PROJECTS

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FUTURENORDIC

  Duration: 60’

  Status: In progress - premiere fall 2021.

  Description: At a time when major societal and economic crises are increasingly setting the     global agenda, there is a need to strengthen democratic and transnational institutions and
  discourses. The climate crisis, the Corona and rising global social and economic inequality
  are examples of great challenges that require action locally and globally. We are convinced
  that the Nordic approach to cooperation, equality and democracy, contains significant
  answers to how we as a global community can handle these crises. FUTURENORDIC aims
  to help sharpen the understanding of the Nordic through an artistic process that both works
  concretely with the participants' own experiences and expresses them abstractly and
  artistically.

  CRAS ensemble will develop a different concert experience with music from six young
  Nordic women composers. Through a series of workshops in the winter of 2020 and the
  spring of 2021, the ensemble will in close collaboration with the composer's work artistically,
  technically and conceptually with a concert experience planned to tour in the six Nordic
  countries from autumn 2021. The final work will be the result of an artistic dialogue between
  the actors who examine our common Nordic future, experienced through the guitar, our
  artistic practice and our own identity.

  Timeline: 
 
Workshops: January & September 2021.
  
Performances: Fall 2021 and all of 2022 in the Nordic countries.

  Collaborators:
 
Composers Pernille Sejlund (DK), Ylva Lund Bergner (SE), Anna Katrin     
Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð (FO), Kristin Bolstad (NO), Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (IS), 
Maija Hynninen (FIN). 
  Norobo Project Management (administration), Louise Beck (curator).

RUDY 
 Duration: 45’
 Status: In progress - premiere June 16, 2022
  Description: Celebrating 100 years of James Joyce's iconic novel "Ulysses",
CRAS stages a mini-ballet that uses the optical illusion "Pepper's Ghost" 
to bring the deceased son of protagonist, Leopold Bloom, back to life and
appear on top of the guitars in the shape of a 20 centimetre hologram. 

  Collaborators: Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki (composer), Hearmyeyes Production     
  Company, Black Box Theatre & Dance, The Danish James Joyce Association.

OUT OF THE CAGE
  Duration: 45’
  Status: First performed: September 14, 2020
  Description: A performance that deals with the topic of online bullying amongst teenagers.

  A multifaceted artistic expression is created by combining music, dance and pre-recorded        voices of more than 60 pupils from Danish public schools telling their stories in interviews        conducted by members of CRAS.

  Collaborators: Pupils from Holluf Pile skole, Pedersborg skole, Køge Gymnasium,
Lykke Møller Kristensen (author and social media expert), Aske Knudsen (hiphop-producer),   
Clara Wärme (dancer).

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  Video

IN OUR TIME

  Duration: Infinite
  Status: Chapter 1 first performed: January 30, 2020

                Chapter 2 first performed: August 6, 2020
  Description: Inspired by the iconic Doomsday Clock, “In Our Time” is a potentially endless   
piece of music initiated by global events such as international security, climate change and   
the threat from nuclear weapons.  
  Every time the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists sets the Doomsday Clock, a new musical 
“chapter” will be added to this ongoing creative process. Over time different composers from
every part of the world will contribute to “In Our Time”, each one taking over where the
previous one ended, so that ultimately we’ll have one long, uninterrupted piece of music that
goes on forever. 
 
Chapter One (2 minutes to midnight)  took its starting point at the birth-place of the atomic
bomb: New Mexico, USA.

  Collaborators: José Luis Hurtado (composer and Assistant Professor of Theory and
Composition at the University of New Mexico), Ejbybunkeren (Cold War facility in   
Copenhagen), Carina Ann Meyn (Assistant Professor at the Royal Danish Defense College).

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Chapter Two (100 seconds to midnight) was premiered on Hiroshima Day 2020, and
  featured the first ever screening of a film created especially for this event, as well as the     
launching of a petition aiming to make the Danish Parlaiment sign the UN Treaty on the
Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

  Collaborators: Ruta Vitkauskaite (composer), Benjamin Henriksen (film maker),
The Cinematheque,
"BAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS" (Danish Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, NOAH,
Copenhagen Peace Watch, The Danish Ministry of Peace).

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SIX SENSES SUITE

  Duration: 25’

  Status: First performed: October 10, 2019

  Description: A musical interpretation of the five traditionally recognized senses and the  
  mysterious sixth one. 

  Collaborators: Composers Christos Farmakis (hearing), Ivan Olsen (sight), Hugi
  Gudmundsson (smell), John Frandsen (taste), Jeppe Just (touch), Peter Bruun (6th sense).

  Video

MACHINERY
  Duration: 8’30
  Status: First performed: April 18, 2018
  Description: A performance which puts the increasing amount of machines in our society  
  into perspective through the motions of the human body – which itself is a kind of machine.
  Collaborator: Ida Langkilde (new-circus artist).
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