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Almost Nothing (2018)


Almost Nothing is the result of a desire to take a closer look at how maximalism can meet a more minimal expression.

Like a centrifuge of chaos and maximalism, but viewed from a quiet perspective in the midst of the storm.

Henriette Pedersen is a Norwegian choreographer who works between the fields of theater, dance and visual arts in an expression that first and foremost is characterized by explosive extroversion. A vulgar maximalism, or coarse art, inspired by the indecent and highly sensual. After three thematically oriented series of performances and the text based performance “I, Händel”, Pedersen now wants to work with form as a starting point and has chosen the author and visual artist Vibeke Tandberg’s book Joelle Joelle as a possible skeleton for Almost Nothing.

The book explores the novel as a genre and is without any clear characters, dialogue or emotions. It’s a text without the ‘I’ where the reader can never be sure where or from whom sensation originates. In Pedersen’s previous performances the characters emerge through the raucous presence of the body. In Almost Nothing, form creates content and is embodied by the performers Sulekha Ali Omar and Håkon Mathias Vassvik. Vassvik has participated in the creations of Verk Produksjoner for a number of years, in addition to his own solo projects. Ali Omar trained as a dancer, and has worked within institutional theaters such as Den Nationale Scene and Brageteatret as well as performing in the work of Tori Wrånes.

Director, choreographer: Henriette Pedersen. Performers: Håkon Mathias Vassvik, Sulekha Ali Omar. Sound design: Vilde Nupen. Light design: Tilo Hahn. Costume: Kjell Nordström. Scenography, costume: Olav Ryland Myrtvedt. Producer: Morten Kippe. Dramaturge: Kai Johnsen. Text from the book Joelle Joelle by: Vibeke Tandberg. Photo: Sveinn Fannar Johannsson. Program text: Anette Therese Pettersen.

Supported by: Arts Council Norway, The Audio and Visual Fund, The Fund for Performing Artists, Bergesenstiftelsen.

I, Händel (2016)


The solo performance “I, HÄNDEL” is based on the novel “Mitt grymma öde” by Carl-Michael Edenborg. The novel is a historical fantasy about the life of the German composer Georg Friedrich Händel, has been dramatised by Edenborg and then further adapted for performance by Henriette Pedersen.

The performance uses linguistic cross-dressing  and physical play to tell the story about the great, male composer. Gender, sexuality and megalomania constitutes one dimension of the performance, alongside the hygiene and fashion of the Baroque era. Caisa Stina Forssberg portrays Händel of its premiere at Atalante.

Concept/director: Henriette Pedersen
Text: Carl-Michael Edenborg
Performer: Caisa-Stina Forssberg
Costumes: Kjell Nordström aka Baron von Bulldog
Set design: Olav Ryland Myrtvedt
Lights: Tilo Hahn
Light technician: Ane Reiersen
Sound/music/concept: Katrine Ganer Skaug
Sound editing: Anja Tietze Lahrmann
Dramaturgy: Kai Johnsen
Photo: Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson
Program text: Anette Therese Pettersen
Producer: Morten Kippe
Baroque inspiration: Elizabeth Svarstad

Supported by: Norsk Kulturråd, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Letterstedska Foreningen, Bergesensstiftelsen og Anders Sveeaas` Almennyttige Fond

Riding Romance 3 – Das Rotkäppchen (2014)

In Riding Romance 3 – Das Rotkäppchen Henriette Pedersen for the first time works with a dj; Ola Smith-Simonsen aka Olanskii – one of Norways foremost djs. He is behind the club concept Sunkissed and runs the club Jaeger in Oslo. The performance consists of a live set of Olanskii, where the sound is built up and broken in a wild encounter with dancer Kristine Karåla Øren, light designer Tilo Hahn, set designer/visual artist Maja Nilsen and the audience.

Das Rotkäppchen is the the third and last part of the performance trilogy Riding Romance, where Pedersen and her group of artists turns and twists on three iconic works from the romantic era: the ballet Swan Lake, the painting The Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (Das Nebelmeer) and the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood (Das Rotkäppchen).

By and with: Kristine Karåla Øren, Henriette Pedersen, Tilo Hahn, Olanskii, Maja Nilsen, Anette Therese Pettersen, Sveinn Fannar Johannsson and Morten Kippe

Riding Romance 3 – Das Rotkäppchen premiered at Atalante, Guthenburg in Sweden the 5ht of december 2015.
Guest performance at Black Box Theatre in Oslo in january 2015. 

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Riding Romance 2 – Das Nebelmeer (2013)



Riding Romance 1 – Swan Lake (2012)

Riding Romance Trilogy

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