August 19 and 21, 2015 – Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt at Battery Dance Festival and Schimel Center for the Arts, New York City
We are happy to announce the American debut of our colleague the Norwegian choreographer Ingun Bjørnsgaard’s with her new piece Praeambulum, a work for seven dancers in York City’s Schimmel Center for the Arts, August 21st and a shorter version outdoors in Battery Park August 19th.
Praeambulum is structured around introductions and preludes on various levels. It is punctuated by continual beginnings and departures. The title of the piece is borrowed from the fifth of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six partitas for keyboard. Fragments of these partitas flare up and fade away during the piece, leaving imprints of form and style to be reflected in Ingun Bjørnsgaard’s choreography and confronted in Henrik Hellstenius’s new music for piano and computer.
With Praeambulum Bjørnsgaard has created an exemplary piece of work, which unites her strongest qualities: Great choreographic and musical knowledge paired with a wry look at gender, power and the most vulnerable of the deeply human.
Ingun Bjørnsgaard has won a unique position in Norwegian and International dance through a series of distinguished stage works over the last twenty years. Bjørnsgaard’s works capture the modern individual in the passage between the hesitant, introvert and the unrestrained and spectacular. Her choreographic style records desire, vanity and shame as they appear, with finely tuned ambivalence, in the body, the movement and the gaze. In addition to the twenty full-length works she has choreographed for her own company, which have toured extensively worldwide, her career spans from inauguration of the Norwegian Opera & Ballet 2008, to commissions for a wide range of European theatres, most lately: Ballet de Lorraine, Nancy, France 2013 and Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, Sweden in 2014. She is the only artist to have received the Norwegian Critics’ Association Award twice.