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Henning Christiansen / Opus 37: Lovely weather today, n’est-ce pas, Ibsen

Experience one of the Danish Fluxus artist Henning Christiansen’s most ambitious works in an entirely new setting when the chamber opera ‘Opus 37: Lovely weather today, n’est-ce pas, Ibsen’ is performed at Copenhagen Contemporary.

‘Opera Opus 37: Lovely weather today, n’est-ce pas, Ibsen’ is written in a time when the Danish 60’s avant-garde experimented with systems, cross-aesthetics and phenomena of the popular culture. It was premiered in 1968 at Aarhus Art Museum with scenography by iconic Danish artist Bjørn Nørgaard.

The performance is both experimental and informal in its form. It is an attempt to create a contemporary opera where the traditional instrumentation is replaced by bass, guitar, accordion and percussion, so it sounds like the format we know from the beat music.

The opera takes place at Copenhagen Contemporary, and on stage are four singers together with the internationally renowned ensemble Apartment House (UK). The opera is performed with brand new scenography created by the two Danish scenographers Rosa Birkedal and Simone Bartholin, who, through talks with Bjørn Nørgaard, have reinterpreted the opera’s performative and scenographic concept.

Henning Christiansen was a Danish composer and visual artist. He was a part of the experimental art school ‘The Ex-school’ as well as the international and cross-disciplinary Fluxus movement.

“You must listen to nature,” Henning Christiansen said and coloured one of his ears green. His violin, beers and a whole lot more too.

Throughout his life, Henning Christiansen collaborated with several distinctive characters on the experimental art scene with names like Terry Riley and Joseph Beuys as the most prominent ones. Also, he and his friend Bjørn Nørgaard carried out numerous spectacular actions from the 1960s and until Christiansen’s death 10 years ago – just think of the legendary 1970’s ‘Hesteofringen’. Furthermore, Henning has composed music for several films by people like Jørgen Leth and Per Kirkeby.

In recent years there has been a growing demand for Henning Christiansen visual arts and compositions from abroad. ‘Opus 37: Lovely weather today, n’est-ce pas, Ibsen’ is performed in New York in October in connection with the exhibition Henning Christiansen Retrospective at Blank Forms, and next year, another show will open in Los Angeles. Several of Christiansen’s compositions have recently been re-published internationally on vinyl and cassette.

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