Photo: Louise Herrche Serup

Convoi Exceptionnel
The Weather Report

A performance on unease, turbulence, and stability

The Weather Report delves into the connection between aviation and the experience of bipolar affective disorder. Bipolarity is characterised by extreme mood swings, ranging from episodes of elevated and overly energetic mania to depressive periods of intense sadness, hopelessness, and low energy. Stage director Jon R. Skulberg uses aviation and weather phenomena to describe his lived experience with bipolar disorder.

Being airborne you experience weather vertically – through altitudes, cloud formations, winds, and sharp temperature fluctuations. Hovering between low-lying cumulus clouds and lofty cirrus clouds, a pilot’s job is to manage complex and changing weather systems. The Weather Report explores how we, as humans, navigate a life with instability and turbulence.

When turmoil arises in our everyday lives, how do we manage it?

Artistic team

Through choreography and the theatrical context, Jon R. Skulberg addresses the social theme, mental health. The video projections created by Magnus Pind draw inspiration from pilot textbooks on weather systems and information material from psychiatry. On stage, are dancers Kenzo Kusuda and Christine Sollie accompanied by performer Josephine Kylén-Collins. Composers Kristian Hverring and Julie Østengaard each create the music for different parts of the performance. Their starting point is a series of field recordings, synthesizers and cello recordings, which are transformed digitally to create a voluminous musical soundscape. Renowned costume designer Kit Wan, known for his expressive universe, has created the costumes for the performance.

Convoi Exceptionnel

Jon R. Skulberg and Convoi Exceptionnel create groundbreaking performances that have left a strong impression on critics and audiences – often centering around existential questions. Convoi Exceptionnel is known for its sensory and atmospheric works in the intersection of dance, opera, music, and installation.

Artist

Convoi Exceptionnel

Title

The Weather Report

Type

Performance

Date

15.–16.5.2024, 20:00

Duration

1 hour

Venue

Dansekapellet, Bispebjerg Torv 1, 2400 København

Credits

Concept, stage direction, scenography & light: Jon R. Skulberg. Composers: Kristian Hverring, Julie Østengaard. Videodesigner: Magnus Pind. Costumedesigner: Kit Wan. Dancers: Kenzo Kusuda, Christine Sollie. Performer: Josephine Kylén-Collins. Dramaturgy: Astrid Hansen Holm. Stage consultant: Olga Regitze Dyrløv Høegh. Music (cello): Lil Lacy. Sound technician: Joëlle McGovern Serret. Light technician: Ilmari Pesonen. Producer: Nikoline Jørgensen. Production: Convoi Exceptionnel. Administration: Jens Christian Jensen. International relations: Sigrid Aavik. Intern: Laura Viltoft. Co-production: Bora Bora, Dansehallerne. Supported by: Statens Kunstfond, Augustinus Fonden, William Demant Fonden, Beckett Fonden, C.A.C Fonden, Sonning-Fonden, Dansk Skuespillerforbund, Aarhus Kommune.

Credit: Tom McKenzie
Statens Kunstfond (en)
Augustinus Fonden (en)
William Demant Fonden (en)
Beckett-fonden
Aarhus Kommune (en)
Dansk Skuespillerforbund (en)