GUNNAR in the SERPENT PIT
A MetamOrphic Ritual Theatre Production
BOOKINGS for ANTWERP BELGIUM PERFORMANCE July 13th 2017 at the bottom of this page.
A musical dance-theatre performance by Orryelle about the Viking Gunnar who was thrown into a pit of serpents for his misdemeanours.
Above: Still from the recent performance in Seattle USA (June 17th 2017)
Photo by Riqui Brujo Castellanoz
Below: New Video of selected foot-age from the two performances in 2016 -in Castlemaine Australia and Oslo Norway (Emmanuelle Vigeland Museum), now with added footage from Melbourne 2017 performance :
Gunnar in the Serpent Pit from Orryelle on Vimeo.
According to the ancient Saga, his sister Gudrun threw a harp in to save him, but he could only play it with his feet as his hands were bound.
To entrance the serpents without, he must find the serpents within
Above: Tonje Stabell and Kristine Halmrast as Valkyries weaving a warrior's Fate with his intestines.
This new Metamorphic Ritual Theatre Production was previewed in the devising artist's (then) hometown of Castlemaine, Australia and was then returned to its mythic homeland, in the spectacular ambience of the Emanuelle Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo Norway (image below) on the 5th August 2016.
Now it is to be performed in Seattle (WA, USA) on JUNE 17th 2017, Portland (OR, USA) June 23rd, and Antwerp (Belgium) 13th July. More info and tickets at the bottom of this page.
The Vigeland Mausoleum was a fantastic venue for the production, being reknowned for both its incredible acoustics (30 second reverb) and its beautiful frescoes of life and death by the artist entombed there, which cover the walls and high ceiling, and whose low-lit swirling figures echoed the serpentine movements of Gunnar and the Valkyries in the dance-theatre...
The Sold Out Norwegian performance also featured a musical performance by local artists Alwanzatar and Wepwawet, with disembodied voices in feedback loops, guitar, flute, electronics and chanting. Alwanzatar and Wepwawet used the mausoleum reverberation to confound the origins of sound.
‘Beware those who speak with forked tongue
Such as I, whose words weave a fabric of lies
Even truth, twists and turns with my tongue, and departs
When I try to bring meaning To the sum, of the parts
For no meaning is one-pointed, absolute
With a single tongue I weave duality
When with forked langue-age I try to translate my epiphany'
Above: From the Australian debut of the production (May 2016):
Mark Noulton and Scott Sanders as serpent-charmers, Orryelle as Gunnar.
Alex Clovenfeather on double-bass and Barb Sparks as a Valkyrie
TICKETS for GUNNAR in The SERPENT PIT in Antwerp Belgium July 13th 2017 below. They will be available on the door, but cheaper to buy here:
Special pre-sale price 7 eu.
(Rather than receiving a physical ticket in the mail, your name will go on a door-list)
The Belgium performance also features a short opening set by Chrysopa Occulta, who are providing further live music during the play; and the launch on the big screen of Orryelle's new 'Dionysosss' video which was filmed in Antwerp and Portugal last year.
There will also be an exhibition of a bronze sculpture and six recent oil paintings by Orryelle.