BOWER is performed as part of ICI: house of music
Kristine Tjøgersen – concept & composition
Maja Nilsen – scenography & costume
Julie Desprairies – coreography
soundinitiative – ensemble
Evelina Dembacke – light design
Field recordings: Marc Anderson – Wild Ambience
Photo: Satin bowerbird, Ptilorhynchus violaceus.
Avalon.res/Alamy Stock Photo
Experience an extraordinary bird's eye view at Borealis 2022 through the innovative new performance piece BOWER!
Kristine Tjøgersen’s new piece BOWER is an interdisciplinary work inspired by the unique behaviours of the bowerbird. These remarkable birds are admired for their cultural and artistic abilities, building architecturally complex structures called a bower. The bowerbirds pass their days developing their dance oriented courtship and working on their bower; carefully arranging their found objects in a sophisticated system, hoping that it is impressive enough to woo a partner.
We have placed this bower in a deep forest from the distant future, and it becomes unclear if it is birds or humans that are the center of attention. Movements, sound and music is directly translated and inspired by the birds' daily routines, habitat, sound world, interaction and behaviour. The bower can be a sci-fi nightclub or a forest theater, recreating the extraordinary courtship, rendered in physical format.
Tjøgersen's music often lets visual elements lay the foundation for a musical development. In this performance she has worked closely with scenographer and costume designer Maja Nilsen.
The performative and absurd meet the lyrical and existential. Through observing the bowerbirds’ behaviour we recognise ourselves.