Silent Places/Parallel Landscapes

Dance, Past Projects

This show was my second collaboration with Caley O’Neill, and the first of two inspired by the writing of Norwegian novelist and poet Tarjei Vesaas. This piece takes hold of the unique landscapes described in Vesaas’ poetry and abstracts them into vast imaginary spaces. This piece was performed by Alex O’Neill-King and Susan van den Ham in the middle of 2008. The sound drifts between textural sound design and Scandinavian pop inspired electronica.

“…and there where the bottom is clear to the traveller
And shimmers with yellow sand and shoals,
Where the tiny, jewel-like islands
Number thousands, this little lake is almost lost among them –
May all you are be in this,
feel, while still there’s time:
The swelling flow, the current
Lying in the water like waving hair,
and washing out to sea.”
T. Vesaas

“…and there where the bottom is clear to the traveller

And shimmers with yellow sand and shoals,

Where the tiny, jewel-like islands

Number thousands, this little lake is almost lost among them –

May all you are be in this,

feel, while still there’s time:

The swelling flow, the current

Lying in the water like waving hair,

and washing out to sea.”

T. Vesaas

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