New People (2019)
The Vase (2017)
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The Vase came about after Gala studied Medea to play in a work by Wim Vandekeybus. Some time later, Cie.OFEN took on the ancient work of Greek mythology by Euripides while overlaying it with a more recent theatrical play “Purgatorio” by Ariel Dorfman (2008) which presents Medea and Jason’s quest for retribution in the afterlife. As a third reference Cie.OFEN explored their own questions about the topic, with their personal experiences and perspectives on revenge, retribution and forgiveness to bring a three dimensionality to the subject matter. The piece is staged with the performers controlling the lighting and sound onstage, a visual cue to emphasis the illusion of reality in theatre as well as the presence of reality in fiction.
One Final Evolutionary Note (2014)
A study on Charles Darwins seminal work On the Origin of the Species. Cie.OFENs first work; One Final Evolutionary Note, depicts lifeforms existing in duration. From the Big Bang to the thought “I think therefor I am” it is celestial to earthly from peaceful to violent, it explored mutualism, commensalism and parasitism in animal and human nature, researching these in the form of the duet, as well as referencing great duos of Performance Art including Marina Abramovic and Ulay.
One Final Evolutionary Note is a durational piece which has been performed in versions from 15 minutes to 3 hours both in site specific and the theatre context. It premiered at Spring Forward Festival in Umea Sweden as part of Aerowaves.