NEOARCTIC is an evocative, poetic, and alarming music performance on the Anthropocene – a new geologic epoch, defined by unprecedented human disturbance of the earth’s ecosystems. Humans have come to be a ‘force of nature’, causing rapid, often unintended changes to the Earth we inhabit.
NEOARCTIC looks at the ruins and the risings of the modern industrial civilization. Ruins and extinctions, new life forms and new landscapes. Symbiotic relations in a modern world of complexity. A wave of making and unmaking is creating new possibilities. The dystopian and the utopian are fusing, and a new sense of amazement at the wonders of the earth is required. The processes, the structures and their forms as interplay are the subject matter of NEOARCTIC.
Twelve outstanding singers are seen and heard on a large stage. Words are sung, whispered, shouted, spoken as rhythmic, repetitive, hammering soundscapes. Rhythmic music merges with experimental electronic music. Beautiful melodies appear and disappear. The stage is wrapped in white fabric, a canvas for light and colours, films and projections. A landscape in constant change. Costumes and props are a materialized part of the total composition. Light fills the space with tactile atmospheres and subtle shades of colour while the folded fabric creates sharp shadows.
NEOARCTIC presents 12 scenes, passing through a landscape of sound and visuals in 12 performative songs
Musicians: Latvian Radio Choir, conductor Kaspars Putniņš
Idea - Hotel Pro Forma
Director - Kirsten Dehlholm
Music - Andy Stott, Krists Auznieks
Libretto - Sjón
Lighting - Jesper Kongshaug
Set Design - Anne Mette Fisker Langkjer
Video Design&Direction - Adam Ryde Ankarfeldt
Video Design - Andreas Sommer, Magnus Pind Bjerre, Birk Marcus Hansen
Sound Design - Kristian Hverring
Costumes - Wali Mohammed Barrech
Video&Objects - Atelier Hotel Pro Forma
Producer - Oskars Plataiskalns
Stage Management - Lauris Bombers
Video Technician - Uģis Ezerietis
Stage Technician - Ģirts Bite
Producer - Hotel Pro Forma, Latvian Radio Choir
Deputy Producer - Sarah Ford / Quaternaire
Tour Management - Quaternaire
Director of Latvian Radio Choir - Dace Bula
Created and done by: Hotel Pro Forma / Latvian Radio Choir
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