News and history
20 january: Kasper Ravnhøj and Annette Max Hansen meet with future collaborators; Racehorse in Helsinki and attending Urbotek at Stoa in Helsinki.
29 November: Annette Max Hansen is attending DUNAPART4, Hungarian performning arts showcase in Budapest.
22 November: Kasper Ravnhøj and Annette Max Hansen are attending IETM in Brussels.
20 November: Kasper Ravnhøj starts rehearsals at Nørrebro Teater's "Noget om Helte"
14 November: Annette Max Hansen is attending Everyone is Specatular festival i Reykjavik.
16 October: Mute Comp. launches new workshop on art and science presenting new methodic approaches to creativity.
14 October: Kasper Ravnhøj starts rehearsals at Teater V's "Tvind - the musical".
20 September: Mute Comp. receives generous funding from the arts council securing company activities until 2020. THANK YOU!!!!
19 August: The 6. edition of Project X has ended with 14 new graduates. Congratulations!
1 July: Mute Comp. moves into new offices at Udviklingsplatformen at Otto Busses Vej.
15 July: Kasper Ravnhøj recieves most generous work grant from the Danish Arts Foundation.
Mute Comp. presents Sleeping with the Lights on during CPH:STAGE at Dansekapellet.
Mute Comp. opens new conference LAB.DANCE 8-10 June curated by Thomas Schaupp and Annette Max Hansen. Read more
2 May: Mute Comp. presents programme for new confence LAB.DANCE 8-10 June curated by Thomas Schaupp and Annette Max Hansen.
11 April: Mute Comp. hires new dancer; Alexis Fernández, to perform in the CPHStage edition of Sleeping with the Lights on.
29 March: Sleeping with the Lights on is presented at Regional Arena for Samtidsdans.
24 March: Sleeping with the Lights on is presented at Region Teater Väst, Borås, Sweeden.
19-23 March: Annette Max Hansen participates in IETM Bucarest.
13 March: Kasper Ravnhøj is back in Russia to continue rehearsals on Decay of Atom to open in Perm in May.
3. March: Sleeping with the Lights on opens in Dansekapellet.
15. Feb: Kasper Ravnhøj starts rehearsals on Decay of Atom to open in Perm in May.
19. Jan: Annette Max Hansen attends IETM Caravane in Teheran, Iran to meet Iranian artists and share a week of cultural exchange.
30 Jan: Kasper Ravnhøj is nominated; Dancer of the Year by CPH:Culture.
28 November: Kasper Ravnhøj starts rehearsals on Martin Lyngbo's Hamlet to open in March 2017.
15 November: Tickets on sale for Sleeping with the Lights on opening 3 March in Dansekapellet
12 November: Utmanningar, choreographerd by Kasper Ravnhøj og Noora Hannula plays in Palladium in Malmø.
11 November: "Gravity", choreographed by Kasper Ravnhøj, opens at the Norwegian Theatre Academy Frederikstad in Norway.
13 - 15 October: Sleeping with the Lights on plays at Bærum Kulturhus, Oslo
3 - 8 October: Annette Max Hansen is attending Performing Arts Market Seoul- pitching for international touring partners 5 Oct!
3 - 13 October: Reehearsals continue in Oslo for Sleeping with the Lights on.
Kasper Ravnhøj is teaching "Verdensklasser" on Møn.
19 - 25 September: Mute Comp. is in residency in RAS, Norway, working on Sleeping with the Lights on.
7 - 18 September: Mute Comp. is in residency in Hammerfest working on Sleeping with the Lighst on.
1 - 4 September: Annette Max Hansen is attending Tanzmesse along with all the rest of the Danish Dance community.
1 September: Utmanningar, choreographerd by Kasper Ravnhøj og Noora Hannula. plays at Tanzmesse.
1 - 7 August: Producer Annette Max Hansen is attending Tampere theatre festival.
1 - 14 August: Project X takes place in Dansehallerne with 12 selected dancers and students form all over the world.
15-17 July: Workshop with composer Tomas Elfstadius, dramaturge Thomas Schaupp, dancer and choreographer Stian Danielsen and Kasper Ravnhøj in Berlin.
3 - 10 July: Kasper Ravnhøj on researchtrip to Japan.
10th - 12th June: Kasper Ravnhøj performs the solo Naghol på Teaterøen during CPH Stage.
3th - 4 June: Mute Comp. performs Plum wine, Highway, Lemon at Busan International Dance Festival.
26th May: Calmus Waves opens i Reykjavik Arts Festival, choregraphed by Kasper Ravnhøj.
Kasper Ravnhøj choreographs Den Politiske Kandestøber for Bornholm's Teater.
29th April: Danish premiere; The Strike of No Thought at Dansehallerne.
19th April: Kasper Ravnhøj performs "Naghol" at Erarta Contemporary Art Museum during the international festival "Contemporary Dance. 25 years in Saint Petersburg".
14th - 17th: Kasper Ravnhøj teaches Space Body Presence course at Kunst og Design Højskolen i Bergen.
Mute Comp. has started rehearsals for The Strike of No Thought opening 29th April, International Day of Dance at Dansehallerne.
13th-14th: Mute Comp. is hosting second workshop in Copenhagen with Calmus Waves collaborators from Island on project to be presented in Reykjavik in June.
8th-11th: Kasper Ravnhøj trains students at Norweigan Theatre Academy.
1st-2nd: Mute Comp. hosts 2. workshop with choreographer Stian Danielsen og producer Lene Bang working on comming production; Sleeping with the Lights on to open in Oslo in October.
Annette Max Hansen signs permanent contract with Mute Comp. as producer and manager taking over from Ulla Friis.
25th - 27th: Mute Comp. meets with Islandic collaborators on future project "Calmus Waves" in Copenhagen for 2. workshop.
20th - 22th: Mute Comp. is in Frederikshavn attending the annual Teaterforeningseminar.
16th: Kasper Ravnhøj starts teacing at Holbæk Teater Akademi.
4th - 8th: Mute Comp. is in Hammerfest attending Kedja meeting and Barents Festival.
19th - 29th: Kasper Ravnhøj teaches at at Høgskolen i Østfold.
16th September: Kasper Ravnhøj starts touring in Norway for a forthnight with the worldwide succes by Kristjan Ingimarsson; BLAM!
3rd September: Kasper Ravnhøj's first children's performance "Utmaningar" (Udfordringer) opens i Borås, Sweden, with huge succes. Kids from the age of six storms the floor after the show.
3rd - 8th August: Mute Comp. is in Tampere, Finland attending the Tampere Theatre Festival; Tampereen Teatterikesä.
3rd July: Jeppe på Bjerget, with choreography by Kasper Ravnhøj, opens at Rønne Teater, Bornholm.
1st June: Kasper Ravnhøj and Noora Hannula starts work with Regionteater Väst on the performance "Utmanninger" - a political show for children opening in September.
31th May: Mute Comp. meets with Islandic collaborators on future project "Calmus Waves" in Copenhagen.
11th - 22nd May: Projekt X is on ! 12 new, young talents from Europe in workshop with Kasper Ravnhøj.
9th - 10th May: Mute Comp. initiates collaboration by hosting 48hours workshop with Norweigan choreographer Stian Danielsen 9th/10th May .
8th May: Kasper Ravnhøj teaches dancers of Iceland Dance Company 8th May in Reykjavik - first steps launching new collaboration.
23rd-26th April: Mute Comp. is in Bergamo, Italy, attending IETM meeting.
21st - 26th April: Mute Comp. tours in Denmark and Sweden with "Conspiracy of Spring. Read more.
14th April: Mute Comp. starts rehearsals for the coming touring of Conspiracy of Spring" to perform in Denmark and Sweden.
19th March: Mute Comp. meets with Islandic partners to prepare New Media project to be presented in 2016.
17th March: Most Truths opens at Dansehallerne - performing until 28th of March.
12th - 15th February: Mute Comp. Physical Theatre is on Island meeting future collaborating partners and participating in Reykjavik Dance Festival.
27th January: Artistic director Kasper Ravnhøj is guest in Forsøgstationens series of Artistic Salon, presenting his method as part of Forsøgsstationens focus on various training approaches and forms in an artistic context.
16th January: Mute Comp. Physical Theatre is participating in Performing Arts Dialogue organised by the Danish Ministry of Culture.
12th January: Mute Comp. Physical Theatre has begun rehearsals for MOST TRUTHS ARE SO NAKED, opening 17th March at Dansehallerne.
9th - 13th January: Mute Comp. Physical Theatre is attending APAP - International Performing Arts Conference and Marketplace in New York City.
Co-founder and creative mastermind Kasper Ravnhøj has taken complete charge of Mute Comp.'s artistic management and will continue to create Mute Comps choreographic work. This he will do together with Ulla Katrine Friis who has been appointed General Manager of the company. Co-founder Jacob Stage is leaving Mute Comp in order to pursue new challenges. Already last season it became evident that the long partnership between the founders of Mute Comp was coming to an end. All the best to Jacob.
9th - 14th January: Mute Comp Physical Theatre is attending ICEHOT in Oslo, the Nordic platform for professional exchange within the contemporary dance industry.
November and December 2014
Kasper Ravnhøj teaches at Skuespillerskolen in Aarhus and researches for the next performance MOST TRUTHS ARE SO NAKED with premiere on March 17th 2015.
THE CONSPIRACY OF SPRING (2013) tours in Denmark.
September and October 2014
Kasper Ravnhøj teaches at Skuespillerskolen in Aarhus and researches for the next performance MOST TRUTHS ARE SO NAKED with premiere on March 17th 2015.
Kasper Ravnhøj performs his solo NAGHOL at Teaterøen in connection with the international theatre festival Asteroiden on August 16th and 17th. Kasper Ravnhøj replaces Kristjan Ingimarsson in BLAM! by Kristjan Ingimarsson / Neander during touring in England, Blackpool Grand Theatre in the period August 20 - 31 August.
Mute Comp. Physical Theatre is attending Tanzmesse in Düsseldorf, presenting their work at in the National Danish Booth.
May - June 2014
From May 31th - June 14 Mute Comp. Physical Theatre performs PLUM WINE, HIGHWAY, LEMON 2014 – a journey in the afterlife in Dansekapellet, CPH NV.
(…) The dancers are excellent. With effortless flow and acrobatic spans they throw themselves into melees or one distinct solo one after one – to die is indeed a lonely experience – each has one´s own way. Politiken, 05.06.14
CHOREOGRAGRAPHY: Kasper Ravnhøj in collaboration with the cast.
COMPOSITION: Won Il (KR) and Anna Katrin Egilstrøð (FO).DANCERS:Kasper Ravnhøj, Noora Hannula (FIN), Julie Rasmussen (NO), Stefanos Bizas (GR) and Elin Signý Weywadt Ragnarsdóttir (IS).
LIVE MUSICIANS: Anna Katrin Egilstrøð (FO)Park Kyungso(KR) (gayageum), Kim Yonghwa (KR) (haegeum), Lee Aram (KR) (daegeum), Ko Myungjin (KR) (percussion).
Mute Comp. Physical Theatre performs BLACKOUT! at the Multiplié Dansefestival in the period April 2. - 6 in Trondhiem, Norway. The performance is a part of a bigger collaboration with the festival including workshops with local dancers who will be included as extras in BLACKOUT! (the show involves 10 extras).
During the festival Mute Comp. also participates in lectures and panel discussions.
Download program for the Multiplié Dansefestival here.
Research for PLUM WINE, HIGHWAY, LEMON. Rehearsals on BLACKOUT! in connection with the performance Multiplié Dansefestival in the period April 2. - 6 in Trondhiem, Norway.
Kasper Ravnhøj travels to Seoul, South Korea with Anna Katrin Egilstrød (composer and musician), Noora Hannula (dancer), Julie Rasmussen (dancer), Johan Kølkjær (set designer) and Mette Hornbek (productionleader) in connection with PLUM WINE, HIGHWAY, LEMON - Mute Comp.´s new performance coming up on May 30 in Dansekapellet.
In Seoul Kasper Ravnhøj and Anna Katrin Egilstrød will compose the music for the performance with the world-renowned Korean composer Won II. WON II, as well as being the conductor of the National Orchestra of Korea at The National Theatre of Korea, is also a professor and educator in Korean Traditional Arts at the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul.January 2014
Kasper Ravnhøj teaches at Det Røde Rum and Skuespillerskolen Ophelia while doing research for PLUM WINE, HIGHWAY, LEMON.
Jacob Stage becomes a member of ´Legatudvalget for Scenekunst´, choosen by the minister of Culture.
Autumn 2013 / First part of 2013/2014
Kasper Ravnhøj replaces Kristjan Ingimarsson in BLAM! by Kristjan Ingimarsson / Neander during touring in Italy December 2 - 13.
Jacob Stage travels to Africa.
Ulla Katrine Friis participates in Teaterforeningsseminar in Odense from November 15 - 17.
Kasper Ravnhøj replaces Kristjan Ingimarsson in BLAM! by Kristjan Ingimarsson / Neander during touring in England from November 2 - 17.
In September and October Jacob Stage choreographs for Betty Nansen.
From October 15 – November 8 2013 Mute Comp. Physical Theatre offers internship for dancers in training and to be a part of PROJECT X 2013. On Friday November 1st from 6 - 2 PM Mute Comp. performs PROJEKT X subtitled DANCING MANIA at TEATERØEN. From Monday 4th - Thursday 8th of November Jacob Stage films a video based on the choreographic material in PROJECT X.
In October and September Jacob Stage is choreographic consultant at Anemone Teatret, Edison / Betty Nansen Teatret and Gerlev Idrætshøjskole.
In August, September and October 2013 Kasper Ravnhøj replaces Kristjan Ingimarsson in BLAM! by Kristjan Ingimarsson / Neander during touring in Scotland and Denmark.
In July and August choreographer Kasper Ravnhøj performs NAGHOL at Ravnedans Festival in Norway (July 2013) and at The National Theatre of Iceland in connection with Reykjavik Dance Festival (August 2013).
During 2012/2013 Mute Comp. Physical Theatre performs 7 performances and choreographer Kasper Ravnhøj is nominated for a Reumert as BEST DANCER OF THE YEAR.
NAGHOL (solo and duet)From July 25 and August 4 2012 Mute Comp. Physical Theatre works in recidency at the Angel Art Festival in Portugal. Here Kasper Ravnhøj creates the material for NAGHOL – solo and duet performed by Kasper Ravnhøj and Louise Hyun Dahl.
In 2012/2013 Kasper Ravnhøj performs NAGHOL at Halmlageret, Carlsberg during ´Kulturnatten´ in October 2012 and during DK-tour in November and December 2012 and in Malmø, Lund, Kristianstad and Helsingborg in April 2013.
In October 2012 Mute Comp. Physical Theatre rehearses the duet MARSHMALLOW from 2007. The duet was premiered back in 2007 at St. Marks Church, after which it was entered in Bard College, New York and next repeated at the International Festival "Open Look" in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In October 2012 Mute Comp. Physical Theatre also launches the new concept PROJECT X, the result of a massive interest in Mute Comp. Physical Theatre´s performances, movements and physical expression.
PROJECT X is based on collaboration and internship agreements with a number of European, mostly Scandinavian, dance institutions, from where Kasper Ravnhøj invites 15-20 dancers to come and work with him. In this period of time a small dance piece, lasting around 15 minutes, is created. The PROJECT X 2012 was subtitled "We were exploding anyway”.
TOUR IN DENMARK
In November and December 2012 NAGHOL, MARSHMALLOW and PROJEKT X toured Baltoppen, Ballerup, Laboratoriet, Roskilde and Bora Bora, Århus.
THE CONSPIRACY OF SPRING 2013
From March 23 – April 4 Mute Comp. Physical Theatre performs THE CONSPIRACY OF SPRING – a humoristic, acrobatic and touching performance asking the question: What do we do with the time we are given?
(…) Speaking about the wildest: The two 'martial arts “trickters”' Andy Long and Hannes Pastor imported from Germany are the wildest guys we have seen for a long time within Danish stage art. Politiken, 27.03.13.
Choreography: Kasper Ravnhøj in collaboration with the cast.
Composition and live music: Henriette Groth.
Stunt and tricking: Andreas "ANDY LONG" Nguyen (DE) and Hannes Pastor (DE). Dance: Stina Malmgren (S) and Raphaël Ferdinand Eder Kastling (S).
THE ILLEGAL TRILOGY 2013
Mute Comp. is dance with meaning, galaxies away from sleek abstraction.
´Teaterbloggen´ on the re-staging of THE ILLEGAL TRILOGY, 12.04.13.
As a result of overwhelming audience interest Mute Comp. Physical Theatre re-stages THE ILLEGAL TRILOGY and hereby the three successful performances KNOCK ON UNPAINTED WOOD – on sex/trafficking, F.U.B.A.R. – Fucked Up Beyond Any Recognition – on the fascination of power and weapons and BLACKOUT! – on drugs and escapism.
This huge marathon event is held on April 11, 12, 13 and 14 2013 each day from 5.30 – 10.30 PM.
KNOCK ON UNPAINTED WOOD casts Kasper Ravnhøj, Jacob Stage, Anna G. Jansson (S), Thomas Bentin, Nassim Meki (S), Thomas Bentin, Marie Bergby Handeland, Marta Rogalsdóttir (vocal, flutes), Pawel Rychert (keyboards, electronica) og Whistler Rogalsson (bas).
F. U. B. A. R. casts Kasper Ravnhøj, Jacob Stage, Liv Mikaela Sanz, Alexandre Bourdat, JD Wilkes (vocal, banjo and harmonica), Rod Hamdallah (guitar), Mark Robertson (bas) og Brett Whitacre (drums).
BLACKOUT! casts Kasper Ravnhøj, Jacob Stage, Siri Wolthoorn, Thomas Bentin, 10 extras, Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg (computer, songwriter, vocal, electric guitar), MC Jabber (songwriter and vocal) og Dodebum a.k.a. Henrik Sundh (ribbon controller, synthesizer, sampler, laptop).
Other engagements and activities (excerpts) in 2012/2013:
Mute Comp. Physical Theatre functions as choreographic consultant at Café Teatret, eKleKtisk teaterproduKtion, Asterions Hus, teaches and gives workshop at Teaterskolen Rødkilde, Dansehallerne Operaakademiet DKT, Rytmisk Center, Produktionsskolen i Brøndby, Danscentrum Syd, Malmø, Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School, Teater Beagle, records and edits film for Tali Razga, Ballettens Venner, Teater Hund, Teater Fantast, gives lectures at Dansk Skuespiller Forbund, Danmark Teaterforeninger and performs in the performance ”Habe keine Angst” by eKleKtisk teaterproduKtion and the project ”Coexistence” – a cultural exchange between Denmark and Uganda by Stuart Lynch.
Besides this Kasper Ravnhøj takes classes in Martial Arts Tricking and Kong Fu in connection with the preparation for THE CONSPIRACY OF SPRING.
As a result of overwhelming audience interest Mute Comp. Physical Theatre re-stages KNOCK ON UNPAINTED WOOD on sex/trafficking – the first part of THE ILLEGAL TRILOGY on the biggest illegal economies sex, weapons and drugs. The re-staging is held from August 20 – 31 2011.
From April 14 – 28 2012 Mute Comp. Physical Theatre performs BLACKOUT! on drugs and escapism –the third and final part of THE ILLEGAL TRILOGY on the biggest illegal economies sex, weapons and drugs.
An amazing, innovative, challenging and sensual experiencewhere theater, music, dance and performance art assimilate. GAFFA, 16.04.12.
Choreography in collaboration with the cast: Kasper Ravnhøj.
Dance: Kasper Ravnhøj, Jacob Stage, Louise Hyun Dahl, Thomas Bentin.
Composition, words and live music: Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg (computer, vocals, electric guitar), MC Jabber (songwriter, vocalist) and Dodebum aka Henrik Sundh (ribbon controller, synthesizer, sampler, laptop).
In August 2011 Kasper Ravnhøj receives the title MALE DANCER OF THE YEAR by the German dance magazine TANZ - Zeithschrift für Ballet, Tanz und Performance.
Other engagements and activities in 2011/12 (excerpts)
Mute Comp. Physical Theatre functions as choreographic consultant at Statens Teaterskole, Det Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen Contemporary, teaches and gives workshop at Skuespillerskolen v/ Aarhus Teater, Operaakademiet DKT, Dansk Skuespillerforbund (masterclass), Teaterskolen Rødkilde, Produktionsskolen i Brøndby, Danscentrum Syd i Malmø, Sceneindgangen, records and edits film for Edhem Jesenkovic, Ballettens Venner, Teater Hund, Dansens Hus, Statens Teaterskole, Tali Razga/Gazart, gives lectures at Dansens Hus, Roskilde Teater and at Folkemøde på Bornholm, participates in Dansens Dage, Kulturnatten, Keðja Encounter in Århus, IETM in Krakow and in Copenhagen, APAP - Global Performing Arts Marketplace and Conference, New York and Chapter 15. Besides this Jacob Stage functions as ”outside eye” in February 2012 in Bourg Saint Andeol, Sydfrankrig and consultance for the Spanish company Fet a Mà and the performance "Cru", instructed by Marie-Celine Daubagnan.
KNOCK ON UNPAINTED WOOD
From August 27 – September 18 2010 Mute Comp. Physical Theatre performs KNOCK ON UNPAINTED WOOD on sex/trafficking and is the first part of THE ILLEGAL TRILOGY on the biggest illegal economies sex, weapons and drugs.
Strong and expressive dance performance on trafficking of women.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Kasper Ravnhøj in collaboration with the cast.
DANCE: Kasper Ravnhøj, Jacob Stage, Tiziana Fracchiolla, Marie Bergby Handeland, Maxim-Jo Beck McGosh and Thomas Bentin.
LIVE MUSIC: PCHELKI / Marta Rogalsdóttir (vocal, flutes), Pawel Rychert (keyboards, electronica) and ' Krzysztof Rogalson (bas).
F.U.B.A.R. - Fucked Up Beyond Any Recognition
From May 14 – June 4 2011 Mute Comp. Physical Theatre performs F.U.B.A.R. - Fucked Up Beyond Any Recognition on the fascination with power and weapons. F.U.B.A.R. is the second part of THE ILLEGAL TRILOGY on the biggest illegal economies sex, weapons and drugs.
An amazing kick to the danceworld.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Kasper Ravnhøj in collaboration with the cast.
DANCE: Kasper Ravnhøj, Jacob Stage, Kirstine Ilum and Alexandre Bourdat.
LIVE MUSIC: LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKER / JD Wilkes (vocals, banjo and harmonica), Duane Denison (guitar), Mark Robertson (bass) and Brett Whitacre (drums).
Other performances:August 2010: GRASPING THE FLOOR WITH THE BACK OF MY HEAD tours Sweden in connection with Malmø Sommarscen. :
In October 2010 Mute Comp. Physical Theatre performs excerpts from KNOCK ON UNPAINTED WOOD at Copenhagen City Hall during EU´s annual Anti-Trafficking-Day.June
In June 2011 Mute Comp. Physical Theatre performs excerpts from KNOCK ON UNPAINTED WOOD at Spring Dance Copenhagen at Carlsberg, arranged by Danish Dance Theatre.
Other engagements and activities in 2010/2011 (excerpts):
Mute Comp. Physical Theatre functions as choreographic consultant at Bornholms Teater Holland House, teaches at Skuespillerskolen (Aarhus Teater), Iceland Academy of the Arts, Iceland Dance Company, Frederiksberg Seminarium and teaches dancers and choreographers in camera – and editing technique, records and edits film for Stuart Lynch, Erik Aschengreen, Dansk Skuespiller Forbund, Ballettens Venner and performs in ”Poul, Poul, Poul, Poul og Poul” by Holland House, participates in Dansens Dage,Screen Moves, Host Guest Gost, Kulturnat, Kick Off, Kedja, Chapter 15, Dansemesse andICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform and Jacob Stage facilitates an interview session with Lloyd Newson fra DV8 Physical Theatre in Copenhagen.
Besides this Kasper Ravnhøj travels to Sierra Leone to do research on F.U.B.A.R. – Fucked Up Beyond Any Recognition.
In August Mute Comp. moves to Dansehallerne at Carlsberg, celebrates their 10th anniversary and opens the theatre season 2009/2010 at Dansescenen’s new stage with the performance POST SECRET.
It is overwhelmingly beautiful when Kasper Ravnhøj spins in a dance, which is like one long fall though he steadily pick himself up – obviously without using any strength as there were no gravity and no heavy past. The solo is the whole performance in its essence.
Politiken, September 7th
In POST SECRET Mute Comp. explores the strangeness of human behaviour and the shady sides of the human being. POST SECRET is a performance about loving life no matter what it brings – about living with one’s actions, forgiving and moving on.
The performance presents some of the most outstanding dancers/performers from Denmark and abroad:
From the Russian republic of Tuva, Mute Comp. has extraordinarily engaged one of the most accomplished female musicians and throat singers: Choduraa Tumat. Tumat is the artistic director of the female ensemble ”Tyva Kyzy”/ DAUGTHERS OF TUVA. The ensemble is the first and only ensemble from the republic of Tuva which performs abroad and with all kinds of Tuvinian throat- and overtone songs.
In addition to Kasper Ravnhøj the audience experiences the dancers Tiziana Fracchiolla and Thomas Bentin. Together, this dynamic quartet will constitute an example of Danish dance of an international standard.
In November 2010 Mute Comp. is selected to open P@RT – international showcase for Danish performing arts with GRASPING THE FLOOR WITH THE BACK OF MY HEAD.
In March 2010 Mute Comp. travels to Warzawa, Poland to do research on the next performance KNOCK ON UNPAINTED WOOD and to meet with the bandmembers in the Polish band PCHELKI who will play and perform live music in the performance.
Besides this Kasper Ravnhøj also travels to Cambodja to meet the world famous Somaly Mam Foundation.
On April 18 – 19 Mute Comp. is choosen to perform at the huge art event ”TransitStation” with 60 participants at Kunstakademiet, Charlottenborg 17. og 18. april. www.transitstation.de.
On May 6th 2010 POST SECRET performs at New Baltic Dance '10' in Vilnius. The dancers Tiziana Fracchiolla and Thomas Bentin are replaced by Johanne Hestbech Dam and Lasse Hoeg von Essen.
Other engagements and activities in 2009/2010 (Excerpts):
Mute Comp. Physical Theatre functions as choreographic consultant at Teatro Glimt, Asterions Hus, Bornholmsteater, teaches atTeater Ophelia, Copenhagen Contemporary Dance, records and edits film for Cantabile 2, Bådteatret, Dansescenen, Les 7 doigt de la Main og DadaDans, presents ”Another day with Dynion”, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wales, performs in performances by Asterions Hus, Kristián Ingmarsson / Neander, Hotel Proforma, Holland House, Warm Up Roskilde Festival”, Roskilde Festival, participates at the ´World-theatre-day´/ Verdensteaterdagen, conference arranged by ITI and gives the ´Dance-Film-workshop´ "Dansefilmens DNA", which runs from February 8 – 12 in connection with the new platform "Screen Moves" at Dansehallerne.
In April and May Mute Comp. Physical Theatre begins rehearsals on the new performance POST SECRET.
Jacob Stage creates the dance movie Another day with Dynion with Dynion Dance Company in Wales. A tale of a group of young men who turn their backs to the town’s football traditions, plunge into crash dance and bring new life to a sleepy seaside town. The movie opens in Swansea, Wales, and is subsequently screened in Cinemateket, Copenhagen, at the Day of Dance (29th April).
In January 2009 Jacob Stage and Kasper Ravnhøj are rewarded a prize by the Danish Arts Foundation for the concept for – and the staging of – Grasping the floor with the back of my head.
The artists have succeeded in creating a performance where live music is integrated with dance and set design. 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.
The Danish Arts Foundation´s grounds for awarding Mute Comp. a prize for Grasping the floor with the back of my head.
Mute Comp. receives a two-year of work and project grant from the Danish Arts Council Committee for the Performing Arts.
In October Mute Comp. participates at the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater /CIFET with GRASPING THE FLOOR WITH THE BACK OF MY HEAD. They receive the prize for “Best Performance” and are nominated for “Best Female Performance”.
GRASPING THE FLOOR WITH THE BACK OF MY HEAD is nominated for a Reumert and the prize ”Best Dance Performance of the Year” in Copenhagen and for “Best Performance” and ”Best Female Performance” at the Dublin Fringe Festival.
In September GRASPING THE FLOOR WITH THE BACK OF MY HEAD tours Denmark and Ireland.
In May Mute Comp. participates in the site-specific solo festival Mellemrum in Copenhagen at a roof in the inner city with the audience placed at an adjoining building.
GRASPING THE FLOOR WITH THE BACK OF MY HEAD
In february Mute Comp. performs Grasping the floor with the back of my head with live music by the band Valravn.
”Errare humanum est perseverare diabolicum” (by Seneca the Younger).
“To err is human, to persist is devilish …
The performance revolves around reflections on the Fall of Man - on how we make our own hells as a result of wanting too much, too little, that we do not dare or dare too much, love, feel, think… As a metaphor: that we cut of the branch we are sitting on. Grasping the floor with the back of my head is nothing less than a performance about why man at all times has created his own hell.
CONCEPT OG CHOREOGRAPHY: Kasper Ravnhøj in collaboration with the cast.
DANCE AND PERFORMANCE: Jacob Stage, Kasper Ravnhøj, Thomas Bentin, Sigrid Husjord and VALRAVN.
COMPOSER OG LIVE PERFORMANCE: VALRAVN.
In June Mute Comp. performs MARSHMALLOW (duet, 15 minutes), a performance about the ”Jackass generation", which has to go to extremes to feel alive. The performance offers lots of blows to the head and bludgeon strokes.
MARSHMALLOW is performed at St. Mark’s Church and at Bard College in New York followed by one week of master class with dance students from the whole world.In July the Marshmallow concept is repeated in Saint Petersburg, Russia, at the Open Look Festival.
Jacob Stage participates in Dance for Camera in The Hague, Holland.
Kasper Ravnhøj and Jacob Stage Both each receive a scholarship from the Danish Arts Foundation (Statens Kunstfonds Arbejdslegat).
Kasper Ravnhøj receives travel support from the Danish Arts Foundation (Statens Kunstfonds Arbejdslegat) for his stay in South Korea.
Mute Comp. Physical Theatre visits New York and shows the dance movie Bliss in connection with Dance on Camera Festival 2006. Mute Comp. networks and collaborates with American artists, dancers, air artists and scriptwriters.
In May – as Artist in Residence at Dansescenen – Mute Comp. performs PROPAGANDA. At the same time the company makes a film version of the performance. Mute Comp. presents a wide range of the best international and Danish dance films at the first Dance Film Festival in Denmark.
PROPAGANDA is a political performance about fear and alienation. Two men are cooped up in an apartment. They do not know how long they have been there or if the danger is over. Day and night change just as swiftly as when you turn the light on and off in an aquarium. Time passes slowly. Paranoia and desperation set in until the two men decide join battle. Archery, knife-throwing, cans of beers and a dancer in flames are central elements in the performance.
The result is a formidable and inspiring display of body theatre supported by a brilliant sense of pictures, timing, a wide range of dance techniques, exciting folk music played on accordion and a lovely black, wired and crazy sense of humour. Definitely worth seeing …
Henrik Lyding on Propaganda, Jyllandsposten, 11 May, 2005.
Mute Comp. Physical Theatre is selected to present excerpts from earlier performances at P@rt – the first international showcase for Danish performing arts. The company subsequently receives lots of invitations from abroad to participate in festivals.
In November Mute Comp. performs CATERPILLAR at Dansescenen.
CATERPILLAR is a performance about killing time when the world is dead, inspired by Hiroshima, Beslan and Phuket. Five people survive a disaster, but they do not know what has happened. There was no warning… nothing. Everything and everybody is gone, and in the ruins they try to communicate and lick their wounds. CATERPILLAR is about people under extreme conditions, about fighting for life and reaching for other people.
With live music, zither playing, a rubber dinghy in a sea of asphalt, a wire you can stick to, a Philippine children’s song and river dance on new year´s speed!
Caterpillar kills time so originally that the performance entitles Mute Comp to be placed among that handful of Danish scene groups, which is also in great demand internationally. For Ravnhöj and Stage really can express the fear of the world as it is right now and as words can hardly tell: Nuanced, non-judgmental and sincere.
Anne Middelboe Christensen on ”Caterpillar”, Information, 28th November, 2006.
Mute Comp. Physical Theatre’s DEATH AND THE MAIDEN is nominated for a REUMERT as BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR.
Kasper Ravnhøj and Jacob Stage are selected as Artists in Residence at Dansescenen in the theatre season 2005/2006.
In May Mute Comp. performs BRIGHT LIGHTS at Dansescenen.
I´m a chicken with the head cut off this line now now. I´m just not right she said I think she said turn right now. (Text: Kasper Ravnhøj).
BRIGHT LIGHTS is a performance about loss. A crowded forest of spruces creeps into the living room and under your skin. It snows inside and outside. Bright Lights is a melancholy story with also humour, an English mime artist, man-power dance, a dancing accordion and an unlucky Ninja!
(...) Mute Comp. is one of modern Danish dance's most inspiring, creative and talented young companies with a good grasp of the latest forms of dance, mime, juggling, text and theatre. Mute Comp. is something as rare as an audacious company of louts that dares to do and does it. It is just tremendous.
Majbrit Hjelmsbo on Bright Lights, Weekendavisen, 5 May, 2005.
Mute Comp. tours in Syria in connection with the Bosra International Dance Festival.
BRIGHT LIGHTS is staged at the old Roman amphitheatre for an audience of about 12.000 people. During the same tour Mute Comp. also performs in the desert village Palmyrra and the Syrian capital of Damaskus.
Jacob Stage receives a scholarship from the Danish Arts Foundation (Statens Kunstfonds Arbejdslegat) and participates in the dance movie festival Dance for Camera in Brighton.
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
In May Mute Comp. performs DEATH AND THE MAIDEN at Kanonhallen.
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN is a political performance based on Ariel Dorfmann’s world famous script. A story about lies, diplomacy, justice and torture – and the meeting between a victim of torture and an executioner. Brutal, virtuoso – spiced with black humour.
What we experience is a constant contrast and refreshingly different challenge to a well-known story in the perhaps wildest dance performance of the theatre season.
Henrik Lyding on Death and the Maiden, Jyllandsposten, 8 May, 2004.
Jacob Stage directs and choreographs the dance movie Bliss.
In January – in connection with Dansolution 2 – the winners at Dansescenen – Mute Comp. Physical Theatre presents the performance IF WISHES WERE KISSES – a poetic physical performance about an elderly man who returns to a deserted hotel that brings back memories.
IF WISHES WERE KISSES is a tribute to the American born dancer and choreographer Ralph Grant who, for many years, danced in all the great companies in both the USA and Europe. For a longer period of time, he taught and choreographed in Denmark. If wishes were kisses is based on his time at Pina Bausch – one of the pioneers within the dance theatre and the genre Austrucktanz.
… a work both meaningful and entertaining…
Vibeke Wern on If wishes were kisses, Berlingske Tidende, 16 January, 2003.
Kasper Ravnhøj and Jacob Stage each receive a Choreography Scholarship from The Danish Actors Association (Dansk Skuespiller Forbunds Koreograflegat).
Mute Comp. choreographs for the play Laser og Pjalter at Betty Nansen Theatre.
Waterloop is staged in connection with Dansescenen’s 10th anniversary and at the "Festival de la nouvelle danse d'Uzés" in France. Mute Comp. organizes as an association and sets up an office at the Kaleidoskop Huset.
Again Mute Comp. participates in Dansescenen’s competition Dansolution – now with the performance WATERLOOP. The performance is voted “Favourite of the Audience”.
WATERLOOP is a surreal story about how it is to suddenly experience a fata morgana in your own living room. A strange wet man visits another man in his home. With poetic pictures, humour, physical theatre and a Coca Cola with an attitude the two men fight throughout a touching story.
Kasper Ravnhøj receives REUMERT’s TALENT PRIZE (Reumerts Talentpris).
Mute Comp. Physical Theatre is selected to participate in the festival Junge Hunde and performs NOWWHERE CAFÉ in Kanonhallen in June. The performance becomes one out of five performances which Kanonhallen chooses to offer for international sale.
NOWWHERE CAFÉ is about Nothing and Everything, but mostly about two men who do not know where they are in their lives. NOWWHERE CAFÉ participates in Dansolution – a competition for choreographers at Dansescenen.
Mute Comp. Physical Theatre debuts in May with the performance GALEFYRSTEN in Terra Nova Live Art Room. The performance is restaged in the autumn as a result of overwhelming audience interest.
GALEFYRSTEN is based on Elgard Jonsson’s autobiographical book about the boy Elgard, who is admitted to psychiatric care. Here he is seen simply as a case, but after seven years of incarceration, the trainee Barbro Sandin emerges; he sees the human being in Elgard, cures him and paves the way for Elgard so that he gets the opportunity to become a therapist at the very hospital where he was held for seven years.
Photo by Jacob Stage.