New York Premiere

Co-Presented with Dance Theater Workshop and Performance Space 122

For nearly 25 years, the Norwegian art collective Verdensteatret has created original works at the intersection of theater, visual art, music and sound. Their newest piece, And All the Question Marks Started to Sing,  is a bewilderingly complex art machine played by performers, musicians, and robots. In this high-powered performance, company members  manipulate an intricate array of kinetic sculptures assembled from the refuse of everyday life—bicycle wheels,  scraps of metal, lenses, celluloid film strips, obsolete amplifier tubes and other electromechanical contraptions—to create a constantly transforming landscape of deeply poetic images and sound.  Verdensteatret riffs on the animation filmmakers the Quay Brothers and Ladislav Starevich, the automata and mechanical toys of the 19th century, modern kinetic and conceptual sculpture, the early electronic music (1920 – 1960), among other influences, to create their own unique hybrid of performance, installation and concert.

Additional funding for this program is provided by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York, and the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Andrew E. and G. Norman Wigeland Fund. This presentation is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Virginia and Tim Millhiser through the David R. White Producers Circle. FuturePerfect received a generous contribution from Charles and Bonnie Granatir in support of this presentation. Verdensteatret is supported by the Arts Council Norway, and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The live production of And All the Question Marks Started to Sing is a co-production between Verdensteatret,
Theater der Welt, Black Box Teater, BIT Teatergarasjen and Avant Art Festival.

Date / Location

Feb 24 – 26, 2011 at 7:30pm
 Thu – Sat
Feb 27 at 5:00pm Sun

Coffee and Conversation Feb 24 at 6:30pm
Post-Show Talk Feb 25

New York Live Arts
Bessie Schönberg Theater 219 West 19th Street
New York, New York 10011

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And All the Question Marks Started to Singmight be the most extravagant experience Dance Theater Workshop has ever hosted. The hour-long, enigmatic fantasia of theater, music and visual and sound art, created by Norway’s Bessie-winning Verdensteatret collective, commandeers nearly every surface of DTW’s performance space and explodes throughout its air.” – Eva Yaa Asantewaa – Dance Bloggers – 2/26/2011

And All the Question Marks Started to Sing looks to be one of the more unusual and immersive presentations in recent memory. It may, in fact, manage the feat of putting Verdensteatret on the tip of your tongue.”– Mark Peikert – CityArts – 2/22/2011

“Performed by the Norwegian art collective Verdensteatret … this production continued the group’s magical explorations into hybrid forms in which performance, installation, animation and sound unite for the good of art.”– Gia Kourlas - The New York Times - 2/27/2011

“…A concert is playing. The musicians, though, are DJs, robots and sinister looking contraptions comprising bicycle wheels and crocodile clips, all casting eerie shadows on the dimly lit, white walls. Utterly mesmerizing, quietly terrifying, the work by the Verdensteatret collective is a must-see…”– Smart Shanghai