The composer duo SAGN has created a musical work about humankind’s relationship to nature.
This concert performance touches some of the most central problems the world faces today. The temperature is rising, the weather is becoming more and more extreme, and newspapers claim that by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish.
Bodil Lunde Rørtveit’s versatile voice is at the heart of the work alongside four playful and innovative musicians. Though the performance is without words, that does not mean it does not express an opinion; on the contrary, it does so with force. The set is inspired by Chris Jordan’s photographs of bird carcasses with plastic in their stomachs, built up from feathers, bones and plastic waste. This is also the basis for a unique soundscape, and all the instruments are made out of reused plastic elements. Through an auditive and visual universe we look at how we as individuals and as a society create a common future.
Sustain premiered at Bergen International Festival (Festspillene i Bergen) May 2017.
Bodil Lunde Rørtveit (composition, conceptual development, vocals, percussion), Jørn Lavoll (composition, conceptual development, tubulum, vocals), HC Dahlgaard (percussion, vocals), Eline Sundal (strings, vocals), Magnus Brandseth (wind instrumentes, vocal), Vibeke Flesland Havre (conceptual development, direction, dramaturgy), Silje Sandodden Kise (conceptual development, set design, instrument design, costume design), Thorolf Thuestad (sound design, instrument design), Silje Grimstad (lighting design), Hans Kristian Senneseth (instrument design, instrument building), Even Kråkenes (set building), Hjørdis Steinsvik (production)