NorthArc (former NorthArc Percussion Group) is a project-based collaboration between percussionist Jennifer Torrence (Artistic Director) and Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen, making various projects for percussion ensembles.
In 2014 they did 4 productions:
- Trio concert together with Jonas Barsten, playing works by Manos Tsangaris and Thomas Meadowcroft. Concerts at Bidrobon, Oslo and Avgarde, Bergen.
- Collaboration with the percussionists in the North Norwegian Army Band and Sigrun R. Gomnæs - performing Iannis Xenakis's "Pleiades" at Festspillene i Nord Norge.
- "The prolonged sound of noise" - commission by Arnt Håkon Ånesen for two percussionists and female choir. Performed at Nødutgangfestivalen in Bødo. They also premiered the percussion duo "Lift, unfetter" by Leah Asher.
- Timber - nordic percussion sextet project. Touring Oslo, Gothenburg and Århus with Michael Gordons work for six planks of wood "Timber".
Night Tripper explores the idea of nature as animistic, as a place of both healing and destructive powers, of immanence and transcendence. Ancient mythology meets contemporary everyday life, and dream and reality merge into an otherworldly, yet tangible tale. Night Tripper draws from ideas of voodoo culture, where lingering too long at the crossroads can make true believers into divine horsemen.
Night Tripper takes shape as a trail in the woods, concert performance, ritual and social event. It begins in the twilight hour and takes the audience into the night. The piece features six performers, curious instruments, numerous installation artworks, a local choir and a lot of potent spirits.
Night Tripper has so far been performed in the framework of Up to Nature at brut-künstlerhaus (Vienna), Inbetween Time outside of Bristol, and at Black Box Theatre (Oslo), and further at the Bastard festival (Trondheim), ANTI festival (Kuopio), IBT13 (Bristol), RAS (Sandnes), BIT-Teatergarasjen (Bergen) and Homo Novus festival (Riga), Maijazz (Stavanger), Dampfzentrale (Bern), Spoiwa Culture Festiwal (Szczecin), Baltoscandal (Estonia), Nordwind (Berlin), Fjaler Teaterfestival and CAC in Cincinnati. Upcoming shows in Portland and Prague.
Concept: Fiksdal/Langgård/Becker. Choreography: Ingri Fiksdal, Music: Ingvild Langgård, Scenography: Signe Becker.
Dancers: Pernille Holden and Julie Solberg, Musicians: Jørn Tore Egseth, Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen, Ingvild Langgård and Gunhild Mathea Olaussen, Co-produced by brut-künstlerhaus (Vienna), Inbetween Time Productions (Bristol), ANTI festival (Kuopio) and Black Box Theatre (Oslo), Supported by Up to Nature, The Norwegian Arts Council, Fond for lyd og bilde and Fund for performing artists.