Homo Novus 2015

Programme

Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine

Mette Edvardsen (Oslo)
5-10 September 15:30-19:00, Latvian National Library, Mūkusalas iela 3 | Free entrance

A group of performers have each memorised a book of their choice. They form a collection of living books that spend their time in the library waiting to be picked up.
Characterised by a great economy of means, the work of artist Mette Edvardsen explores the sensitive space between performance and language. Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 which describes a world in which all books have been burned, her Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine is a remarkable experience. With disarming naturalness and without the intermediary of a physical object, the living books remind us that learning a text “by heart” is an act of love that mobilises memory as much as forgetfulness.

About Mette Edvardsen

The work of Norwegian artist Mette Edvardsen is situated within the performing arts, dance and choreography. Although her work explores other media and formats, such as video, books and writing, her interest is always focused on the relationship to the performing arts as a practice and a situation. Based in Brussels since 1996, she has worked as a dancer and performer for a number of companies, and developed her own work since 2002. A retrospective of her work was presented at Black Box theatre in Oslo in 2015. In 2010, she initiated the project Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine, which refers to a quote from the Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953), to develop memorisation as a practice and ongoing process.

Credits

Idea: Mette Edvardsen
Living books: Valdis Ābols, Agate Bankava, Māra Brašmane, Dmitrijs Gaitjukevičs, Reinis Ivanovs, Rasa Jansone, Pēteris Krilovs
Producer: Santa Remere, New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Supported by National Library of Latvia

5-10

September

15:30-19:00

Latvian National Library

Free entrance

Language

In Latvian or Russian

Run time

30 min

Supported by

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