KNOCK ON UNPAINTED WOOD
First part of the trilogy on the biggest illegal economies:
sex, weapons and drugs.
Strong and expressive dance performance on trafficking of women. JYLLANDSPOSTEN, 29.08.10
Mute Comp. has a mission with their art. Knock on Unpainted Wood is exciting, strong and originally performed and very expressive.
Once again Mute Comp. prooves to create a wayward narrative room shaped by forcefull raw dance hitting the viewer directly.
VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING
In Knock on Unpainted Wood, the audience is led into the everyday life of a victim of sex trafficking. The performance is the first part of a trilogy on the biggest illegal economies. Hereby, Mute Comp. continues the tradition of working on heavy and complex themes – the unbearable issues, which we tend to avoid in our daily lives.
The title Knock on Unpainted Wood comes from a Polish proverb, much the same as the English expression ‘knock on wood’ – something you say when you think you may have tempted fate. All victims of sextrafficking are initially full of hope for a better future, but in the end everything they hoped for turns into a lie with horrifying consequences and a tragic ending.
Trafficking is a horrifying subject and as such very challenging to work with artistically. But human trafficking – or modern slavery, which it is – is a global problem and undoubtedly something we can ́t close our eyes towards.
Jacob Stage, choreographer, Mute Comp. Physical Theatre.
With their unique physical language Mute Comp. wants to show trafficking as a cruel reality. They have no ambition to moralize or to point their finger. This is also the reason why the performance is not recommended for children under the age of 15 years.
The massive preparations for the performance have taken choreographer Kasper Ravnhøj as far as to a so-called ́child city ́ in Cambodia, but also just around the corner in Copenhagen.
This performance had not been feasible had it not been for the fantastic openness and helpfulness from organizations, who make a huge dif
ference to the victims in Denmark on a daily basis – especially in helping women who are send here and end up in prostitution.
Kasper Ravnhøj, choreographer in Mute Comp. Physical Theatre.
For this performance Mute Comp. has hired the young and rebellious Polish rockband PCHELKI / THE FLEAS consisting of the musicians Marta Rogalsdóttir (vocals, flute), Pawel Rychert (keyboards, electronica) and Krzysztof Rogalson (bass). PCHELKI is known for their mix of traditional Polish song technique, post rock, trip-hop and jazz.
CONCEPT AND CHOREOGRAPHY: Mute Comp. Physical Theatre / Kasper Ravnhøj in cooperation with Jacob Stage and the cast.
DANCERS AND PERFORMERS: Kasper Ravnhøj, Jacob Stage, Tiziana Fracchiolla, Maxim Jo-Beck McGosh, Marie Bergby Handeland and Thomas Bentin.
COMPOSITION, WORDS AND LIVE MUSIC: Marta Rogalsdóttir (vocal, flutes), Pawel Rychert (keyboards, electronica) and Whistler Rogalsson (bas).
SET DESIGN: Johan Kølkjær.
COSTUMES: Johan Kølkjær and Camilla Lind.
LIGHT DESIGN: Michael Breiner.
SOUND CONSULTANCE: Rasmus O. Hansen.
DRAMATURGE: Anne Hübertz Brekne.
OPERATOR LIGHT/SOUND: Nuno Antonio Neto.
ADMINISTRATION AND PR: Ulla Katrine Friis.
PRODUCTION LEADER: Jacob Rasmussen.
PORTRAITS: Kajsa Gullberg IT
TRAILERS AND CAMPAIGN PHOTO: Jacob Stage.
PRESS PHOTOS: Søren Meisner.
DURATION: 60 min.
- April 11 - 14, 2013. Store Carl, DANSEhallerne in connection with the re-staging of THE ILLEGAL TRILOGY.
- March 28, 2011. Store Carl, DANSEhallerne during IETM
- October 18, 2011. The Worker´s Museum at EU´s annual Anti-Trafficking-Day. (Excerpts)
- September 3 and 4, 2011. Momentum, Odense, DK.
- August 20 - 31, 2011, Re-premiere. NY TAP at Carlsberg, Copenhagen.
- June 4 - 12, 2011. Spring Dance at Carlsberg. Arr. Danish Dance Theatre. (Excerpts)
- October 18, 2010. Copenhagen City Hall at EU´s annual Anti-Trafficking-Day. (Excerpts)
- August 27 - September 19, 2010, Premiere. NY TAP at Carlsberg, Copenhagen.
KNOCK ON UNPAINTED WOOD was supported by StatensKunstråds Scenekunstudvalg, Københavns Scenekunstudvalg,Wilhelm Hansen Fonden, Augustinus Fonden, Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck´s Fond, Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond, Sonning Fonden, Den Polske Ambassade og Carlsberg.