Passing Place

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And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore. If you are a brave man you will do nothing; if you are fearful you may do much, for none but cowards have the need to prove their bravery. Some will tell you that you are mad, and nearly all will say, ”What is the use?” For we are a nation of shopkeepers, and no shopkeeper will look at research which does not promise him a financial return within a year. And so you will sledge nearly alone, but those with whom you sledge will not be shopkeepers: that is worth a good deal. If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin’s egg.

Apsley Cherry-Garrard.

The worst journey in the world. 1911

”Passing Place” is a performance and art project evolving around a series of travels which will take place from 2008 - 2011. The first journey takes its point of departure from the old Viking trail, which leads from the West coast of Norway, passing the Orkney Island, aiming to reach the arctic coast of Greenland and Canada. The purpose will be to examine current questions about ownership and modern myths about nationality and identity.

During our travels we will collect and develop performance material. The process will include workshops, meetings with local artists, recording of image and sound, expeditions into nature, visits to research stations and interviews with people engaged in or affected by environmental issues.

The travels and the process will result in a timebased performance involving a group of cross-disciplinary artists of different nationalities. The performance will be premiered at Stamsund International Theatrefestival 1 June 2010 in Norway.

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