Rolf Wallin: The Otheroom

Electronic/improv +
Thursday, September 8th
Opening concert: Ultima opens in a whirl with Rolf Wallin, Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki’s restless flow of sound, light and movement.

Rolf Wallin’s opera Elysium, premiered at the beginning of the year at Oslo Opera House, took opera into the realm of science fiction in a futuristic scenario where an advanced race of ‘transhumans’ has eradicated disease and ageing.

For Ultima’s opening concert Wallin has extended Elysium’s world of sound and voice in motion, to create a new work, The Otheroom, filling the Oslo City Hall with a pageant of fluid, non-stop movement. Dancers, musicians, floating black and white helium-filled balloons containing loudspeakers, and even the audience will never stay fixed to one spot. Created in collaboration with Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki/fieldworks, this event is described by the composer as ‘a kind of ritual’.

NB! Free entrance, ticket required (available here).

Composer & concept: Rolf Wallin
Choreography, scenography & concept: Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki
Musicians: Marco Blaauw (double bell trumpet), Christine Chapman (double bell French horn), Bruce Collings (double bell trombone), Melvyn Poore (double bell euphonium)
Performers: Heine Avdal, Michiel Reynaert, Orfee Schuijt, Benjamin Vandewalle
Performed also by: Krisjanis Sants
Assisted by: Kayoko Minami, Ingrid Haakstad
Technical director: Hans Meijer
Technique: Matthieu Virot
Sound technique: Fabrice Moinet, Johann Loiseau
Live electronics programming: Peiman Khosravi
Producers: fieldworks (Brussels, Belgium), Heine Avdal (Oslo, Norway), Ultima Festival (Oslo, Norway)
Co-producers: STUK (Leuven, Belgium)

Supported by: The Norwegian Composers’ fund, Vlaamse Overheid, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, PACT Zollverein (Essen, Germany)


Rolf Wallin: The Otheroom

Oslo rådhus 7:00 PM

Free/ticket required (available at Ticketmaster)
Free entry