DROM – A UTOPIC CONCERT INSTALLATION

By on January 3, 2019

DROM is a tribute to the utopian and visionary. The audience is invited to a strange world where their innermost desires raise lives in a gigantic human-like body that lifts, moves and floats in the air. DROM premieres January 11 at Slaktkyrkan in Stockholm, and is also played on January 12 and 13.

Based on Margaret Cavendish’s utopian novel “The Blazing World” from 1666, the world’s first sci-fi novel, DROM invites a floating and dreamy world where the audience moves freely in the room, and comes and goes as they please. Their written desires cause the figure to move and float freely. The inspiration comes from both Frankenstein’s monster and Japanese puppet theater, Bunraku. With the work, the creators want to sharpen their senses and create an encompassing overall experience.

– The audience’s presence creates the reality and the mechanically controlled body is a living proof of human interaction. The basis of the work is the question whether people need utopias, and whether utopias can even be dangerous. An issue that is particularly relevant in our time, which is so strong in need of hope and renewal, says Peder Bjurman, director and screenwriter.

– The big room is permissible and you can choose to stay there for several hours if you want, as constantly new events appear in parallel with the figure getting life. The music follows the scene in the room, creates a sound world filled with the orchestra’s suggestive transitions, improvisations and songs with lyrics taken from the Cavendish book, says Leif Jordansson, who wrote the music.

– For us who are constantly working to search for new areas within surrealistic cross-border artistic expression, Margaret Cavendish’s novel is hugely inspiring. For me, it was a challenge to create such a large sculpture, made of 250 kilograms of aluminum tubes that were rolled, cut and welded together to form a being. The 14 meter long and 4 meter wide sculpture is an animal with a human-like body, a colossal floating marionette, says the artist and sculptor Torbjörn Berg.

Behind the DROM is Zirkus Loko-Motiv who is responsible for sculpture and participation; The Great Learning Orchestra that stands for music and soloists, and FMR Production that has created the concept, the text and the visual framework. Even though collaborations have occurred previously, this is the first time that Zirkus Loko-Motiv’s Torbjörn Berg and Ylva Törnlund and FMR Productions Peder Bjurman and Leif Jordansson’s Great Learning Orchestra create a unique and joint project together.

Welcome to the premiere on Friday 11 January, between 19: 00-22: 00, in Slaktkyrkan.

Helena Olofsson, Entertainment | Johanneshov
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