lowlands (FL) explores and meditates over memory and homelands through the prism of a research trip to Daytona Beach, Florida, where Iver Findlay grew up from ages 1 to 17. Exploring the repulsive and alluring nature of Daytona (or Florida, or the USA) , and working with physical displacements and geographic dislocation, the performance unfolds as a cinematic-concert-choreographic experience, which breathes and burns the place and landscape into the body, as well as the soul.
Functioning as a visual concert with its energy directed towards and through a choreographic center, it is set amongst an overwhelming representational depiction of a place which moves towards abstraction, attempting to put the landscape in the body. The body of the performers, of the movement, of the viewer, of the music, of our collective shared moments and soul. The work has been occupied with several dichotomies here: the sublime and nature vs. the grotesque and repulsive. Or repulsion and attraction. Disgusting and seductive. Florida, America, memories, history, ancestry and on and on. Something that starts off tasting so very good, but some how turns to the taste of shit the more you chew it.
‘Daytona Beach Forever!’
By and with: Marit Sandsmark and Iver Findlay with Pål Asle Pettersen, Chris Brokaw, Nils Erga. Jon Refsdal Moe, Peter Warren.
Rehearsal and research partners: Yukiko Shinozaki, Bahar Temiz, Brendan Dougherty, Guro Aae, Sander L. Haga. Co-produced by: Bit Teatergarasgen-Bergen and Black Box teater-Oslo. Supported by: Norsk Kulturråd, Stavanger Kommune, Rogaland Fylkeskommune, and apap-Performing Europe 2020- a project co-founded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.