• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival – Online & At Home Edition!
  • 11–21 March 2021
  • 11 days of Live Art experiences
  • Maritea Dæhlin
  • I guess you have a lot of questions. A bedtime story
  • Monday 15,22.00–08.00 (overnight)
  • Tuesday 16,22.00–08.00 (overnight)
  • Wednesday 17,22.00–08.00 (overnight)
  • Thursday 18,22.00–08.00 (overnight)
  • Friday 19,23.00–09.00 (overnight)
  • Saturday 20,23.00–09.00 (overnight)

Premiere

In collaboration with Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).

“I guess you have a lot of questions. I do – I have so many questions. Questions that become one and get tangled into their voices. Their answers are not answering my questions – my questions don’t want them to answer. Still, I want to listen to them, a conversation where you don’t have to say anything, you just have to be there, you can listen or you can sleep. You can let the words become part of your unconscious, your dreams, or you can try to stay awake. The fragments of languages, Spanish, Ayuujk, English and Norwegian, will be unpredictable, but full. This is our reality, and you are welcome into it, not to try to understand but to get an ungraspable insight.” 

You are invited to spend a night alone in a hotel room, accompanied by the voices and texts of the linguist and activist Yasnaya Elena A. Gil and the journalist and writer Sigrun Slapgard. The soundscape and texts are triggered by conversations Maritea had with these two women that she admires and wanted to listen deeply to. Their conversations centred around the word ‘solidarity’ – a word to be questioned, squeezed, loved and rejected, hand in hand by the sculpture Hun som bærer minnet om denne jorda, hvor bærer denne jorda henne? (She who Carries the Memory of this Earth, Where does this Earth Carry Her?), made by Maritea’s mother Gitte Dæhlin. Gitte Dæhlin’s sculpture can be viewed as part of the exhibition Actions of Art and Solidarity at Kunstnernes Hus. “The sculpture begs us not to describe her, to not make her answer any questions, but we will ask, we ask and ask, but never expect her to answer, we respect her silence. Still, we want her to be there for us, to save us, to fill a silence.”

Maritea Dæhlin (1986) is an interdisciplinary artist who alternates between living and working in Norway and Mexico. Her work includes performance, text, video and sound installation and has been shown at venues and festivals in Europe, Latin America and North America. In 2020, she presented the critically acclaimed performance I WANT TO BE TRADITIONAL here at the theater. Maritea is one of Black Box teater’s associated artists in the period of 2020–2021.

  • A work by: Maritea Dæhlin.
  • Texts and voice in sound work: Yasnaya Elena A. Gil, Sigrun Slapgard, Maritea Dæhlin.
  • Artistic advisor: Tormod Carlsen.
  • Artistic advice on sound work: Thora Dolven Balke.
  • Technical support: Truls Hannemyr.
  • Producer: Elisabeth C. Gmeiner.
  • Translation: Adam King, Elyzabeth Wild.
  • Commissioned by: Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).
  • Co-production: Black Box teater (Oslo).
  • Supported by: Kulturrådet, NOTAM (Norwegian centre for technology, art and music). 

The work is created in the frame of the exhibition ​Actions of Art and Solidarity, curated by Katya Garcia-Anton, Director of OCA in Oslo, with the research and coordination support of Liv Brissach, Itzel Esquivel, and Drew Snyder in Oslo, and Aban Raza in New Delhi. The exhibition is organised with Kunstnernes Hus.

Flat price: 250 NOK (≈ €25) includes the hotel room and breakfast.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and includes the hotel room and breakfast. NB: Only one person allowed per room. The ticket sale ends at 16.00 (4PM) the day in advance.

All audience members must check in at PS:Hotel between 21.00–21.30 (Mon–Thurs) / 22.00–22.30 (Fri–Sat).

By booking a room at PS:Hotel, you also support their work program for social responsibility. The hotel provides training to people who need a way back to work.

We encourage you to comply with the authorities’ guidelines for infection control, especially regarding traveling across municipal boundaries.

Duration: All night. Breakfast served from 07.00 (Tues-Fri) and 08.00 (Sat-Sun). Checkout is at 09.00 (Tues-Fri) and 10.00 (Sat-Sun).

Language: In various languages.


Maritea Dæhlin has written a text in Black Box teater publication 6, available online at blackbox.no.