Work in progress, 2024                        

The Highest Form of Flattery




Dancer & choreographer:
Putli Hellesen

Co- creating dancers:
Hanna Våge Skjeggestad
Lisa Colette Bysheim

Location: Montebøllo Art Collective

In the art world, it has long been established that it is almost impossible to create something completely "new," as everything has been done before. No one is original and all that is being created is merely a reference to or an echo from then past. With The Highest Form of Flattery (working title), I wish to physically and bodily test out this hypothesis.

- What types of strategies and ways of compensating arise when the dancers are never allowed to create anything new or present anything of their own?
- What types of expressions are created when everything must be a copy, imitation, negotiation or parody of something else?

They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and I am curious to see just how far it might be possible to stretch this definition. 

Inspired by celebrity impersonators, replicas of cities and imitations of grass.


Images: Ole Marius Støle





Work, 2023 

WAVE CHASERS




Dancers & collaborators:
Putli Hellesen
Natanya Helena Kjølås
Ole Marius Støle

Location: Transistorfestivalen

Supported by: Transistorfestivalen

Wave Chasers is a performative stunt that kicked off during the summer of 2023 in Oslo, Norway. The stunt explores the sonic landscape of public spaces.

Geared up with sound recorders and headphones the performers - Putli Hellesen, Natanya Helena Kjølås & Ole Marius Støle - enter a mode of hypersensitive listening. Through a bodily approach, they rediscover the city and shape it according to their desires.

Through a playful, humorous, clever, and fearless approach, the wave chasers take over urban spaces. They run, chase, and play tricks – using their bodies to mirror, emphasize, and highlight what they find around them. They fantasize about the idea of what a city space can truly contain, moving through a landscape where the real and the fictional feed into each other. Together, they race through the city streets, looking for the next moment that could change everything!

Wave Chasers stems from a desire to change our relationship with the other, the stranger, the unknown, and the unheard.


Video: Transistorfestivalen





Work in progress, 2023

Tinglegheiter




Dancers & collaborators:
Putli Hellesen
Natanya Helena Kjølås

Location: Montebøllo Art Collective

Tinglegheiter (working title) is a collaborative project between dance artists Putli Hellesen & Natanya Helena Kjølås, which can be described as an investigation into the use of props in performing arts.

In the studio at Montebøllo Art Collective, we have begun to develop a moving loop that puts the various objects/props in the room in context with ourselves and with each other. We are interested in building things, in the functional and dysfunctional, and in the concept of "fake it till you make it".

In Tinglegheiter, we want to explore the potential of objects and how they can interact with each other and with us as performers. We are interested in how props can be used to create meaning, generate movements, and trigger chain reactions. Our interest in props stem from a desire to challenge traditional notions of what a prop should be and how it should be used.


Images: Putli Hellesen & Natanya Helena Kjølås





Work in progress, 2022                       

Dissociation Project




Dancer & choreographer:
Putli Hellesen

Co- creating dancers:
Ole Marius Støle
Kristina Lvova Høydal

Location: Davvi Senter for Scenekunst, Mind The Gap

Dissociation Project (working title) is an exploration of dissociation and parallel dramaturgies. For me the interest lays within the idea of how the voice can have one dramaturgy, while the body has another. Dissociation Project is an attempt at adjusting or rather choreographing this distance between the voice and the body.

Through a series of body and voice scores, the performers - Putli Hellesen, Ole Maris Støle & Kristina Lvova Høydal - are forced to embrace contradictions and to actively look at multiple things at once:
–/ forced to acknowledge the multitude of parallel truths that co- exist within one entity, one body, one reality, one society
–/ forced to watch as the world is slowly caving in.  


Images: Marthe Nyvoll





Work, 2021

Unfinished Busyness




Dancer & choreographer:
Putli Hellesen

Location:
Oslo National Academy of the Arts Cornerteateret, Bergen

Costume design: 
Lærke Bang Barfod (MA Costume design KHiO)

Light & visual design:
Martin Myrvold

Sound design:
Petter Olav Støylen Wiik & Ole Marius Støle

External supervisors:
Kristin Ryg Helgebostad & Solveig Styve Holte

Internal supervisors:
Torunn Robstad & Bojana Cvejic

Supported by:
Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Arts Council Norway
Unfinished Busyness is my graduating solo performance in MA Dance from Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

It is a performance that wants to talk about a number of things as opposed to one thing, a rambling monologue sparked by an interest in demystifying the artist’s process. It aims to reveal the building up to the performance event, unveiling the things and thoughts the dancer goes through up until the point they actually “do the dance”.

In Unfinished Busyness I eccentrically tell the story of how it is to be a newly educated female dancer, it is part personal conversation between friends and part performed lecture - it is a confession of likes and taste, just as much as it is a result of choreographed opinions and fabrications.


Video: Antero Hein




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