MONTASJAR (constructions) is an interdisciplinary performance that explores the local history of the construction of propellers and gears for large ships in Volda, Norway. In recent times manual labor and art have been separated and placed in different spheres. However, in this piece, the artists attempt to mount them back together by letting images and sounds from the industrial production become part of a performance where music, dance, and film create a dynamic whole, an artistic montage.
The dance and the music are largely improvised, within a set structure of pre-edited films and a set selection of instruments for each section. This means that each performance is unique, as the creation of the piece happens right there and then, in a collaborative artistic conversation between the performers.
The performance is comprised of six different sections, which can be performed either separately or all together as a 1 hour-long performance, or in any other combination of the various sections.
MONTASJAR (constructions), excerpts:
JAN 26, 2022 | PARMA Live Stage – online PREMIERE
SEPT 17, 2021 | FOSNAVÅG KONSERTHUS
SEPT 04, 2021 | ØRSTA KULTURHUS – PREMIERE
JUNE 12, 2021 | Dei nynorske festspela. Work-in-progress performance at Ørsta kulturhus, opening for the concert Koparsongar
MARCH 04, 2021 | Moving Art Festival, Ålesund, work-in-progress outdoor performance.
VIEW THE ENTIRE PERFORMANCE BELOW:
ANDREAS BARTH percussion, drums
GEIR HJORTHOL trumpet, voice
MAGNAR ÅM piano, wine glasses, voice
EINY ÅM SPARKS dance, choreography, video editing
TYLER SPARKS cinematography, visual effects
THANK YOU TO:
Marlene Sparks & Liv Åm for costume assistance
Kirsti Gjørvad & Brunvoll Volda AS for access to the premises and for providing historical photos from the book Framdrift by Svein Aam
Asbjørn Høydal for sharing his knowledge about the Volda Motors
Ingrid Opedal for marketing and promotion assistance
Bjarte Sætre for providing his self made glass harp
Ørnulf Opdahl for providing the sail for projection (Moving, Ålesund)