Tractor – New Nordic Rituals

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Photo: Rico Feldfoss

A TRACTOR decorated with gold and diamonds captures the sun and raises a rainbow of magical realism as it’s cruising through the landscape, digging up stories of the rich soil. The stories told by the locals are transformed into music, performing arts and nightly performances.

Inspired by the philosopher Bakhtin’s idea of the carnival – the party of the people – we are in the process of creating the performance TRACTOR – New Nordic Rituals. It’s an unusual music theatre performance without comparison to any other experience: Nordic darkness and grotesque trolls. A lady cut in half and brightly shining space fairies liberating your mind with their spherical songs; circus princesses swinging high up under the ceiling creating poetic shadows on the wall. TRACTOR is the circus that drove by your front door just before … It’s fiction built on your own stories and dreams; it doesn’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before.

TRAKTOR WORKSHOPS IN DENMARK AND LATVIA
& HITCHHIKING ON ICELAND

From May 2019 the artist Tine Louise Kortermand will drive around in Denmark with a gold and diamond plated tractor. Along the way she visits 14 very different families, homes and places and collects stories from people. Also she collect stories from Latvia and at the same time, the Icelandic Maria Lilja Thrastardottir raises her thumb and collects stories from people up in the high north. All these different stories that people tell Tine Louise and Maria Lilja are transformed into the actual theatre performance, TRAKTOR – premiered early summer 2020.

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COME AND JOIN A TRACTOR WORKSHOP NEARBY YOU: (Updated regulary)

TRAKTORWORKSHOP #01
Culture Day – Polymeren, Stationsvej 69, 5792 Årslev
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 12.30

TRAKTORWORKSHOP #02
Håstrup Festival, 5600 Fåborg
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Haastival.dk. See more >>

TRAKTORWORKSHOP #03

Riga Performance Festival. Latvia
Wednesday June 12, 2019
See more >>

The TRACTOR arrives at your house, community or local festival.
Behind the tractor is a music cabinet. Inside the cabinet, there is a lady cut in two pieces. She sings about being different. Jumping out of the cabinet she invites people to meet around the coffee table. While cutting, gluing and making masks they all tell their own story. It’s time to join the carnival …

Maybe you were one of those who donated to crowdfunding the tractor?
Thanks to you and the funds (which you can see at the bottom) we are ready to get started. We have found the perfect old tractor. A Fordson Dexta from 1962. Follow us on the TRACTOR Channel when it’s repaired, and pimped with gold and diamonds …

EXPERIENCE THE ART FROM THE INSIDE &
FOLLOW US ON THE TRACTOR CHANNEL
WHEN WE GO ON TOUR WITH THE TRACTOR …

We make our own TRACTOR channel (a newsletter), which tells about marvellous art, the thoughts behind it, audio from our production, meetings with the locals and their thoughts about art (from Caroline 4 years old to Else at 90). We regularly post short videos, photos and small delicious visual stories on FB and Instagram.

Join our group and keep updated on how the performance is created.
And you will know when the tractor comes to a place near by you:

FB-KANAL https://www.facebook.com/nordicperformanceart

Here is a short video presenting the five artists, which for a year contributes to the creation of the TRACTOR performance

TRACTOR ­– NEW NORDIC RITUALS
A performance co-created by 5 Nordic artists from Denmark, Iceland and Sweden.
The stage is torn down and the music forms appear among the audience. Inspired by ancient Nordic rituals such as shamanic-, harvest-, carnival- and church rituals, the audience is involved in funny games. The audience will walk around in the scenography between the musicians and an installation of paper garlands, which creates shadow on the walls between broken Shrovetide barrels and colourful confetti.

Foto: Rico Feldfoss

THE THEME OF CARNIVAL – transformation & new identity
In the carnival it is appreciated to be different. When we put on a mask in the carnival’s humorous universe, we lower our barriers. We can reinvent ourselves. When we wear a mask, we can be exactly the one we want to be; the new world citizen. TRAKTOR is a theatre performance that focuses on diversity and coexistence.

The Russian philosopher Bakhtin writes:
“The carnival is a spiritual place where there is room for the ideal world. The carnival is the second life of the people: for a short time the people enter into the realm of the community, freedom, equality and abundance. The carnival can turn the world upside down and act as a valve. The symbols of the carnival language are filled with the pathos of change and renewal. By dressing up as a monarch, for example, one dissolves the rankings and can be reborn into new social relations”.

INSTAGRAM @nordicperformanceart (Følg med under skabelsen af værket & traktorworkshops)

OM KUNSTNERNE

MIRA LEONARD & ESMERALDA NIKOLAJEFF (S)The dynamic trapeze duo … consisting of the 2 young women, Mira Leonard and Esmeralda Nikolajeff recently graduated from DOCH, the University of Dance and Circus. They have created an explosive expression with dusty effects … without fear of falling. Since they were children, they have performed together on the trapeze and created their own personal expression. Their acts are full of craziness, humor, female power and grace. They also appear on the floor with handstand, dance and acrobatics. When they occupy the room, one can expect suspense in the stomach and wildness

Mira & Esmeraldas website
http://miraandesmeralda.se

TINE LOUISE KORTERMAND (DK)
Visual artist, composer and singer Tine Louise Kortermand creates works in a mix between spherical song, lyrical texts and visual surprises. She is a trained video, sound and performance artist from the Academy of Fine Arts and has among other things received H. C. Andersen’s public award and the 3-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation’s Rhythmic Music Committee in 2010. She has also released a record on Darla Records USA and Quince Records in Japan with RUMSKIB and performed with performance, video installation and music both in Denmark and abroad. Latest performances on the Biennale Exchange Rates in NY, where she improvised lullabies to the audience. And at the festival Susax Expo in Croatia in 2018 with the work WEAR ME, which was notified with the words; “When she sings, she turns into a music instrument creature …”. Awarded 6/6 stars in FS ******.

Tine Louise Kortermands Cherry Barrel Box:
http://kortermand.dk/cherries_dk/frameset2.html

MARIA LILJA THRASTARDOTTIR (IS)
Journalist, author and activist Maria Lilja Thrastardottir founded “Slut Walk” in Iceland – a movement against sexual violence. “Slut Walk” has grown into one of Reykjavik’s biggest events. For the past six years, she has mainly worked in the media world as an investigative journalist at Iceland’s largest newspaper Frettabladid. Since then she continued in the broadcast genre and became a television reporter on Islands Kanal 2 News. At the same time she had her own radio program that focused on women in the music. She took a short break from journalism in early 2014 and served as campaign manager for Mr. Dagur B. Eggertsson, who became mayor of Reykjavik. Later that year, she co-founded and edited a music magazine for the Icelandic music scene.Last year she published her first bestseller book in Iceland and has just finished writing the follow-up.

SOFIE CHRISTIANSEN (DK)
Choreographer Sofie Christiansen is educated modern dancer from New York and has worked as a choreographer since 1999. She is the artistic director and founder of sART Dance Theater, which among other things was been nominated for the children’s and young performance Knud Romers ABC in 2017/18. Sofie Christiansen is the choreographer and co-instructor at the TRAKTOR performance.

See more about her previous dance performances here

http://sartdanseteater.dk/

TRACTOR – New Nordic Rituals is supported by
The Danish Arts Foundation – Music Dramatic Committee, The Committee for Visual Arts, the Augustinus Foundation, the Danish Composers’ Association / Koda Culture / with support from KODA Culture, A.P. Møller and Wife Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation, Faaborg-Midtfyn Municipality, Obelske Family Fund, The Danish Arts Foundation’s House Arts Committee, Nordic Culture Fund.
Nordic cooperation between A! Performance Festival (IS), Riga Performance Festival(LV) and Nordic Performance Art (DK).

It’s magic with reflection
It’s surprises
It’s presence
It’s community
It’s body and mind in motion.
It’s senses and feelings
It’s tension with redeeming endings

It’s art that lives in the present…
So that’s why you have to be with us now,
because it won’t come again.