What the Body Does Remember


Silje Aker Johnsen - singer, dancer and co-developer Erik Dæhlin - composer and director.

The performance at Cycle Music and Art Festival is the first in a series of four workshops on different spots and locations around the Nordic Countries leading to unique work in progress shows for equally unique audiences.

In «What The Body Does Remember» synthetic memories and personal memories and experiences are intertwined into a type of auto drama for the performer in relation to the specific site. Then is just another kind of now; different memories get uncovered when she constantly visits these as re-tellings and bodily deposits.

The project is supported by Nordic - Baltic Mobility Programme, Music Norway and Arts Council Norway.

Silje Aker Johnsen

Silje is educated at the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen, Universität der Künste, Berlin and holds a master degree in classical singing from the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo. She has during her studies and career had a strong focus on the contemporary music repertory in addition to the barock and classical vocal repertory. She works with different scenic expressions and performance settings.

She has interpreted roles as Io in The Io Passion by Harrison Birthwistle with Berliner Kammeroper in Konzerthaus Berlin and the female main part in A Gentle Spirit by John Tavener with the same company. Silje performed as a singer and performer at The National Theatre of Norway and has also worked as a dancer in the Polish Dance Theatre. She has performed in dance music pieces like Thousand Rooms, with choreography by Gunhild Bjørnsgaard and music by Georges Aperghis at the Coda International Dance Festival, Oslo and in festivals in France.  

Silje has world premiered numerous vocal pieces and has guested festivals like Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Die Donaueschinger Musiktage, Ultima Contemporary Music Festival and Bergen International Festival. Silje was granted the Norwegian Government Grants for Young Artists in 2011/2012. 

Website: http://www.siljeakerjohnsen.no/


Erik Dæhlin

Composer and performing artist, educated at the conservatory in Tromsø, The Academy of Fine Art in Oslo and studies in composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Since 1998 he has composed solo and chamber music, as well as electro-acoustic music for musicians and ensembles such as Karin Hellqvist, Håkon Stene, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, MiN Ensemble, Oslo Camerata, Ensemble neoN, Liv Glaser, NING, Pinquins, BIT20, NRK, Oslo Sinfonietta among others. His music has been performed at the World Music Days in Hong Kong, Nordic Music Days, Ultima Festivalen, Instalakcje and in several other European venues and festivals.

Dæhlin is particularly concerned with instrumental- and music theater – musical genres that integrates different kinds of performative material, that unfolds in and beyond the music and in context to the performance space. By himself seen as different hybrid art works, where he compose and devise with musical, visual and textual material making conglomerate forms of sound based art.

The recent years Dæhlin has made scenic productions and concerts as well as various forms of live-/concert installations such as “Our Picture is Continuous Fractions”, ”Bildebeskrivelse/Bildbeschreibung/Description of a Picture”, “On Return to Scale”, “Desiring Machines,” “Absence is the Only Real” and “Forvandlinger” - an ongoing project with the poet Gunnar Wærness.

Website: http://www.erikdaehlin.no/