Gnossienne

Man vs Machine

Gnossienne is a performance featuring dancer Aurora Itland. Through the intimate meeting between dancer and pianist, partly choregraphed, partly improvised, it aims to remind us of where true fulfillment and happiness lies. Seeking inspiration in the ancient gnostic ideas of fulfilment, through abandonment of materialism, in favour of knowledge about the spiritual and soulful dimensions of being a human being, this performance tells a story of how easy it is to loose track of the true beauty of life itself, in a world that constantly scatters our focus and keeps repeating to us, that our value is solely dependent on measurable performance, attributes and the things we surround ourselves with.

Gnossienne was premiered in April of 2019.

This concert program, featuring euphonium player Bente Illevold, discusses the relationship between human and machine. With works by Bach, Grieg, Sarasate, Shostakovitch and Kevin Day, the program highlights different perspectives and gives an historical overview to the theme. Kevin Days' Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble concludes the program, leaving the listener with philosophical questions of our current time like what is human identity? Can a machine have human feelings? What is the importance of an unique human expression, in art or in life and will we be able to have a free and independant voice in a world where everything is replacable and reproducable?

Man vs Machine is premiering in the spring of 2021.

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent"

Victor Hugo

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