oslo
Norway

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