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F 20. Sep

Birds of Ill Omen / Tartu Uus Teater / Tartu 2024


Tartu city | Tartu Uus Teater

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Performance “Birds of Ill Omen” is a part of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 main programme. Performance is addressing LGBTQ+ community, therefore connecting it with Tartu 2024 artistic concept Arts of Survival where knowledge, skills and values such as “Uniqueness” and “Co-creation” has a central role to play.

“One must live to build one´s house and not build one’s house to live in (…) And besides, for one “living” shell, how many dead ones there are! For one inhabited shell, how many are empty!” – Gaston Bachelard

“Birds of Ill Omen” is a theatre performance contextualizing and problematizing medicalization of the Queer body. What are ways for the queer community to self-identify while also maintaining a productive relationship with the medical community? How can the queer body identify itself when, on the one hand, it has been defined by medicine and, on the other, by popular fabulation? Through his own HIV diagnosis, Leven explores the many roles he, as HIV-positive, must play both socially and in the LGBTQ+ environment. The work explores the tension between science and personal identity in heteronormative contexts, drawing on both the performer’s experiences and Queer History.
“Birds of Ill Omen” is the second solo performance by Corentin JPM, and is co-created with Ann Mirjam Vaikla, Kim Reenskaug, and Ulf Nilseng.

This visual performance sets itself in a space filled with memories and desires. A place between the construction of a monument and the striking silence of a memorial, a space between science and self-definition.

Duration: 60 Minutes.

Corentin JPM Leven is a Franco-Norwegian artist who resides in Oslo. He completed his education in scenography at the Norwegian Theater Academy and later diversified into multi-disciplinary practices after graduating in 2015. Leven’s artistic style is a blend of movement and scenic architecture. In 2020, Leven made his debut as a director and performer with the performance titled “+-“.

Leven’s work is deeply connected to the heritage and history of the Queer community. By drawing on personal experiences, Leven delves into a range of issues related to Queer identity, the Queer body, the Queer community, and Queer history. Leven’s main focus is to explore the space between memory and monument. In 2019, Leven received the Norwegian Art Working Grant in scenography, and in 2023-2024, received the Norwegian Art Working Grant in acting.

Performer: Corentin JPM Leven
Scenography: Ann Mirjam Vaikla​
Composer, musician: Kim Reenskaug / Wow Sailor
Physical advisor: Ulf Nilseng
Co-production: Narva Art Residency, Black Box teater, DansiT
Supported by: Arts Council Norway, The Fritt Ord Foundation, Municipality of Oslo, Fond for lyd og bilde, Fund for Performing Artists, DansiT, European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024

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Lai 37, Tartu, Tartu maakond, Eesti

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