Bisserup DNK

WHAT?

July 29th – August 7th 2016. Five days with outdoor site specific performances in the public space of the old fisherman’s village at the outskirts of the Danish countryside. A house big enough for all of us and an old fisherman’s barn, turned into a studio.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

HOW?

Arriving from different places in Europe, we all met on friday the 29th of July in Bisserup. Soon we became familiar with the landscape and the research was initiated. We cleaned and set up our studio space, created workshops for each other and developed ideas for the continuation of the week.

From Monday until Friday we met with the audience at 5pm every day, near our indoor working studio, an old barn where the previous owner (a fisherman) used to prep the nets. Here we introduced the research of the day and together with the audience we walked to the site where the day’s performative action took place.

We visited e.g. the ‘outer corner’ of the village, the spot between the harbour and the beach where the view changes significantly depending on which direction you face. The audience was asked to open and close their eyes and by doing so different and new images appeared every time. We asked the audience: Why does the landscape look like this? What made the trees so curved? And we proposed more or less direct answers by placing our bodies differently within their view.
On another day we went to the bus stop, the village’s place of departures and arrivals. We investigated the site’s specific meaning, as well as its more abstract potential. At the end of the performance, a bus arrived and Asaf, who had to get to the airport, climbed into it. As we waved goodbye, some of the spectators joined in, wondering probably about the “realness” of what they were witnessing.
On yet another day we guided the audience through a parcours in the forest, suprising them with ghost-train-style vampire-horror-appearances.

To our initial suprise, the performances were very well visited. Some of the villagers came every day, and we felt that as much as people were coming to see the performances, they were also using these events in order to meet and talk to each other. The strangeness of our offerings seemed to be a welcome reason to discuss and unite in enthusiasm or irritation.

At the end of the week we invited the locals for coffee, buns and informal talks around the experiences of the week. In facilitated groups we inquired about their perspective on their village. We heard many enthusiast reactions, as well as critical feedback and an invitation to come back another time in the future. The cordial goodbye left us moved as we went on to clean our temporary house and studio.

This residency was funded by the regional council Slagelse Kommune Denmark and made possible with the suppport of Lone Jacobson, Niels Frandsen, Pierre Tandille, Alexander Holms & Ruth-Johanne Anderson.