Song Circus


Song Circus, by Steinar Engelsen
  • event type:Classical:NEXT 16 showcase
  • date:27 May 2016
  • time:20:30 - 21:00 CEST
  • city/area:Rotterdam
  • venue:De Doelen, Jurriaanse Zaal (first floor)
  • country:Netherlands
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


Liv Runesdatter - artistic director and vocalist
Stine Janvin Motland - vocalist
Anita Kaasbøll - vocalist
Maria Norseth Garli - vocalist
Eva Bjerga Haugen - vocalist
Jonas Skartveit Rogne - batonist
Dag Egil Njaa - electronics

Norwegian ensemble Song Circus is comprised of five vocalists, and the music they make is thrilling, demanding, and light-years removed from traditional choral music. Song Circus’ debut album ‘Anatomy of Sound’ marked the beginning of a five-year campaign involving eight projects from some 15 composers.

‘Anatomy of Sound’ showcases the work of two of those composers, Ruben Sverre Gjertsen and Ole-Henrik Moe. Their pieces are jangled and nervous. Thick vocal textures are interwoven with washes of digital sound. A singer’s whisper morphs into a full-throated roar, then yields to near-subliminal mouth percussion.

Just as unique, Song Circus’ stage setup surrounds the audience, positioning them within the ensemble so they can act as co-conspirators in the performance.