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Art performance, Concert

Marie Kølbæk Iversen  and Katinka Fogh Vindelev: Moonologue

Marie Kølbæk Iversen and Katinka Fogh Vindelev: Moonologue

Moonologue is a new opera produced in collaboration between composer Katinka Fogh Vindelev and visual artist Marie Kølbæk Iversen. The opera will be performed by countertenor Morten Grove Frandsen and soprano Katinka Fogh Vindelev at KHiO on January 21st – the first full moon of 2019.

About Moonologue

The opera is an independent continuation of Kølbæk Iversen's long-term art project Io/I forming part of her artistic research project "Neo-worlds: the transformative potentialities of fright" at KHiO.

In the opera's libretto, written by Kølbæk Iversen, the diverging identities of Io is explored: Io is Jupiter's inner-most moon, which was discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei, but she is also the Greek-Roman mythological priestess after whom the moon is named. Through Galileo's Italian ('io' is the Italian word for 'I') the different manifestations of Io are synthesized into a composite Self; a Self thus also encompassing Galileo as well as the artists – the audience even; a Self which speaks through the Moonologue.

In her composition of Kølbæk Iversen's text, Fogh Vindelev takes as her starting point this blurring of identities, which she reflects in the two voices – a male and a female voice, a countertenor and a soprano (sung by Morten Grove Frandsen and Fogh Vindelev herself) – that intersect and diffuse each other beyond the singers' cultural and biological genders. The composition shifts between recitative and abstract parts together reflecting the hybridizing, supernatural, and mythic elements of the text.

The opera premiered at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk, DK) at full moon on November 23, 2018, as part of "The Moon", with the large-scale video installation Io/I. On this occasion, the opera was released as a limited vinyl edition by Antipyrine Records. The project is realized with the kind support from Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Novo Nordisk Foundation, and the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. The exhibition "The Moon" will be shown at Henie Onstad from February, 2019.

About the artists

Marie Kølbæk Iversen : PhD fellow in artistic practice at the Academy of Fine Art at Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Aarhus University since 2017. Visual Artist MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2018. In 2018 part of "The Moon" at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art with the large-scale video installation Io/I. In 2017 recipient of ARKEN's travel grant as well as the NARP- and Novo Nordisk Foundation Mads Øvlisen-grants with special mention. In 2016 participant in the 11th Gwangju Biennial "The Eight Climate (What Does Art Do?)" and artist-in-residency at Pivô in São Paulo, Brazil. Represented by Gether Contemporary.

Katinka Fogh Vindelev: Post-graduate in classical singing the Danish National Academy of Music since 2018 and MA in electro-coustic composition and Sound art in 2017. BA in Classical singing from The Royal Academy of Music in 2012. Since 2012, lead singer and composer in the sound collective/quartet We like We. Pianist and singer on Efterklang's world tour (2012-14); soloist at the Odense Symphonic Orchestra's premiere of Karsten Fundal's Liquid Rooms (2014); playing the role of Young Isolde in Sort/Hvid's thriller opera LEAVES (2015).