PS 122 to Present New York Premiere of Verdensteatret's 'Louder' Starting 9/25

Performance Space 122 will present the New York Premiere of Verdensteatret's Louder from September 25th-29th

A telling orchestra is rigged on a rusty wire and a machine, so fragile that it is in constant danger of short-circuiting, throws a tidal wave of pictures and sounds at us.  Among a pile of megaphones that hurl sound in all directions and a knot of wires so stretched that they may break at any moment, we glimpse people.  People try to interact with this landscape, tugging at strings that are everywhere in the room.  The strings hanging from the ceiling form the stage for a mass of figures.  A mechanical puppet play takes place here, over the heads of the human figures.  Louder is a storytelling orchestra that narrates a multitude of tales through sound and images.  Tales from a distant past, tales from our time, about wars, river, the theatre, the nation, music, nature, technology, the journey and about exile.  In the midst of this throng, we find a heart of darkness - a long, black barge on the open sea, radiating coldness and stories.

Combining robotics, video, sound, music, shadow play, object theatre, and new technology, Norway's Bessie-award winning performance collective conjures an intense and other-worldly voyage through the Mekong delta.  Reason ends as the spectator is engulfed by a vast and visual soundscape, encountering cycles of transformation and the layering of tales from the past and present.

Verdensteatret is one of the most innovative and experimental companies in Norway.  Their experimental use of audiovisual technology in a close dialogue with more traditional and historic tools of artistic expression results in complex orchestral works and space-related musical compositions.  They received the Bessie Award 2006 in New York for Concert for Greenland in the category Performance, Installation, and New Media which made its U.S. premiere at P.S. 122.

Verdensteatret is supported by Arts Council Norway and the Consul General of Norway.

More about Performance Space 122

Performance Space 122 is New York's ultimate destination for cutting-edge theatre, dance, music, live art and cross-media.  Founded in 1979, Performance Space 122 is dedicated to supporting and presenting artists whose work challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theatre, music, and performance.  Committed to exploring innovative form as well as material, P.S. 122 is steadfast in its search for pioneering artists from a diversity of cultures and points of view.

Louder runs Thursday, September 25 – Sunday, September 28 on the following schedule:  Thursday – Saturday at 8:00pm/Sunday at 6:00pm.  Tickets from $25, $15 (students/seniors), $10 (P.S. 122 members).  Tickets may be purchased online at or via phone at (212) 352-3101.  Performance Space 122 is located at 150 First Avenue at East 9th Street, New York, New York 10009.

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