Janne-Camilla Lyster: Yellow Purple Green

SATURDAY 19.9.2015 at 17:00
Mad House Helsinki, Tiivistämö


A solo adaptation by Janne-Camilla Lyster based on a new choreographic script written by renowned Norwegian author Hanne Ørstavik.


If it is possible to create dance to a piece of music, why not to a piece of literature? In her new solo work, Yellow Purple Green, Janne-Camilla Lyster sets this sensory shift in motion with her adaptation of Hanne Ørstavik’s choreographic script of the same title.

This script functions as a score, which the dancer translates into choreography through physical imagination. Yet the script and the choreography are independent, parallel works; the text gives a literary and choreographic experience through reading and the choreography can be seen without knowledge of the script. The shift from one medium to another creates an expanded frame of reflection and experience.

What instigates a dancer to move? What does a danced text look like?

Yellow Purple Green is a stringent yet sensual work, forming a simple and precise emotional architecture, creating, layer by layer, a detail-rich and spacious structure. It is a journey with rapid turns and prolonged moments.

The field of contemporary dance has seen interest in the use of writing as part of choreographic process increase in recent years. One example is the use of scores which combine graphic nation and text based instruction, succeeding the experimental New York School of the 1950s. In extension of this practice, and through her own work on scores, including her work with American choreographer Deborah Hay, Lyster has developed choreographic “scripts”—literary texts written to generate choreography.

Where scores often convey a concept or an idea using instructions and guidelines, Janne-Camilla Lyster seeks to undertake choreographic scripts as a literary genre, to develop a language that lies closer to the dancer: text that generates movement by addressing the complexity of the dancer’s body and presence. The script becomes the textual counterpart to the performance on stage, a friction surface in the choreographic process.

Supported by Arts Council Norway. Co-produced by Programmet for kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid and Kunstnernes Hus.


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Photo: Marie Sjøvold


Triple bill:
Olga Sorokina & Elena Degracheva: The Variable Sense Pole (awaiting for a New Beauty)
Janne-Camilla Lyster: Yellow Purple Green
Sonya Lindfors & Anniina Jääskeläinen: Swag Lessons – selected parts