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If Only is a choreographic work by Lisa Colette Bysheim.  The performance emerges in the encounter between movement, sound and voices weaving a bodily and textual landscape. The intersection of verbal language and choreography is probed by five performers, playfully exploring the construction of language - and how it moves. 


If Only opens up a space for possible meanings and connections to arise in multi-linear ways.

Working within a pliable form, the performers move with ambiguity and subtleness, creating an array of potentialities. Through risk and playful listening strategies, the work examines the building blocks of language and its pre-established social constructions. The sound design explores a sonic complexity of the human voice through digitally processed recordings, live input, and sounds created from its decomposition into its fundamental parts - pure sine tones and noise.

It was Bysheim´s graduating work from her Masters in Choreography at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. 


Concept & Choreography  Lisa Colette Bysheim

Mentors: Janne-Camilla Lyster & Ingrid Berger Mhyre

Sound design: Mike McCormick

Light design: Eirik Lie Hegre

Photographer of process: Takumi Morozumi

Costume designers: Nathan Neyaro, Clara Carstensen Heinius, Linus Saxvik


Putli Hellesen, Emilie Marie Karlsen, Anu Laiho, 

Venla Niitemaa & Ole Marius Støle. 

Length: 45 mins

Supported by: KHIO MA Choreography program

Special thanks to Per Roar Thorsnes, Anne-Grete Eriksen & Bojana Cvejic


- 29th October 2020 Oktoberdans, Bergen. Progress Sharing

- 19th March 2021     Premiere, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway

- 22nd March 2021   Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway

- 23rd March 2021    Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway

- 24th March 2021    Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway

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