With the Diorama performance series, Ingri Fiksdal stages
particular views of natural and urban landscapes in various cities and contexts. The word diorama means, “through that which is seen”, from the Greek di- “through” + orama “that which is seen, as sight”.
In the Diorama performances, Fiksdal uses choreography as a lens, through which se alters or interferes with a particular view and its context. This choreographic staging is what produces the artificialness or the dioramic aspect to what would otherwise be an ordinary urban and natural landscape.
In the first Diorama performance, Fiksdal will stage the view from an outdoor swimming pool, out over the sea and the horizon in the fishing village Brixham in England. The piece is part of the project The Tale, a public art event that is produced by the UK arts organization Situations. For The Tale a group of internationally renowned artists are commissioned to produce new imaginative forms of public artworks for the coastal landscape and urban areas of Torbay borough in South Devon, England. The project culminationg in a presentation on three weekends in September 2017.
In Diorama, the staging thematically deals with how Brixham as part of the area Torbay is already staging itself as something that is not (The English Riviera).
DIORAMA for Shoalstone Pool
Concept, choreography: Ingri Fiksdal
Music: Jenny Hval and Lasse Marhaug
Costumes: Fredrik Floen
Developed and performed by: Rannei Grenne, Pernille Holden, Harald Beharie, Louis Schou-Hansens and Jeffrey Young
Outside eye: Venke Sortland
Photo: Briony Campbell
Producers: Nicole Schuchardt and Eva Grainger
Originating commissioner: Situations
Co-produced by: Black Box Teater Oslo, BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen and Dansens Hus Oslo
Supported by: The Norwegian Art Council and the Norwegian Artistic Research Program