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Monica Emilie Herstad

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Monica Emilie Herstad,
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herStay in Youth Magazine VISION SEPTEMBER China 2008:

Give Body to the Future

A 3 page photo & interview presentation on Monica Emilie Herstad, herStay
BUYERS: 300 000 IN EDITION MONTHLY

Text: Liu Ying, VISION, YOUTH MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2008

"Monica Emilie, one of the most experimental dance & performance artists in Norway, is demonstrating for students with her performance on how to communicate with space via body language. This performance comes from ”Past Is Simulation”, the sub-title of “The Lady of the sea vs. Nora, And Other Stories Of the Society ”, inspired by the writings of Henrik Ibsen, Susan Sontag, and Elfriede Jelinek. The course she directs - On Body and Context - aims to sharpen the students' perception and the awareness of differences between live performance and the projected being.

The traditional stereotype of the photographer waiting, choosing and recording a visual moment has been left behind by contemporary photography. Contemporary photography, instead of entering into the art checklist alongside painting, installation and performance, has turned itself into a multi-functioned platform open to all the art mediums which conjunct all the art forms and keeps bringing out new meanings. As for Monica, a dance & performance artist, the collaboration with photo artists has always been an important aspect in her creation. “The photographs of my performance is produced as powerful imagery that also function independently as herStay photography in addition to documenting an event,” Monica said, “and with the students of photo art I often get a fresh feeling and a fresh brain,” which makes her even more creative."

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Monica Emilie Herstad, herSta y i n Hong Kong November 19th - 23d 2008

Monica Emilie Herstads performance Past is simulation - The ladies of the sea vs Nora, and other stories of the society, at On&On Theatre in Hong Kong.

Schedule: 19th of November at 5 pm and 8 pm
Host: International Conference at Hong Kong Open University, on the topics Ibsen and the modern self
Venue: On&On Theatre, Artist Village, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Past is simulation - The ladies of the sea vs Nora, and other stories of the society:

M o n i c a E m i l i e H e r s t a d
Choreography, Dance, Concept, Manuscript, Thesis

Monica Emilie Herstad presents a lecture on "Ibsen and the modern self Conference" in Hong Kong 21st of November 2008, at Hong Kong Open University, on the topic "Cross cultural Stagings of Ibsen and the Modern Self", location: Hong Kong Baptist University Hong, at 11.15 am

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Reviews in 2008 on Monica Emilie Herstad, herStay´ works:

herStay presents Monica Emiie Herstad´s performance E-W-I-G
herStay E-W-I-G- * Das Ewig-Weibliche Zieht uns hinan, 2008 -
1st Edition: 6 performances with herStay for 7 performers,
at Grev Wedelspl 1, Myntgt./ Glacisgt./ Kirkegt., beside Losjen
Co-producers: OsloOpen, Kulturnatt Oslo
September 26th and October 2nd, both evenings at 8, 9 and 10 pm

An expert comment on Monica Emilie Herstad´s work EWIG recently:
"- I was first very interested by the use of the space. In a parc of the popular part of the city, which is usually a place of transition and of transaction, a place of dealing and prostitution as well of wandering, (which remind me somehow on the dramaturgy of B. M Koltès theater plays, like the "Dans la solitude des champs de coton") there were placed some figures of dancers. I use the term figure on purpose: they were very hieratics and almost abstracts because of the quality of their concentration, the purity of the body and the sharp relation they had together. Through the figures of the dancers, the urban space was saying something else. "I" was not seeing something new, but the Thing, the urban space was watching me differently. As Bergson says "quand les artistes regardent une chose, ils la voient pour elle, et non pour eux." (When the artists look at one thing, they see it for itself, and not for themselves." It can apply to what you have done.
To say it shortly and in other words, in that "corrupted" urban space, this dance provide a certain "transcendance", not in a mystic way, but like a body before the body and a landscape before the landscape. Somehow, an idea of "Ewig".
- In the same order of idea, what was very sharp was the relation between reality and fiction created by the performance, which allow a very original "friction" of those two elements. The border of the stage were structured by the architectural space, and eventhough the performance occured for the main part in an "allée" of the parc, under trees, its narrative power spreads out. The public, the people passing by, the light of the street lamps and windows, the different type of stones used for the building around, the sounds (very particular hybridation between the "music" of the performance and the everyday life sounds : cars, wind, muffling voices) were as if engulfed by the artistic performance. Here, a soldier walking by in his costume, going out of the military barrack close by, suddenly slow down his step, his body became more "here", present, he was interpreted somehow by what was happening. At every external event the spectator was lead to new range of associations, of interpretations.
- What was finally very beautiful was the ending, when those figures went out of the "imaginary circle" and continue their walk for two hundred meters until they turn at the angle of a building. I was focusing my attention on something which was now in a distance, changing my position, changing the perception. So, the vanishing of those figures takes some time, eventhough the performance was short it already triggers some remembering of them, of who they were when standing in front of me, and I felt that mixed feeling of loss when they disappeared.
I know that a performance is good when analysing its effect on me.
After seing a (good) film, reading a book, watching dance of theater, the reality has a new density, new order and "correspondances" (to quote the title of the poem of Baudelaire) thanks to this esthetic experiment. That was the case of "Ewig"
- Jonathan Chatel, Sorbonne, October 2008

"Monica Emilie Herstad is bringing a new discourse on stage"
- Ajit Rai, Jansatta/ Indian Express, January 12th, 2008

"PHANTOM PERSONA OR MONICA EMILIE HERSTAD"
"I like it a lot. It is now one of my most favorite stage performances of all time.
I don't know how to describe it. I think I can say that its power is like the power of PHANTOM LOVE (2007, Nina Menkes) mixing with the power of PERSONA (1966, Ingmar Bergman).
(...) This is a clip from PAST IS SIMULATION:
http://myspace.com/herStay [ youtube.com/herStay ]
This is a short film called THE LITTLE CHAOS (1966, Rainer Werner
Fassbinder): http://www.youtube.com/Fassbinder "
- Celine Julie, Bangkok, January 21st 2008, on Monica Emilie Herstad´s performance Past is simulation

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herStay at NSD Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival 2008 in New Delhi and Mumbai, with her performance Past is simulation: Reviews:

The Pioneer, New Delhi:
"The play opens with a complete surprise, with a mechanical bird winging its way over the proscenium, and hovering the dancer on the large stage.
The tantalising conjectures are woven around the splendid solists, who seem to express the ambivalent emotions of Ibsen´s women when their bodies move, fall, strech, and bend.
Dancing as mirror-images, or the captivating trio moving in unison, they bring out rich associations with Nora, or the steph-daughters Hilde and Bolette, of Lady of the sea, or the eponymous heroine of Hedda Gabler, or even the youthful Hedvig of The Wild Duck."
- Dr. Utpal K. Banerjee, The Pioneer, New Delhi, January 15th 2008

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Mumbai TimeOut #2 2008

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herStay in Los Angeles, Review in NY Arts Magazine and Berliner Kunst:

"Herstad moves with simultaneity to the projected images of herself performing, closing distance between cerebral and sensational.

Her decision for costume is to iterate couture critiquing the desire and desired.

Her choice to project onto the corrugated metal roll-up door paralleled the sensitivity and installation site specificity"

- NY Arts Magazine et Berliner Kunst
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At 6:07 on November 29, 2008, herStay said…
Thank You!
At 6:06 on November 29, 2008, herStay said…
herStay in Youth Magazine VISION SEPTEMBER China 2008:

Give Body to the Future

A 3 page photo & interview presentation on Monica Emilie Herstad, herStay
BUYERS: 300 000 IN EDITION MONTHLY

Text: Liu Ying, VISION, YOUTH MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2008

"Monica Emilie, one of the most experimental dance & performance artists in Norway, is demonstrating for students with her performance on how to communicate with space via body language. This performance comes from ”Past Is Simulation”, the sub-title of “The Lady of the sea vs. Nora, And Other Stories Of the Society ”, inspired by the writings of Henrik Ibsen, Susan Sontag, and Elfriede Jelinek. The course she directs - On Body and Context - aims to sharpen the students' perception and the awareness of differences between live performance and the projected being.

The traditional stereotype of the photographer waiting, choosing and recording a visual moment has been left behind by contemporary photography. Contemporary photography, instead of entering into the art checklist alongside painting, installation and performance, has turned itself into a multi-functioned platform open to all the art mediums which conjunct all the art forms and keeps bringing out new meanings. As for Monica, a dance & performance artist, the collaboration with photo artists has always been an important aspect in her creation. “The photographs of my performance is produced as powerful imagery that also function independently as herStay photography in addition to documenting an event,” Monica said, “and with the students of photo art I often get a fresh feeling and a fresh brain,” which makes her even more creative."
At 6:06 on November 29, 2008, herStay said…
herSta y i n the world
At 10:46 on October 22, 2008, Giora Eshkol said…
come visit Israel
At 10:42 on October 22, 2008, Giora Eshkol said…
come to visit in Israel
At 21:49 on October 17, 2008, herStay said…
herSta y i n Hong Kong November 19th - 21st 2008
At 2:27 on February 21, 2008, herStay said…
"A study of the postmodern woman on the stage:

To escape the feeling of unease a woman flees to the seashore over and over again. For hours she gazes at a flying bird. Another woman seems to search for something in dance gestures in the darkness.

While walking a third is suddenly startled. The fourth attempts a
suicide. The fifth shudders abruptly with fear. The sixth, the seventh, the eight, and, in a similar manner, innumerable women appear to do
something since times immemorial. For example: doing housework,
loving someone, rearing children, quarrel with husband, being beaten up, weeping and shedding tears.

These women who had emerged out of the dramas of Norway´s famous dramatist Henrik Ibsen, came together on the stage in the
presentation directed by Monica Emilie Herstad Past is Simulation:
The Ladies of the Sea vs. Nora and other Stories. The staging took
place at the ninth day of the India Theatre Festival at the LTG
Auditorium.

Enacted in India through the generosity of the Norwegian Embassy, this play is important from several points of view. The woman director searched for a new stage language by ways of acting, and the light and music of the dance performance.
Acting happens way beyond words. This is not just Physical Theatre, where, through the agency of body language and the language of gestures a script assumes shape in a formless manner. This is a total experience of dramatic art beyond words.

The audience sees a new kind of dance performance in a new space. It comprises the full potential for a transformation of the
imaginativeness of the audience.

The performance is so attracting that time passed by without getting
aware of it at all. This is a postmodern global text on stage.

Monica Emilie Herstad has - instead of promoting a rather acerb image of the women, or of showing protest, done a deep examination through ingress into the innermost core. She has created an ironic disguise of the texts of Ibsen´s dramas. It is exactly this ironic disguise which develops into a comment on the images of women in the present milieu.

Her actresses appear on the stage with high heeled shoes, contemporary hair-do, and hyper-modern dresses. They show in ironic disguise different matters of concern of the women, and their emotional expressions and body movements in deep white faint light together with mystical music. These matters of concern have been selected from the lives of Ibsen´s women.

The performance has as its background mainly the lives of the chief
character Ellida and her two coeval stepdaughters Ellida-Hilda and
Bolette from the drama The Lady of the Sea, and of the heroine Nora
from A Doll´s House.

An evaluation of Ibsen´s texts has been done by the German feminist writer Elfriede Jelinek in her book What happened after Nora had left her Husband, including the text Pillars of Society. In one scene it is the aura of the unforgettable world famous author Susan Sontag, in which she presented the character of the heroine Ellida of The Lady from the Sea.

The performance with its latent meanings raises, however, several
questions at the level of script and style. On the one hand she
destroys the acerb images of the biographies of the women of the
dramas, but on the other she attempts to overcome the acerb images on the stage by employing the medium of artistic explanation. Words are not presented here. And the music appears slightly segregated.

Together with an examination of the relevance of Henrik Ibsen for the
present times, the performance investigates in addition the question
whether our world has really changed for women during the one hundred years after Ibsen. The decision rests with the audience."

- Ajit Rai, Jansatta/ Indian Express, January 12th, 2008

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Mumbai TimeOut #2 2008

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"From the European segment of the festival, two were dance theatre
performances - Pina Bausch´s Bamboo Blues and Monica Emilie Herstad´s unwieldily titled Past is Simulation: The Ladies of the Sea vs Nora and Other Stories.

Dance theatre works around themes rather than stories. The immediate impact is sensory. One movement follows another working to an unwritten script that the audience must grasp as best they can.

The Norwegian performance piece was dense with references which became significant only if, besides Ibsen, you also knew the work of
the director Elfriede Jelinek and the late Susan Sontag´s reading of
Lady of the Sea.

Otherwise what you saw [in Past is simulation] were incredibly
flexible female bodies that posed, contorted, writhed and grew slack
to express a whole spectrum of emotions, dark to bright, between
male-constructed women and women as they are and want to be.

- Shanta Gokhale, The Hindu Magazine, February 10th 2008

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At 21:10 on February 6, 2008, herStay said…
Hi, yes there is:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=YYVsdo1vNx8

http://youtube.com/watch?v=S6RBP8FWgg4

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Zu8mOlgSaoc

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At 14:40 on February 5, 2008, artreview.com said…
Hi HerStay,

Welcome to artreview.com. Do you have any documentation of your performances that you can add to your page?

Hope you enjoy the site. Also, check out ArtReview:Digital -- it's ArtReview magazine on your screen every month, and it's FREE
At 5:34 on February 5, 2008, herStay said…
herStay is touring in Asia 2008, recent reviews:

"I like it a lot. It is now one of my most favorite stage performances of all time. I don't know how to describe it. I think I can say that its power is like the power of PHANTOM LOVE (2007, Nina Menkes) mixing with the power of PERSONA (1966, Ingmar Bergman)." ::::::::
- Celine Julie, Thailand 2008

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herStay at NSD Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival 2008 in New Delhi and Mumbai, with her performance Past is simulation.

Reviews: The Pioneer, New Delhi:
"The play opens with a complete surprise, with a mechanical bird winging its way over the proscenium, and hovering the dancer on the large stage.
The tantalising conjectures are woven around the splendid solists, who seem to express the ambivalent emotions of Ibsen´s women when their bodies move, fall, strech, and bend.
Dancing as mirror-images, or the captivating trio moving in unison, they bring out rich associations with Nora, or the steph-daughters Hilde and Bolette, of Lady of the sea, or the eponymous heroine of Hedda Gabler, or even the youthful Hedvig of The Wild Duck."
- Dr. Utpal K. Banerjee, The Pioneer, New Delhi, January 15th 2008

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"Monica Emilie Herstad is bringing a new discourse on stage"
- Ajit Rai, Jansatta/ Indian Express, January 12th, 2008

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Mumbai TimeOut #2 2008

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herStay in Bangkok January 2008:
Monday, January 21, 2008
"PHANTOM PERSONA OR MONICA EMILIE HERSTAD
--Last Friday I went to Patravadi Theater to see some performances, including PAST IS SIMULATION -- THE LADIES OF THE SEA VS. NORA, AND OTHER STORIES OF THE SOCIETY, directed by Monica Emilie Herstad from Norway. The performance is inspired by the writings of Henrik Ibsen, Susan Sontag, and Elfriede Jelinek. I like it a lot. It is now one of my most favorite stage performances of all time. I don't know how to describe it. I think I can say that its power is like the power of PHANTOM LOVE (2007, Nina Menkes) mixing with the power of PERSONA (1966, Ingmar Bergman).
-http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/01 /
phantom-persona-or-monica-emilie.html

(...) This is a clip from PAST IS SIMULATION:
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fus...
individual&videoid=1493413125
This is a short film called THE LITTLE CHAOS (1966, Rainer Werner Fassbinder).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjDh0g... "
 
 
 

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