Who owns history? What of private history? We meet a broken woman who’s genetic passport has been stamped by multiple ancestors. Following her story back in time and geographical bends we try to find reasons for the mess that stands before us in the present day.
THE BREAKDOWN is a little wooden boat that tries to navigate the stormy seas of a woman’s identity and physiology – where all that she is is also all that her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were. We ask the ultimate question: What the fuck happened?
THE BREAKDOWN is a tribute to both reason and imagination, featuring an actor and a dancer, a table with a stack of old encyclopedias, and enough whiskey to carry the thoughts as far as necessary.
Duration: 60 min, no interval
Premiere: January 2020, The Norwegian Opera and Ballet, Oslo
Performers: Kate Pendry, Vilde Viktoria Madsen
Text: Jo Strømgren, Kate Pendry
Direction, choreography, set design: Jo Strømgren
Costume design: Bregje van Balen
Lighting design: Stephen Rolfe
Sound design: Ola Erik Blæsterdalen
Music: Richard Wagner, Anton Karas, Minassian, Lévon & Friends, Lill Lindfors, Gustav Mahler, Jagger & Richard/Ananda Shankar, Zarah Leander, Carlos Gardél, Alfredo Le Pera, M. Battistella, Aha.
Supported by: Arts Council Norway, Oslo Kommune