In a mixture of video, sculpture, and performance, the Californian Mojave Desert meets rain-filled Copenhagen, when a traveling theater from a dry science-fiction desert world penetrates by installing video screens from their own dimension into ours. While their stage is building, they steal and carry water from Copenhagen’s canals and lakes, which is transported to the Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art and further through the screens back to their dry world.
Inspired by the grandiose theatrical tradition of the Baroque – where naval battles and myths were staged on large water stages to glorify the economic profits of those in power – the theater performs its own Aqua Drama: an opera in progress about water as a liquid symbol of power.
Through their previous work, artist Sara Sachs (DK) and director Nina Mcneely (US) have developed a performative mix of video and collage that creates living video tableaus through live elements. Together with screenwriter Hans Frederik Jacobsen (DK), they form the group AMBRA, which tries to create long-lasting situations with the same method, to build maximalist and operatic worlds based on Sachs’ sculptural universe.
The performance was created by Ambra and curated by South into North. It is a co-production with Toaster in collaboration with Den Frie.
31 May – 13 Aug 2023
Adults: 70 Kr.
Student: 50 Kr.
Seniors: 50 Kr.
Under 12 years old: Free
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Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art
Oslo Plads 1
2100 København Ø
Level-free access – yes
Handicap toilet – yes
Free for companion – yes