1946: the second autumn after the end of the war. Nautic traffic along the coast has almost returned to normality, but it is not without risk. In addition to the wet and stormy weather there are frequent reports of mines drifting in the fairway.
The time is 8:20pm on Thursday December 19th The lanterns of the D/S havskaaren can be seen from Kvalnes farm, less than 2000 meters inside Kvalnes Flesa. There is stormy rainfalls, the sea is rough and the visibility is poor. As the lanterns disappear from sight, the only remaining visual sign of the ship is the beam of the searchlight pointing straight up into the dark sky. Shortly after, that too fades away. The impossible has happened, the ship has perished with all hands on board. (Kjell Rystad)
D/S Havskaaren resynthesizes data gathered from stories and needlework attributed to Hildur Pedersen, who grew up in Kvalnes in the inter-war period. The performance draws from traces and patterns found in artefacts shaped by language and yarn. Models of these material and linguistic substances are combined into a system that let’s us listen to a mechanical echo that views lived life – and work, from which new forms emerge. At the bottom of the ocean, a shipwreck slowly decays and transforms into a flower meadow.
Canilla is a newly sculpted project by Norwegian sound artist and instrument builder Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due. Frequently composing for dance and theatre productions she develops sonic fields that often includes electronics and live coded synthesis merged with materials from her extensive accordion collection. Canilla’s performative installations have been presented in museums and theatres as well as sound-art, dance and music festivals in Germany, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, UK and Norway.
Composer: Camilla Vatne Barrat-Due. Musician/arr: Ådne Mejsfjord. Design/programming: Jo Grys and Olivia Jack. Artistic counseling: Patrick Valiquet. Co-produced by Stamsund Teaterfestival. Støttet av Norsk Kulturråd og Villa Lofoten.