Verdensteatret presenting the opening of their new work at 
Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter.

19 – 28 Sept. 2014

Broen over gjørme

(Bridge over Mud)

A hybrid between concert, performance and installation,
where the whole space is played as one polyphonic audiovisual instrument.



The works of Verdensteatret often appear as a journey through different forms of landscapes. Different topographies stretch out, a diversity of languages are intertwined, sudden leaps in time and space give hints to stories that might unfold in the mind of the spectators and listeners. Moving through different landscapes simultaneously might be a result of Verdensteatrets nearly 30 years of nomadic practice.

This new piece is now entering its last phase towards completion after a long and winding road. Among a great diversity of material to surface this time there are some imprints from their last stay in Kolkata, India in December 2011, where they presented the work And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing in the ruins of the former Reserve Bank of India (The Currency Building) in the centre of Kolkata city.

Nevertheless it is still not possible to predict what direction the work will take in the time to come before the opening at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter the 19th September. A variety of colliding material creates landscapes that are further reshaped by our unreliable memory and our dreams. 

We do not know where this will take us yet – but ”something” is about to unfold…
We seek, as always, to grasp the stone that is forever falling…

Verdensteatret like to add the following information concerning the presentations of our new work Broen over Gjørme. (Bridge Over Mud).
The presentation of this work was scheduled for an extensive tour in USA and Canada in 2014 / 15.
Because of a serious medical situation for one of the central artists in Verdensteatret we had to cancel this big touring project.
We therefore like to express that we are very sorry that we cannot visit all the great venues in USA and Canada that was part of this plan. 
We also like to thank Wayne Ashley / FuturePerfect in New York for all the work that he has done over a long time to make everything ready for such a tour.
This is an unhappy turn of things that no one could foresee or change.

When this is said, we are happy that we now can welcome you all to the new opening night at Henie Onstad Art Center in Oslo the 19 September.
Broen over Gjørme will be presented at other venues in the coming future.

The piece is created and performed by the artists:
Lisbeth J. Bodd, Asle Nilsen, Eirik Blekesaune, Piotr Pajchel, Martin Taxt,
Alireza Djabbary, Benjamin Nelson, Elisabeth Gmeiner, Torgrim Torve, Espen Sommer Eide,
 Kristine R. Sandøy, Thorolf Thuestad.

Thanks to Janne Kruse, Laurent Ravot, Niklas Adam

The presentation is a collaboration between:
Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter,
Black Box TeaterBIT Teatergarasjen and Verdensteatret.

Verdensteatreter is supported by The Norwegian Art Council.

Opening night:
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Studio-salen 
Friday, 19 September Time: 18.00

Performing also the following days:
20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 September Time:  14.00

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About Verdensteatret

Verdensteatret is an art group based in Oslo. The group consist of artists from many different artistic professions making installations, performance art, concerts and other art related works. Their works are presented widely international in different art contexts and locations, such as art museums, galleries, contemporary music festivals and theatres.

Characteristic for their work is an ongoing experimentation with different artistic tools. Their advanced use of audiovisual technology in a close dialogue with more traditional artistic expressions results in complex orchestral works or space-related musical compositions.

Seeing the sound, listening to the images.

They have developed a unique and complex audiovisual style, where sound spaces mingle with kinetic sculptures, installations and stories of the fragile human soul.

They say that their activity now has become a ”telling orchestra” that performs compositions in the “movable room genre”. Established notions of form or style about “performance” are more or less useless for these peculiarly captivating works of art.