With the piece No Title I start out where my last piece ended. In Black I made invisible objects appear by naming them and placing them in space. Having been obsessed with what is here, I now look into what is not as a way of activating and producing thoughts and imaginations. In this new piece I address existence through negation. Once you leave behind that which is not, the perspective opens to all there is instead. The work continues the play with the possibilities and limits of language, and that of being, in space and in time.
No Title is about how reality exists in language and how this extends into real space. It is about how memory and imagination blur. It is about things and how things can be there and gone at the same time, and that what defines this is various. It is about things that are gone and about things that remain. No Titleis about the awareness that all things are impermanent and that nothing lasts forever. It is about things that have gone before their time and things that never quite disappear. It is about what the piece and its making is, what a piece can do, what it is for, what its power and limit could be. It is about the gap between a world and our ideas of it, the invincible gap between thought and experience, between here and there. No Title is a writing in space, a writing that is both additive and subtractive. It is a writing that traces and erases, that moves and halts, that looks at things that are not there and recovers that which is instead
Created and performed by Mette Edvardsen
Production: Mette Edvardsen/ Athome
Co-production: Kaaitheater/ Brussels, BUDA/ NEXT Festival (Kortrijk), Teaterhuset Avant Garden (Trondheim), BIT (Bergen), Black Box Teater (Oslo)
Supported by: Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Norsk Kulturråd
Special thanks to: Heiko Gölzer, Mari Matre Larsen
Photo by: Lilia Mestre
Graphic design by: Michaël Bussaer
The work of Mette Edvardsen is situated within the performing arts field as a choreographer and performer. Although some of her works explore other media or other formats, such as video, books and writing, her interest is always in their relationship to the performing arts as a practice and a situation. With a base in Brussels since 1996 she has worked for several years as a dancer and performer for a number of companies and projects, and develops her own work since 2002. She presents her works internationally and continues to develop projects with other artists, both as a collaborator and as a performer. A retrospective of her work was presented at Black Box theatre in Oslo in 2015.
Mette Edvardsen is structurally supported by Norsk Kulturråd, BUDA Arts Centre Kortrijk and APAP network (EU). She is currently a research fellow at Oslo National Academy of the Arts and associated artist at Black Box Teater Oslo.
Photo: Arya Dil