Livre d’images sans images
Livre d’images sans images borrows its title from a book by HC Andersen, also referred to as The Moon Chronicler. In this story, a painter is having a conversation with the moon. Every night, one after the other, she tells the painter what she sees on her journey around the earth and asks him to paint what she describes. The story addresses inspiration, imagination, storytelling and translation.
Mette Edvardsen is making performance pieces where she talks or sings and while she does, a whole world appears under our eyes. Her voice fills up the darkness of the stage and gives shape to objects, people, animals, situations, and stories that exist for a moment, then disappear again.
For the performance Livre d’images sans images, language is used as material, and a way to address imagination through other means than purely visual. Drawing on the ‘weather report’ as dramaturgy, the piece works with different media that do not seek to come together.
'Livre d'images sans images is an ode to that which does not exist, but which arises when we imagine it.' – Scenekunst.no
• Although some of the works of Mette Edvardsen explore other media or other formats, such as video, books and writing, her interest is always in their relationship to the performing arts as a practice and a situation. She has since 1994 worked as a dancer and performer for a number of companies and projects, and has since 2002 been developing her own work which regularly has been supported and presented by Kaaitheater. This performance was supposed to be shown at Kaaistudio’s in 2021 and 2022 but was postponed due to the pandemic.
by Mette Edvardsen | with Mette Edvardsen, Iben Edvardsen, Bruno Pocheron | light and technical support Bruno Pocheron, Agnar Ribe | production Mette Edvardsen/Athome, Andrea Skotland | residency support Black Box teater (Oslo) | co-production Kaaitheater (Brussels), BUDA (Kortrijk), Black Box teater (Oslo), Centre chorégraphique national de Caen in Normandie (Caen) | supported by Norsk Kulturråd | title from H.C. Andersen’s Billedbog uden billeder