People/Lots of People

People have an inlaid feeling that they have the ability to predict the future, or if they see patterns they have a built in feeling that they’re meaningful, and a built in feeling that they can control things. – Leonard Mlodinow


People initiated from the interview That’s so random! with Leonard Mlodinow. The interview describes how people naturally want to give meaning to what they see. Put together with a structure inspired by Rudolf Laban’s A-scale it has resulted in a confusing, hypnotizing, bizarre and occasionally frantic piece where the dancers persistently explore patterns in and around the space. People premiered at Ravnedans in 2013 as an 8 minute piece, which gre to 14 minutes and has since then been performed in 30 different locations amongst other Dansens Hus in Oslo(click link to see video).

Summer 2017 the piece grew up to be a full evening site specific performance with no less than 18 performers, hence the new title: Lots of People. LoP premiered on the 8th of July then became a double bill with Ingri Fiksdal’s Shadows of tomorrow on Sunday 9th of July. Co-produced by Ravnedans, supported by the Norwegian Art Council and Cultiva Express.

Choreography and sound: Ingvild Isaksen
Scenography: Ida Grimsgaard
Performers and co-creators: Elisa Vassena, Masako Matsushita, Maren Fidje Bjørneseth, Julie Rasmussen, Alessandra Ruggeri, Hilde I Sandvold, Mikael Rønne, Ida Haugen, Ingvild Mæhle, Katja Henriksen Schia, Julie Moviken, Irene Vesterhus Theisen , Birgitte Lundtoft, Sigrid Marie Kittelsaa Vesaas, Iselin Borgan, Vilde Sagstad Imeland, Dina Jaroussac Moen, Tuva Selmer-Olsen, Timothy Bartlett
Singer: Elin Røsok Richardsen

Sound score: Excerpts from the interview ‘That’s So Random!’- found at , ‘Vouge’-Madonna, ‘Baywatch theme’-David Hasslehoff, ‘Sound of silence’-Simon and Garfunkle, ‘First we take Manhattan’-Leonard Cohen, ‘No limits’-2Unlimited, ‘Jump’-Kriss Kross, ‘Mambo no.5’-Lou Bega, ‘I will always love you’- Whitney Houston all edited by Ingvild Isaksen.

Diana Damian Martin has mentioned Lots of People in this text about Ravnedans for Exeunt Magazine:

Below: Pictures from previous performances of People