Engram had it’s premiere in Stockholm 2013 and for each new city a specific version is produced and is based on its predecessor, writing new storylines for new sites. The Reykjavik version was produced in a collaboration with Inner Ear (Innra eyrað) and performed at The Reykjavik Arts Festival in may 2015. In Copenhagen Engram was produced in a collaboration with Third Ear and performed at The Metropolis festival in august 2015.
Our research is based on documentary interviews with people in the last weeks of their lives. Discussions about their regrets of their lives. During the interviews we realize a phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom.
Engram is an immersive audio walk for a group of people, where everything is playing a part, from the moment the audience puts on their headphones, they become part of the play that’s surrounds them. The audience becomes both actor and spectator, they are divided into two groups and here different instructions in their headphones. For a while each audience member becomes an actor and another person is becoming the spectator, almost like watching a movie, that they play them selves. They hear memories from the past, a sound memo to someone who is still alive, a voice that is recorded days before the person died to someone who now is starting to answer to it. A narrative who changes perspective from them to you. It becomes a moment to reflect on your own life, all the things you take for granted.
What if you only had 640 breaths left.
CONCEPT/IDEA: TOMAS RAJNAI AND JENS NIELSEN
NORDIC PARTNERS: THIRD EAR AND INNRA EYRAÐ
GRAPHIC DESIGN: LEON & CHRIS DESIGN
STOCKHOLM CAST: KATARINA EWERLÖF, BJÖRN ANDERSSON AND LISA HOLMQVIST
COPENHAGEN/REYKJAVIK CAST: JO RIDEOUT, STEFAN MARLING AND JOANNA DAHLGREN.
The Engram Nordic Tour is founded by, The Swedish Arts Council, Nordic Culture Fund, Nordic Culture Point, The city of Stockholm and The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.