Hut #6: MiniBo

In October 2011, as part of the CODA Oslo International Dance Festival, composer-vocalist Kristin Norderval and choreographer and multi-media artist Jill Sigman, together with percussionist Amund Sveen, occupied the Norwegian Opera House foyer with a durational performance-installation that mixed dance, music, and visuals, and included a living plant system by guest artist Vigdis Storsveen. Their performance squat revolved around Hut #6, a temporary structure that Sigman built from found and re-purposed materials collected in the opera house and the surrounding area. Through activities like dancing, planting, and serving tea, they explored the concept of being ‘at home’ and asked what home will be like when we have less energy and more trash.

The sound system and sound installations for Hut #6: MiniBo were run on renewable energy: hand-crank generated power and batteries charged from solar panels and a wind turbine that the artists installed on the terrace of the opera house. The music for Hut #6: MiniBo consisted of a series of structured improvisations that were different each day and depended on careful listening to the space and to the public. The building phase of Hut #6: MiniBo was open to the public. When the structure was completed it functioned as a site for performance, discussion, video, workshops, and micro-agriculture. The performances, like the building, utilized re-purposed artistic material from the Opera house.

Hut #6: MiniBo is a continuation of past collaborations between Jill Sigman and Kristin Norderval focusing on portable performance and sustainable energy, work which includes site specific performances in Mexico, and the mobile performance Our Lady Of Detritus built around an interactive performance score and a solar powered cargo trike. Hut #6: MinBo is also part of Jill Sigman's larger series The Hut Project, a series of site-specific huts made from found and re-purposed materials. Each hut is at the same time a structure, a sculpture, and an emergency preparedness kit in which themes of sustainability, shelter, real estate, and apocalypse intersect.

Jill Sigman is a choreographer and multimedia artist based in NYC. Trained in classical dance at the Joffrey Ballet, her work has come to exist at the intersection of dance, theater, and visual art. Equally at home on a proscenium stage as she is crawling in the dirt or dancing in a tree, Sigman uses the body to raise questions about self and society. Hut #6 is part of her ongoing Hut Project, a series of site-specific huts raising questions about sustainability and real estate. She founded jill sigman/thinkdance in 1998.

Kristin Norderval is a composer and singer who specializes in developing new works for voice, small scale opera, cross-disciplinary work, and works with interactive technology. Commissions have included works for Den Anden Opera in Copenhagen, the Bucharest International Dance Festival, and the Parthenia Viol Consort. Norderval’s credits as a soloist include performances with the Oslo Sinfonietta, Philip Glass Ensemble, Netherlands Dance Theater, and the San Francisco Symphony. Recordings are available on Aurora, CRI, Deep Listening, Eurydice, New World, Nonesuch and Koch International.

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