A performance where dance and live music meet
by carte blanche is a new ambitious dance work created collectively by the adventuresome 13-member company Carte Blanche, the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance. On each night of the performance, meeting just hours before curtain, they invite a special musical guest to collaborate with them. In a very short period of time, dancers and musicians must engage in a process of negotiation and acceptance to arrive at a performative agreement. Thus, without the traditional hierarchy in place, the pathways of possibility and unpredictability multiply, giving way to unique stage moments that are both difficult and breathtaking.
In this approximately one-hour length work, Carte Blanche boldly foregrounds the choreographic process as a lens for re-thinking matters of governance, control and power at a time when political uncertainty once again seems to have grown heavier and more pervasive. Through both improvisation and risk, the dancers arrive at an artistic creation that is forged by “diverging ideas, opinions, wills and stories that form a body, a complex and multi-faceted being, with concrete movements and activities.”