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Fri, Nov 17


Lawrence Bately Theatre

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2023 and Oslo Sinfonietta, #1

Jennifer Walshe: PERSONHOOD (2021) UK Premiere

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2023 and Oslo Sinfonietta, #1
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2023 and Oslo Sinfonietta, #1

Time & Location

Nov 17, 2023, 7:30 PM

Lawrence Bately Theatre, Queen St, Huddersfield HD1 2SP, Storbritannia

About the Event

Oslo Sinfonietta

Andreas Borregaard accordion

Aedín Cosgrove scenography

Jennifer Walshe video, with additional video by Ragnar Árni Ólafsson

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PERSONHOOD (2021) UK Premiere

Stemming from Jennifer Walshe’s fascination with identity, the online world and how we inhabit digital ecologies, PERSONHOOD sees her collaborate with leading contemporary orchestra Oslo  Sinfonietta, memorably expressive accordionist Andreas Borregaard and  scenographer Aedín Cosgrove. In a time when our every moment is under  surveillance, mined and commodified by technology we have extended our  consciousness into, what does it mean to be a person? This overwhelming,  profoundly original piece is an investigation into our very notions of  ‘personhood’.

For hcmf// 2023’s opening concert, Borregaard is  subject to a range of tests and procedures carried out by the other  musicians on stage. As he plays the accordion, he performs obscure  choreographies and is scored on them; how well can he fall over? Move  objects? Drink strange-coloured movies? This taps into Walshe’s  interests in the performer’s body as an essential and co-creating factor  beyond operating instruments, brought into play through movement,  dance, touch, song, shouts, screams and more – a discourse she refers to  as ‘The New Discipline’.

Borregaard will also be forced to watch films laden with subliminal  messages, created by Walshe and guitarist/composer Ragnar Árni Ólafsson.  These testing experimentations render the stage an artful laboratory,  where a live exploration of who Borregaard is forces the onlooking  audience to ask questions of their own individuality, self-worth,  presence, and identity.

Commissioned by Oslo Sinfonietta, Andreas Borregaard, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival and New Music Dublin

Produced by Oslo Sinfonietta, Den Norske Opera & Ballett and Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Supported by Culture Ireland

Photo: © Signe Fuglesteg Luksengard

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