The Light Forest

Kapuzinerberg – Sommerszene Salzburg in 2010 and 2011

In this site-specific walk, Mette Ingvartsen choreographs the experience of spectators walking through the forest at night. The walk was a 45 min up hill journey that started at the Mozart sculpture on the Kapuzinerberg and finished at the Franziskischlössl at the top of the mountain. The spectators were invited to follow LED lights that were place on threes and in bushed throughout the forest. In a big group, like a nomadic people, the spectators wandered through the forest, experiencing the transformation of a known nature space. The forest was transformed into a performative site with all its theatrical potential.

“When I was asked what I would do in Salzburg if I would work site-specifically, I immediately thought about the proximity between the city and the nature around it. I was struck by the fact that Salzburg is surrounded by mountains, and curious to find out what kind of relationship the citizens of the city would have to this natural environment. I was interested in producing a difference in a space the spectators would already be familiar with. I was also very fascinated by the idea that a performance could use a real space as its location, interested in how to bring out the performative aspects of the forest after dark. The beauty, but also the connotations of horror and fear produced by the forest after dark was to me exciting. But maybe more than anything the proposition was about how to make a performance that would activate the bodies of the spectators and ask them to participate by simply walking along. “ Mette Ingvartsen

The Artificial Nature Series

The Light Forest is one of five works in The Artificial Nature Series created between 2009 – 2012. The interest in fictionalizing and choreographing natural phenomena started with evaporated landscapes, a performance installation devoid of human presence where the act of performing itself was given over to materials like bubbles, foam, fog, sounds and light. In 2010 and 2011 The Extra Sensorial Garden, The Light Forest and Speculations followed. In the latter an interests in non-human agency was elaborated by making a discursive practice performance using language to conceptually prefigure The Artificial Nature Project that concluded the series in 2012.

Concept: Mette Ingvartsen
Production: szene Salzburg
Production Management Salzburg: Andrea Kahlhammer
Technical Director: Wolfgang Weissgerber
Rigging: Flo Ilsanker and Udo Kirchmayer
Thanks to: www.mk-illumination.com and www.schurrer.at