Pritchard & Torrence. 6th October
In connection with Off pist, a collaboration between Wrap, Kunstgarasjen and Cornerteatret, Alwynne Prichard teamed up with Jennifer Torrence to expand on her Audioglimt performance from the 9th of November 2018.
Regarding the choice of Quarry (film ducumentation from the performance by Meredith Monk) Pritchard says the following:
Meredith Monk believes in the healing power of art. I'm not sure I do. Neither am I sure that being healed would be very useful to me as artist. Do we need healing? Is pain a bad thing? Is art a good thing? I don't know the answers to these questions. In the face of them and much of what I do, it is the writer Haruki Murikami's statement that 'a heavy silence that defies words exists inside me' that resonates most powerfully. However, like Monk, I'm fascinated by the human voice, its relationship to movement and expressive potential. For this reason, her work is interesting to me as performer, however radically different it is from my own. And using my voice to create an alternative audio track to extracts from her 1977 stage piece “Quarry” presents me with a direct, practical and enriching way to address what it is I find both compelling and problematic about this piece.
About Jennifer Torrence:
Jennifer Torrence is an Oslo-based percussionist, performer, musician, researcher specializing in contemporary music.
About Alwynne Pritchard:
Alwynne Pritchard is a British performer, composer, artist and curator, based in Bergen. In her music and performances, Alwynne explores relationships between musical expression and the human voice and body. She has appeared as an actor, vocalist and physical performer in a number of stage productions, as well as directing and developing choreography for her work. In 2015, she formed the music-theatre company Neither Nor with her partner Thorolf Thuestad.
Alwynne has composed for, and performed with, leading musicians and ensembles across the globe. Alwynne’s professional life has also included stints as a writer and presenter for BBC Radio, a composition teacher at Trinity College of Music in London and as Artistic Director of both the Borealis festival and BIT20 Ensemble.
"Pritchard is a volcano of physical expression, a majestic product of the interdisciplinary of the arts, which allows you to venture into strange worlds, sometimes grotesque, sometimes terrifying…”