FINDLAY // SANDSMARK
Findlay//Sandsmark (F//S) is a Norway based performance company working across the disciplines of dance, theater, live music and video art. For the past four years the constellation of Findlay/Sandsmark and Pål Asle Pettersen have created several productions in the borderland between performing arts and installation, bending connections and correlations between disciplines to create live art which resonates from a physical and emotional plane. In that brief time, they have made four large scale performances- now and nowhere else (2010), fractured bones/ let’s get lost (2011/2012), biograph, last year was pretty/shitty (2013/2014), and o’ death (2014/2015), as well as several other shorter pieces/installations.
For each project they invite new collaborators to work with them in an open process based approach, such as: Diane Madden, Eric Dyer, Joey Truman, Victor E. Morales, Ruud van den Akker, Jim Dawson, Young Jean Lee, Claudia La Rocco and Jason Rogenes.
Their work has been presented nationally and internationally, including by PS122 in NYC, Black Box Teater in Oslo, Bit Teatergarasjen in Bergen, Teater Avant Garden in Trondheim, Dansens Hus in Oslo, The Performing Garage in NYC, and most recently at Abrons Arts Center. Their film collaboration with Young Jean Lee, ‘here come the girls’ was part of the Sundance (US), Lacarno (CH) and BAM (US) film festivals. Their current project o’ death will premiere in March at Black Box Teater’s Oslo International Teater Festival, Bit Teatergarasjen in Bergen, and Tou Scene in Stavanger.
In 2015, they will also begin work on 2 new projects:
‘(re)remember study’ is a meditation on nostalgia and memory as it relates to place, and will be developed site relational to each locale. Currently scheduled partners/venues/locales: Another Space/Copenhagen, TouScene/Stavanger, La Esquina/Kansas City and 3 different boroughs in NYC: Queens:Chocolate Factory, Brooklyn:the Invisible Dog, and Manhattan.
‘returner’ is a companion piece to the earlier project ‘fractured bones’ that deals with themes of presence and reappearances in technology and synthetic environs, contrasting the simulated or artificial versus perception of the natural and real. Collaborators on the project include NYC film maker Bill Morrison, Paris based sound artist Gregory Beller, and Frankfurt based set/video designer Philip Bussmann.
Findlay//Sandsmark is supported by Norsk Kulturråd, Stavanger Kommune, Rogaland Fylkeskommune, and FFUK.