Janne-Camilla Lyster/Solveig Styve Holte

Two solo dance works inspired by choreography from the Noa Eshkol Archives

Sunday, 18 September, at 12:00
110–180 kr

A system for Dance

Janne-Camilla Lyster: Time and Solitude (2022)
Solveig Styve Holte: Undying – A Handwork (2022)

Dance, said the Israeli choreographer Noa Eshkol (1924-2007), is a basic human need, as much as painting, playing music or making love. Janne-Camilla Lyster and Solveig Styve Holte have created two solo dance pieces that will be performed in Salongen at the National Museum, inspired by Eshkol’s life and work. She was a pioneer in dance, choreography, movement research, notation and visual arts. As well as founding her own dance group, she developed a written language for movement (Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation) in 1968. It allowed for a minimalist dance form, and can be seen as a visual or physical music, where each body part can be compared to an instrument in an orchestra.

In Undying – A Handwork, Solveig Styve Holte takes as her starting point Noa Eshkol’s tapestries, first created as a protest against the October War in 1973. Eshkol said ‘There were no rules, no theory - just passion’. The solo can be read as a low-key pacifist work; about resilience, and about slowly returning to life.

Janne-Camilla Lyster’s Time and Solitude is based on Eshkol's dance suite Angles and Angels from 1990 – characterised by the meeting between the emotional and the mathematical, with complex geometric floor patterns, and time as a slow and unpredictable conductor. The solo offers a space for contemplation and insight across time and place.

The solos can be seen as objects of movement, made for the museum and gallery space; stripped of scenic effects, and where the moment gets to unfold here and now in a meeting with the audience.

Janne-Camilla Lyster. Photo: Antero Hein

Developed in collaboration with

The Oslo Art Association and Norrköping Diet Museum in connection with the retrospective exhibition Theory, Rules and Passion

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