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Drawing: Iben Edvardsen
Drawing: Iben Edvardsen

Penelope sleeps – an opera by Mette Edvardsen and Matteo Fargion

Mette Edvardsen er stipendiat på avdeling Dans. Forestillingen Penelope sleeps er del av hennes stipendiatprosjekt og spilles på Black Box Teater i Oslo under Ultima festivalen 13.-14. september.


Kunstenfestivaldesarts & Kaaitheater (Brussels) 10, 11, 12, 14 May 2019 – premiere
Wiener Festwochen (Vienna) 17, 18 May 2019
Stamsund Internasjonale Teaterfestival (Stamsund) 30 May 2019
Almost Summer, BUDA (Kortrijk) 23 June 2019
Ultima & Black Box teater (Oslo) 13, 14 September
Meteor, BIT (Bergen) 17, 18 October 2019

Penelope sleeps
An opera by Mette Edvardsen and Matteo Fargion

Penelope sleeps is an opera in essay form by Mette Edvardsen and Matteo Fargion. The idea for this piece developed out from their first collaboration oslo (2017), a piece by Mette Edvardsen in which Matteo Fargion was invited to write music for a choir. A setting of one long text, the music played an important role in the piece, an anti-choir dispersed amongst the audience and without a conductor. In Penelope sleeps the experimental approach and work with the format of the medium is still in question. The relation between voice and music, space and scale are important, but perhaps rather than alluding to operatic images we think of drawing lines to trace a horizon. Opera as a starting point, a long hidden and shared secret desire to tackle this medium, although perhaps motivated slightly differently for each of them. The text is written in prose form, like an essay. Essay from the French essayer, means to try, to attempt. Opera in Italian means to work, to labour. In this attempt to work a space opens up, bringing the two artists into unknown landscapes while at the same time allowing them to pursue their own artistic paths.

text: Mette Edvardsen
music: Matteo Fargion
performed by Mette Edvardsen, Matteo Fargion and Angela Hicks
light and technical support: Bruno Pocheron
costumes: Anne-Catherine Kunz
subtitling and production support: Cillian O’Neill
production: Mette Edvardsen/Athome, Manyone & Eva Wilsens
co-production: Kaaitheater & Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), BUDA (Kortrijk), Black Box teater (Oslo),
Teaterhuset Avant Garden (Trondheim), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), centre chorégraphique national de Caen in Normandie (France), apap-Performing Europe 2020 – a project co-founded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
residency support: Black Box teater (Oslo), MDT (Stockholm), Kaaitheater (Brussels)
supported by: Norsk Kulturråd, Norwegian Artistic Research Program – Oslo National Academy of the Arts