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Carte Blanche:

Monument 0.10:
The Living

30. November–3. December
Scene 2
2 h

When dance becomes a living monument

Norway’s national company for contemporary dance is returning to the Oslo Opera House – this time in a full-length production by Eszter Salamon.

Monuments as keepsakes of the past 

MONUMENT 0.10: The Living Monument creates a world based on colours and slow movements. The audience is taken on a meditative journey through a series of colourful tableaus in a dreamlike universe in which time virtually stands still. The Living Monument invites viewers to immerse themselves in the sensory impressions and figures that arise through the endless landscapes on stage. 

Choreographer Eszter Salamon uses a diverse palette of formats and expression in broaching contemporary themes. The Living Monument is based on still lifes, slowness and the body’s presence. The production is part of Salamon’s MONUMENT series that since 2014 has explored how monuments can serve as keepsakes of the past and be liberating and inclusive. This is the basic idea behind Salamon’s exploratory contemporary dance. 

A unique scenic landscape 

The Living Monument opens in a black landscape populated by figures donning glittery materials and squeaky leather. The performance slowly migrates into a new colour landscape, where viewers can relive their own memories. The tableaus are stringed together by Carmen Villain’s sweeping soundtrack. 

The scenic elements of the performance are equated and dependent on one another, developing further as an installation of sound, movement and figures. The scenic landscapes pave the way for perception and wonderment – and the slow transitions between colours, set design and elaborate costumes make The Living Monument a unique and strongly visual experience.

  • Produced by Carte Blanche, Norway’s national company for contemporary dance.  

Artistic team and cast

  • Choreographer
    Eszter Salamon
  • Choreographers Assistants
    Elodie Perrin, Christine De Smed
  • Music
    Carmen Villain
  • Set Designer
    James Brandily
  • Costume Designer
    Eszter Salamon
  • Lighting Designer
    Silje Grimstad
  • Sound Designer
    Leif Herland
  • Dancers
    Adrian Bartczak, Aslak Aune Nygård, Anne Lise Rønne, Brecht Bovijn, Caroline Eckly, Dawid Lorenc, Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Gaspard Schmitt, Hanne Van Driessche, Mathias Stoltenberg, Noam Eidelman Shatil, Ole Martin Meland, Tilly Sordat, Trine Lise Moe
  • Dancers - original cast
    Adrian Bartczak, Aslak Aune Nygård, Anne Lise Rønne, Caroline Eckly, Daniel Mariblanca, Dawid Lorenc, Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Lin van Kaam, Mathias Stoltenberg, Max Makowski, Nadege Kubwayo, Noam Eidelman Shatil, Ole Martin Meland, Tilly Sordat
  • Produced by
    Carte Blanche, The Norwegian national company of Contemporary dance

Eszter Salamon

Hungarian Eszter Salamon lives and works in Berlin and Paris and is currently working on her PhD at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. She was awarded the Evens Art Prize in 2019 and won the La Vie Bonne call for projects at the National Center for Plastic Arts (FR) and Aware: Archive of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions, in 2020. Salamon’s productions have been performed at such venues and festivals as MoMa in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Julidans in Amsterdam, Tanzquartier Wien in Vienna, Festival d’Avignon and Tanz im August in Berlin. 

350 kr
  • Saturday 3. December
    18:30 / Scene 2