GRASPING THE FLOOR WITH

THE BACK OF MY HEAD

2008

 

A vivid and playful light emanates from the title of the performance. The functions of the different performers receive equal weight and form a poetic synthesis. The result is a highly professional performance.

From The Danish Arts Foundation’s award speech on Mute Comp.’s Grasping the floor with the back of my head.

 

You’re almost left in a trance while experiencing a mind expansion on both a physical and mental level. The spectator is sucked in by the performance. Information

 

A dream of fleshy moving bodies in a supple musical universe.

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Poster for Grasping.

Poster for Grasping.

Graphic design: Johan Kølkjær.

Photo: Søren Knud.

Photo: Søren Knud.

From left: Sigrid Husjord and Kasper Ravnhøj.

Photo: Søren Knud.

Photo: Søren Knud.

From left: Martin Seeberg, Sigrid Husjord, Anna Katrin Egilstrøð, Kasper Ravnhøj, Jacob Stage and Thomas Bentin.

Photo: Søren Knud.

Photo: Søren Knud.

From left: Anna Katrin Egilstrøð, Martin Seeberg, Sigrid Husjord, Kasper Ravnhøj and Jacob Stage.

Photo: Søren Knud.

Photo: Søren Knud.

On the picture: Sigrid Husjord.

Photo: Søren Knud.

Photo: Søren Knud.

From left: Martin Seeberg, Søren Hammerlund, Anna Katrin Egilstrøð, Juan Humberto Pino, Kasper Ravnhøj and Jacob Stage.

Photo: Søren Knud.

Photo: Søren Knud.

From left: Jacob Stage, Sigrid Husjord and Kasper Ravnhøj.

Photo: Søren Knud.

Photo: Søren Knud.

From left: Sigrid Husjord, Jacob Stage, Martin Seeberg, Søren Hammerlund and Anna Katrin Egilstrøð.

Photo: Søren Knud.

Photo: Søren Knud.

From left: Sigrid Husjord, Martin Seeberg, Jacob Stage, Thomas Bentin and Kasper Ravnhøj.

Photo: Søren Knud.

Photo: Søren Knud.

From left: Anna Katrin Egilstrøð, Sigrid Husjord, Martin Seeberg, Jacob Stage, Thomas Bentin and Kasper Ravnhøj.

Photo: Søren Knud.

Photo: Søren Knud.

From left: Anna Katrin Egilstrøð, Sigrid Husjord, Martin Seeberg, Jacob Stage, Thomas Bentin and Kasper Ravnhøj.

Photo: Søren Knud.

Photo: Søren Knud.

From left: Sigrid Husjord, Thomas Bentin, Jacob Stage and Kasper Ravnhøj.

Photo: Søren Knud.

Photo: Søren Knud.

From left: Sigrid Husjord, Søren Hammerlund, Martin Seeberg, Anna Katrin Egilstrøð, Kasper Ravnhøj, Thomas Bentin and Jacob Stage.

Photo: Søren Knud.

Photo: Søren Knud.

From left: Sigrid Husjord and Kasper Ravnhøj.

LIFE AS A LIVING HELL

 

Grasping the floor with the back of my head is a tender, humorous, forceful and highly expressive performance about; why man – since the beginning of time – always somehow manage to make his life a living hell.

 

The show features an international cast from the Faeroe Islands, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland/Ecuador. The music is composed and performed live by VALRAVN., whose inspiration comes from the original Nordic music tradition blending the raw sounds from their ancient instruments with the smooth possibilities of electronic music.

 

CAST

 

CONCEPT OG CHOREOGRAPHY: Mute Comp. Physical Theatre

DANCE AND PERFORMANCE: Kasper Ravnhøj, Jacob Stage, Thomas Bentin, Sigrid Husjord and VALRAVN.

COMPOSER AND LIVE MUSIC: VALRAVN / Martin Seeberg, Anna Katrin Egilstrøð, Juan Humberto Pino and Søren Hammerlund.

STAGE DESIGN: Johan Kølkjær.

LIGHTDESIGN: Michael Breiner.

 

DURATION: 70 min.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACKOUT!BLACKOUT! focuses on the strangeness of human behavior and the dark sides of the human personality as it addresses mankind’s desire to escape reality – the urge to daydream, repress or even deny reality.

 

 BLACKOUT! is about not being able to resist, not being able to say no or claim that you don’t want that ticket to utopia. We explore the feeling of being drawn

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

 

- Prize by the Danish Arts Foundation for the concept for – and the staging of – Grasping the floor with the back of my head, 2008.

- Award winner “Best Performace” at The Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre, 2008.

- Nominated for the Reumert Prize “Best show” in Denmark, 2008.

- Nominated for Best Performance and Best Actress, Dublin Fringe Festival, 2008.

 

 

PERFORMANCES

 

- June 29 and 30, 2012. Macao Cultural Centre.

- August 12, 2010. Malmø Sommarscen.

- May 31 and June 2, 2012. Sofia and Varna, Bulgaria in connection with the 17th International Theatre Festival “Varna Summer” on.

- October, 2008. At the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater /CIFET.

- November 2009. Mute Comp. is selected to open P@RT – international showcase for Danish performing arts with a re-staging of GRASPING THE FLOOR WITH THE BACK OF MY HEAD.

- September, 2008. Dublin Fringe Festival, Ireland..

- August, 2008, Re-premiere. Dansescenen, Copenhagen..

- February 13, 2008, Premiere. Dansescenen, Copenhagen.

 

 

DOWNLOADS

 

Scenery Installation Plan

Stageplot
Light and Stage rider
Sound Rider

 

Press quotes
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On Tarot
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