Box with Holes

Heine Røsdal Avdal, Oslo, Norway, 2006
Author: Heine Røsdal Avdal
Directed by Heine Røsdal Avdal

about the production

It is the second time when the audience at the Divadelná Nitra meet a presentation from Norway in an untraditional form of various artistic ways, based on its original philosophy of purity of a relationship between a creator and theme, which can be simply called the “EkoArt”. The last year’s performance of this kind was Concert for Greenland.

This time there is only one author, dancer and performer Heine Røsdal Avdal. The authorship here is total – from an original idea based on the conviction of the importance of direct contact between people, to the performing of this contact in concrete surroundings and in unique moments – which are the choice and furnishing of the space, visual, music part and movement.

The theatre aimed for one spectator is nothing new at the Divadelná Nitra – some years ago, it was Czech teacher Hana Voříšková with her lovely puppet mini stories. This time, though we have here a far more sophisticated form. To understand it’s meaning means to perceive the performance ourselves. The thing that happens in the black box between the spectator and the performer may be described, but the essence of the experience lies in a surprise. Description of the experience should come after all of the spectators visit the box.
Box with holes seeks to explore the relationship between touch and its visualisation. How do we see and experience inter- human interaction in a world where we contact each other more and more through technology?
Box with holes focuses on a displacement of the senses, which places the spectator into another mental state. The intention is to make the spectator go through a physical experience of touch during the performance and see if this can affect perception.
Box with holes is an intimate and anonymous experience that feels real, but looks and appears different through the use of video.

Box with Holes is extremely interesting also for the organizers – to plan 160 fifteen-minute performances within few days of the festival, and to watch the crowd of those who did nor get the time ticket, is quite adventurous. During less than a year since the premiere of Box with Holes in Belgium (October 2005) this adventure has been experienced by many theatres and festivals in Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Norway, France) and in Asia (Japan, China). Similar stops have made also the newest works by the author – In_Line and Some Notes Are. After the visit in Estonia and before its big tour in Norway, Box with Holes comes to Nitra.
Darina Kárová


author, choreography, video and performance: Heine Røsdal Avdal, Norway
artistic advise: Yukiko Shinozaki


Heine Røsdal Avdal (1970)
He studied dance, choreography and video at the Oslo National College of the Arts and at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. He has worked as a performer for various compagnies in Norway.
In 1997 – 2001 he joined Meg Stuart’s company Damaged Goods, collaborating with Gary Hill and Ann Hamilton in the creations of Splayed Mind Out, appetite and Highway 101.
From 2002 on Avdal works closely together with Christoph De Boeck in their own collective deepblue with the creations of terminal and Closer, which has performed extensively.
In 2002 – 2003 he created together with Mette Edvardsen, Liv Hanne Haugen and Lawrence Malstaf the performance installation Sauna in Exile. In 2004 and 2005, Avdal developed the performance installation Box with holes and IN_LINE. He is currently creating a new project: Some notes are with residencies in Yokohama, Beijing and several cities in Europe.