Thu, Sep 16 | Den Norske Opera & Ballett Scene 2

Oslo Sinfonietta | Ultima

New overwhelming piece by Jennifer Walshe for Andreas Borregaard and the Oslo Sinfonietta explores the notion of “personhood”
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Oslo Sinfonietta | Ultima

Time & Location

Sep 16, 7:00 PM
Den Norske Opera & Ballett Scene 2, Kirsten Flagstads Plass, 0194 Oslo, Norway

About the Event

Jennifer Walshe: PERSONHOOD (2021, WP)

Oslo Sinfonietta Accordion: Andreas Borregaard

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What  does it mean to be a person at a time when our every moment is  surveilled, mined and monetised by the devices we have extended our  consciousness into?

What agency can we hope to have, when even one of the most famous pop stars in the world has no control over her own life?

What  does it mean to be human when a billionaire class dreams of upgrading  their existence and living forever, while the rest of us struggle with  what to do with our hands when talking to a stranger at a party?  

In  this commissioned work by the Irish composer and vocalist Jennifer  Walshe, the Oslo Sinfonietta surround the accordionist Andreas  Borregaard and subject him to a range of tests and procedures.

Borregaard plays  the accordion, performs obscure choreographies and watches films laden  with subliminal messages; he is scored for how well he can fall over, he  moves objects in endless patterns and drinks smoothies in strange colours. Are we in a laboratory? Mission control? A luxury spa? Or are  we simply at home?

Commissioned by: Oslo Sinfonietta, Andreas Borregaard, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, New Music Dublin Supported by: Arts Council of Ireland, Kulturrådet Production: Oslo Sinfonietta, Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Photo: Xin Li