Riksscenen – the Norwegian hub for traditional music and dance – commissioned Her (Here) for its 10th anniversary last autumn. The piece will now be performed during the Bergen International Festival.
Five of our well-known, cherished folk musicians, Anne Hytta, Susanne Lundeng, Benedicte Maurseth, Marja Mortensson and Marit Karlberg, will perform in Grieghallen with self-composed music in separate movements. The material has been adapted for choir by Daniel Herskedal and Håkon Daniel Nystedt and is performed by the soloists together with Edvard Grieg Kor.
The five soloists come from different parts of the country – the north, south, west, east and middle – and the different compositions represent the sound and tradition of the artists' home regions. Thus, the audience will hear a cross-section of the musical expressions that our country has to offer.
The visual is also central in Her. Images of Norway's beautiful nature are projected on stage and create a whole with the soloists, who, together with the choir, move both in front of and behind a transparent stage curtain.
'With its striking power, the commissioned work Her manages to penetrate the screen and carry its message further than just stage to audience venue.'
– AVISA VALDRES
Photo: Thomas Fredriksen
The event is filmed. Cameras can be an inconvenience to the audience at the venue. No admittance after the doors close, 5 mins before the event begins. Any distribution, copying and downloading of video content is strictly forbidden.
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