Tree Talks is a practice that is part of CoSA.
From 2018-2022 through all four seasons, the Tree Talks project will visit four old, prominent and venerable city trees in Oslo. The tallest trees towering the urban landscape were planted over 200 years ago. They have seen the city change and grow, in parallel to their own roots.Through meditation and other methods to awake the sensuous, we spend time and enter dialogue with each tree.
LATERNA has invited four other artists, one for each tree, to join the practice; Terje Tjøme Mossige, Fernanda Branco, Pernille Bønkan and Ingvild Langgård/Margrethe Pettersen. In addition, Sara Rönnbäck and Daniel Slåttnes are involved in meeting all four trees throughout the period, as well as Per Platou and Ulrik Ibsen Thorsrud have come in at a later stage when realising our artistic responses. Based on the ‘conversations’ with each tree, we develop responses in the form of performative work that we invite the audience along to experience.
LATERNA seeks out to find alternative entering points to choreography. Tree Talks strive to allow something to occur – rather than focusing on producing. Together we listen into what is present and experience a different spending of time.
During three weeks in September 2020 LATERNA, Terje Tjøme Mossige and Fernanda Branco shared the practice with the old Copper Beech at Our Saviour’s Cemetery in Oslo.
Martin Lervik wrote about his experience meeting with the old Copper Beech September 2020 in Norsk Shakespeare tidsskrift (in Norwegian) in a joint review with Marie Bergby Handeland´s ‘Kirkedanseren’. (Read the whole review here in full (behind payment wall):
(The part concerning ‘Kirkedanseren’ alone is removed here in the attachment: Link!)
More sharings will come in Juni 2022.
Click images bellow to see more photos from the different Tree Talks: