Date: 23.09.2014
Location: KATMETAL Srl, Frangarto

Ensemble Adapter

Kristjana Helgadóttir> flute
Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson> clarinet
Andreas Voss > violoncello
Soojin Anjou > piano
Matthias Engler > drums

Filippo Andreatta > performer

Davið Brynjar Franzson> composition and electronics

Davyde Wachell > stage direction and video

Hrefna Hörn Leifsdóttir > assistance

Halldór Úlfarsson > stage set

Angela Rawlings > text

Filmed by Max Valenti (Visual Communication Project) with Panasonic GH3 and GoPro Hero3.

Longitude is an exploration of the contradictory identities Hero/Traitor/Colonizer/Liberator - that an individual occupies when his actions are viewed from different ideological perspectives. It explores how the breach between internal and societal ethics cause dissonance between these perceived identities, and how languages/taxonomies create conflicting identities that name what is seen and felt in a process of colonization.
Described by the Los Angeles Times as sonically imaginative ... colonial and landscape driven ... part installation, all mood, longitude discards preconceived notions of the theater, immersing the audience inside the piece as it unfolds. A narrative slowly emerges as sounds, actions and images territorialize the space in-between and around the audience.
The overall feel of the piece is part installation and part stage-work. The music, staging, video and lighting all go together to communicate the subject matter of the opera rather than relying on traditional theatrical or text-based means. Rather than present the topic as a historic essay, colonization and ideological failure are explored as process, action and physical material.
During the height of the Napoleonic Wars, the royal Danish watchmaker gave his son - Jorgen Jorgensen - a ship to fight the English
At first opportunity, the son - a devoted anglophile - surrendered to the English.
Under house arrest in London, he convinced an English merchant to break the Danish trade monopoly on its colony Iceland.
On arrival in Reykjavik - discovering mass starvation from the trade monopoly - he captured the Danish governor and declared himself protector of the island. His reign lasted 40 days.


1809. L’avventuriero danese Jørgen Jørgensen approda in Islanda e la dichiara indipendente dalla Danimarca, autoproclamandosi governatore. Combattente indipendentista, ma anche scrittore e prolifico saggista: le gesta di Jørgen Jørgensen, una vita passata nei mari del nord Europa, rivivono grazie all’opera di teatro musicale composta da Davíð Brynjar Franzson - uno degli artisti islandesi più interessanti nel panorama internazionale - e interpretata dall’ensemble tedesco-islandese Adapter. Luci e ombre di una vita nel segno della temerarietà sono rievocati in prima italiana con parole, videoproiezioni e brani musicali eseguiti con strumentazione inusuale.


1809. Der dänische Abenteurer Jørgen Jørgensen landet auf Island und erklärt dessen Unabhängigkeit von Dänemark und ernennt sich selbst zum Gouverneur. Unabhängigkeitskämpfer, aber auch Schriftsteller und Essayist: Die Heldentaten von Jørgen Jørgensen, das Leben in den Nordmeeren vor vielen Jahren wird durch dieses Musiktheater wiederbelebt. Mit der Musik von Davíð Brynjar Franzson – einem der interessantesten Künstler Islands und interpretiert vom deutsch-isländischen Ensemble Adapter. Licht und Schatten einer verwegenen Epoche werden zu neuem Leben erweckt.

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Transart is a contemporary culture festival located in Trentino/Alto-Adige (Italy) that offers to a curious and open audience music projects and contemporary art at atypical sites, within the range of experimentation joint to quality. The festival was…

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Transart is a contemporary culture festival located in Trentino/Alto-Adige (Italy) that offers to a curious and open audience music projects and contemporary art at atypical sites, within the range of experimentation joint to quality. The festival was born with a strong multi-disciplinary and multimedia character and has developed through a net of international work and thanks to a rich platform of sponsorships. The first edition of Transart took place in September 2001, entirely set in the new industrial area of Bolzano, from a bus garage to a metallurgical industry, from a space deputed to the rental of building machinery up to the spectacular glassed court of a business-center. The second edition of the festival – September 2002 – widened its field of intervention by its new structure with various settings dislocated on all the territory of Trentino and South Tyrol. Involved were therefore, besides the town of Bolzano - still nowadays the heart of the festival, Bressanone, Fortezza, Borgo Valsugana and Mezzocorona. That is how Transart runs, from north to south, along the axis of the Brenner transit with innovative music/artistic projects within the aim of creating an inter-regional and trans-border contemporary culture platform. In the following years the festival has continued within the same itinerant character in the entire region, up to reach today a line that goes from Innsbruck to Rovereto. The audience at the shows is seated, without expecting any particular comfort, in the midst of industrial spaces where the strong smell of steel or of mechanic oil is breathed, and the presence of the work of man is perceived: our intention is to involve the audience into a new emotional discovery of the most important and innovative contemporary culture projects installed in spaces that can enhance their experimental character. Every year the innovative character of the festival is reconfirmed again through the exclusive offer of new specifically created productions that see the partaking of artists coming from an international background, thanks also to the net of collaborations with the local organizations and to the by now consolidated collaborations with renown festivals in Europe.
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