FOR PIANO AND STICK
2016 / 17
NEXT PERFORMANCES 11 - 12 OCTOBER
“Diverting, energetic, vaudevillian... The range of reference is dizzying. Using her stick for everything from mic-stand to lightsaber, Theil Have channels Charlie Chaplin, a revolutionary on the barricades or a torch-song singer with equal ease.
Kodjabashia’s music covers a gamut of styles from Debussy-like reverie and spiky tango to late-night jazz and threatening, pulsating bass. He wrangles an extraordinary range of timbre and texture from his prepared piano – muffled strings mimic ghostly chimes or objects wedged between them create a metallic twang.
...a kaleidoscope of sketch, pastiche and vaudevillian buffoonery held together with a two-metre staff and Peter Oswald’s deceptively simple, mesmeric verse.”
Dave Hollander, The Stage, October 2016
"Have and Kodjabashia have real chemistry, a playful, human one. The piece becomes more moving, with Kodjabashia’s beautiful, cinematic score and the way he plays you know you’re in the presence of a true artist, while Have’s movement becomes stripped down and doubles in it’s powerful clarity."
Ryan Gilmartin, North Westend, October 2016
"Captivating music, precise movements and words in varying rhythms, catchy song, rousing dance - these are the ingredients deftly spun together managing to surprise, move and amuse us."
"Mia Theil Have manages to constantly surprise, she always did, here going from delicate nordic fairy frailty to incredible strength, co-ordination and body control."
"Mia transforms the stick into just about everything, and it is great fun! So are the skirmishes between the two performers; their conflicts upliftingly dynamic."
Holstebro Dagblad, September 2016
Moving between contemporary classical, world music and jazz, SCHERZO for piano and stick opens up a unique dialogue with storytelling rooted in the body and intense physical movement.
The result is a roller coaster of shifting images and emotions, a kaleidoscope of imaginative transformations with a humorous dimension and a touch of the bizarre and unsettling.
Composer Nikola Kodjabashia performs on prepared piano, as well as using voice and percussion a newly composed chamber piece. Mia Theil Have performs with a 1.90m long wooden stick as an integral part of her fast-paced, meticulously crafted theatre with costume by Luis F.Carvalho and new texts/lyrics by writer Peter Oswald.
The piece pays homage to Oswaldo Cavendoll’s La Linea while giving free rein to the wit and iconic stage language of Odin Teatret's Tage Larsen.