PHANTASMAGORIC invites you to a flow of images, ideas, emotions and sensations that can force their way into your body – voluntarily or involuntarily. Space, objects, music and movement intermingle in a diverse universe. Reflections and illusions, memories, obstructions and desires unravel. The piece shifts constantly between intense comfort and discomfort, creating a space where you can surrender. A space for transformation and unrestrained dedication. You are drawn into spontaneous as well as fabricated streams of thought. Outbursts form a series of different moods and conditions which disappear as quickly as they arise.
_ fantazməˈgɔːrɪə, -ˈgɒrɪk _
1. having a fantastic or deceptive appearance, as something in a dream or created by the imagination.
2. having the appearance of an optical illusion, especially one produced by a magic lantern.
3. changing or shifting, as a scene made up of many elements.
phantasmagorica||ˌfantazməˈgɔːrɪə, -ˈgɒrɪə| noun
a sequence of real or imaginary images like that seen in a dream: what happened next was a phantasmagoria of horror and mystery.
ORIGIN early 19th cent. (originally the name of a London exhibition (1802) of optical illusions produced chiefly by magic lantern): probably from French fantasmagorie, from fantasme ‘phantasm’ + a fanciful suffix.
Like the scientists and magicians of the 19th century phantasmagoria shows, the piece aims to get the audience into a state which invites to surreal and sensory experiences. By levelling the pompous and the fragile, PHANTASMAGORIC worships both the awkward and the mysterious.
Created and performed by: Ingeleiv Berstad, Kristin Ryg Helgebostad and Chrisander Brun
Lighting and stage design: Chrisander Brun
Costumes: Fredrik Floen
Dramaturgy: Huy Le Vo
Illustrations: Olof Svenblad
Outside eye: Hooman Sharifi
Video documentation: Vibeke Heide
Photography: Simen Dieserud Thornquist
Co-production: Dansens Hus
PHANTASMAGORIC premiered at Dansens hus (Oslo) 4 February 2016, and toured at TOU (Stavanger), BIT (Bergen) and MDT (Stockholm) in 2018. Funded by the Arts Council of Norway, Dansens hus, Fund for Performing Artists and MDT Stockholm (recidence).
Kristin Ryg Helgebostad & Ingeleiv Berstad
Ingeleiv Berstad and Kristin Helgebostad have worked closely on several productions and installations since graduating from Oslo National Academy of the Arts with an MA in choreography in 2010. For the National Company of Contemporary Dance, Carte Blanche, they choreographed Loudspeakers (2014), and are currently developing KNOW HOWS, which will premiere in 2019. Other prominent works include SPOILER by Berstad/Helgebostad/Wigdel – the same trio that created SOIL GIRL – a highly celebrated piece that has toured extensively in Europe and Norway since the premiere in 2014. In collaboration with Eivind Seljeseth they have developed AV HISTORISK GRUNN which has brought out three different pieces as well as seminars, publications, and touring all over Norway. They are co-funders of Landscape Theatre of Norway which premiered LULLELI FOR FRUHOLMEN FYR in 2016 – nominated for the Norwegian Critics Prize in 2016. Berstad and Helgebostad are also performers and create works individually and in collaboration with others. In 2018 Somatøs Samling by Berstad/Holden, and CHEERS by Helgeostad/Rueslåtten both premiered at the Black Box teater og Dansens hus in Oslo.
Stockholm based Chrisander Brun is a scenographer, light designer and photographer. Brun studied at Dramatiska Institutet where zhe got a BA degree in 2010. Ever since, Brun has done lights and scenography for many dance and theatre performances in Scandinavia and zhers work has been presented at several international performing arts festivals in Europe. Brun has had long term collaborations with artists such as Halla Ólafsdóttir, Amanda Apetrea, Nadja Hjorton, Dorte Olesen, Ludvig Daae, Mychoreography, Tatu Hämäläinen, TOYBOYS, TO-EN Butoh Company, Zero visibility corp, Örjan Andersson, Martin Forsberg, Björn Säfsten, Stina Nyberg ++++ Zhe has worked with theatres and companies such as Rogaland teater in Stavanger, Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern, Riksteatret in Norway, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Skånes Dansteater, Helsingborg Stadsteater, Turteatern, Carte Blanche , CullbergBaletten ++++.