POLARIS: PORSGRUNN (2014)
A WORK OF THEATRE DEVISED BY
HEATHER WARREN-CROW AND SETH WARREN-CROW
Warren-Crow+Warren-Crow’s Polaris: Porsgrunn explores the ideas of physicist Kristian Birkeland (1867-1917), a Norwegian scientist whose explanation of the aurora borealis was ahead of its time. The two performers use text appropriated from Birkeland’s scientific treatises, playful music- and movement-based actions, and almost outmoded educational technologies in their struggle to understand the cosmos (and those who also struggled to understand the cosmos). Flashlights, rope, tape players, aluminum foil, brandy, a well-done fish cake–will these objects help the Warren-Crows investigate the material and the immaterial, the measurable and the immeasurable, hypothesis and belief? All they know for certain is that the earth is a magnet, the theater a laboratory, and the sun is sending us a message.
Polaris: Porsgrunn debuted at the Scene: Bluss showcase at the Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival in Porsgrunn, Norway.
image credits: Alexandra Tveit (left), Seth Warren-Crow (right)
A designed object from the performance was later exhibited at the Nova Sin gallery as part of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, the most esteemed scenography exhibition in the world.
image credits: Adéla Vosičková