Wrap is a centre for artistic production and communication, which provides a wide range of facilities to professional artists, on a project-to-project basis. Wrap is artist-run, but none of our facilities are exclusively reserved for any particular artist. Our tools and spaces are maintained and organised by knowledgeable professionals and our prices are subsidised in order to reflect the means of most artists, and to maintain an inclusive profile.
We also initiate and curate various artistic projects that we believe benefit the artistic communities surrounding the centre.
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Usus Productions - The Indian Queen
This is Ursus’ fourth major opera production and as with the previous three, it is produced using multiple rooms and facilities at Wrap.
For this production the company rented Wrap’s Big Project Room, Wood and Metal Workshop, and Studio A (in the ) for several weeks. Additionally they rented Studio B in the AV Lab for periods when they needed it for particularly demanding recording sessions. The “B” in Studio B stands for (sometimes misleadingly) Big, and this is a very large live room, used for concerts events, large-scale music rehearsals and recordings.
Studio A is a state-of-the-art music studio that allowed Sound Designer, Torolf Thuestad, not only to record several sessions with the many musicians who were involved in the project, but further to develop the overall sound design and composition in collaboration with Ursus’ core team.
Wrap gave the possibility to contain the entirety of their ambitious interdisciplinary workflow within the same building, including set design/construction, costume design/production, lighting design (thanks to newly expanded infrastructure), sound design with recording and post-production, rehearsals and experimentation in the Big Project Room. The canteen and kitchen also served as an invaluable resource, as the company were able to hire in people to cook meals on many of the busiest days, and were enabled to work gruelling long hours in the knowledge that they had all their needs met.
In a Q and A after the premier, Ursus agreed that they were able to make and commit to decisions later in their creative process now than in earlier productions. This gave them more room to experiment with alternative scenarios. It was later confirmed that this was in no small part due to new and improved resources at Wrap such as in the AV Lab.
Another recent theatre production finalized at Wrap is Stankelbeinmusikk by . This is a musical theatre piece for all ages, featuring 6 different insects with fantastic costumes by Johanna Dahlbäck, music by Glenn Erik Haugland and words by Hilde Trætteberg Serkland. It is performed by the vocalists of Tabula Rasa, Rikke Lina Sorell Matthiesen, Sigrun Jørdre, Zsuzsa Zseni, Tord Kalvenes, Arild Rohde and Jakub Niedziela, together with celist Carmen Bóveda, with choreography by Caroline Eckly, and dramaturgy by Ingrid Askvik.
Other noteworthy projects to take place this autumn/winter are:
In addition to the many pass through Wrap each week for short rehearsals and workshop visits...
● A two-week song-writing residency where the experimental metal trio, , developed new material for their planed second album.
● Recording of drums and guitar for the dance film Nacht [feminine] by Malin Nøss Vangsnes and Maximilian Großmann, with music composed by Owen Weaver and performed by Owen Weaver (drums/percussion) and Leo Preston (guitar).
● Various “pre-production” residencies for imminent music tours with bands/ensembles such as , , and .
● Accoustic treatment in the Wood & Metal Workshop for better working environment.
● Installed 3 phase 63 amp power outlet for stage lighting equipment in the Big Project Room.
Tabula Rasa developing Stankelbeinmusikk at Wrap
Developing The Indian Queen: Ursus Produksjoner at Wrap
Audioglimt at Kjeldbju-låven in Gulen (Wrap Satellite)
Our own program
Our own program this autumn has included a new edition of Sonisk Selskap led by Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen, under the title , and the launch of , a project that will use to bring performances, concerts and projects from Wrap (and our magical Bergen-based milieu) to collaborating venues and events organisers around the whole of Vestland county. The first tour with Wrap Satellite went to Gulen, where we were proud to take part in the official opening of Kjelbju-låven, a new venue for various artistic activities run by Charlotte Linn Pedersen og Tara Catherall. For this opening event, we pieced together a unique film consisting of historical photos and excerpts from the film Stein på Stein by Kurt Helge Pedersen. This was shown together with live music by Hilde Annine Hasselberg as part of our series.
As Kjelbju-låven is still in the early stages of becoming established, we were very happy to bring our unique, tiered seating designed by visual artists Reinhard Haverkamp. This was a most welcome contribution, as all seats were easily filled and the event was packed with people from Bergen and Gulen. The event also consisted of a warm meal cooked by Dave Catherall, and an exhibition of photographs from Bergen and Kjelbju, by Tara Catherall and Fabian Øverjordet.