Our cooperation with Trondheim Kunsthall came about because the project would need to develope together with the children audience in an open space independent of theatrical effects.
The material and visual focus suggested the gallery space as appropriate, and Kunsthallen was planning an exhibition about multispecies storytelling and empathy; A New We. This provided a very interesting combination with our investigation of indefinite animals, transformations and affects.
We did not expect so many visitors, but had about 80-100 each of the three open presentations.
So we had to move to the large main hall after the first crowded experience in the smaller hall behind the main hall.
To sum up, we made three different versions:
14.10. For babies, pretty much the same as the version at Kunstforeningen, but without Rohey. We managed pretty well without her, but worked more on the audience of parents, babies and children of all ages. We counted 100 heads, tiny bald and big hairy, and everyone so attentive and happy!
This made the first meeting with a larger audience so powerful!
3.-5.11. For children 3-5. This was our first step towards the final version, and it was just one week after our residency at Seanse in Volda. Ibrahim joined us there, and we had developed a new opening scene and a new text. Exited to meet the children and experience their respons to our questions, and most of all to the new scene where the gekkos eat each other!
It all went well, it seemed they found it not too scary, but quite crazy, trying to read their eyes and bodily responses.
25.11. For babies and parents.
For this presentation we had added one layer of the scenography, the Green Moss layer. In this green world of juicy food, comes two furcoated birds and quarrel about the green vegetables. The babies did not seem to take this as a threat, but followed curiously the eating and how the bellies got bigger and fatter before both the big birds fell asleep.