brigitte & paula band is a performance band and theater ensemble formed by Maria Ramvi, Camilla Vislie and Stine Janvin Motland in 2008.
Inspired by feminist literature, science and art, brigitte & paula band talks about gender identity, violence, love and power by creating scenes that combine physical theatre traditions with experimental music.
Stemmer fra underetasjen (2013)
Tou Scene and Black Box teater (NO)
With lyrics inspired by Elfriede Jelinek and Ingeborg Bachmann a love story without love is being played out. brigitte & paula are investigating. Did someone disappear? Or were they lost? Killed? There was a murder, and now they can´t seem to escape from the crime scene. brigitte & paula band invites the audience along on an investigation on multiple levels. It is not just about finding or not finding who to blame, but to try to understand the truth, that is if the truth really exist. Is there such a thing as a true, individual choice?
«A day will come, they will be free, all people will be free, even from the freedom they had intended.» – Ingeborg Bachmann
Consept, script, directing: Maria Ramvi og Camilla Vislie. Music, sound, composision: Stine Janvin Motland og Lasse Marhaug. Scenography: Signe Becker. Performers: Brigitte: Camilla Vislie, Paula: Maria Ramvi, Stine: Stine Janvin Motland, Lasse: Lasse Marhaug. Supported by: Fond for lyd og bilde, Fond for utøvende kunstnere, Stavanger Kommune, Komponistenes vederlagsfond and Norsk Kulturråd.
The Garden (2012)
Tou Scene, Hovefestivalen and Black Box teater (NO)
Performed at the festival Tou Camp and Hovefestivalen, and during Oslo Kulturnatt at Black Box Theatre in 2013
A deconstructed tribute to PJ Harvey. The creators Brigitte and Paula escapes from the seminar to follow their dream: To recreate paradise. But unable to avoid the great fall of sind, they loose track of Adam in the woods, and Eve is buried on an open stage. Review by Birgitta Haga Gripsrud: http://toucamp.posterous.com/brigitte-og-paula-band
If I Lay (2011)
Black Box teater, Oslo (NO)
Covering Pj Harvey´s “To talk to you”. Blinded, half dressed, and half suffocated by plastic exctensions crawling down their throats, B&P-band try to offer a sincere performance. With instruments hidden in their hair-ball-heads, they accompany themselves through the piece titled “If I Lay”. On drums: Brage Törmänen.
Opening of festival Tou Camp “Transformation”, Stavanger (NO)
Distracting performance of a transformed version of Transformers title song from -84, while Big Sister is secretely controlling the masses.
Big Sister team: Mona Solhaug & Jimmie Jonasson. On drums: Bendik Andersson
33 sanger fra underetasjen (2009)
Grusomhetens Teater, Oslo (NO)
“33 sanger fra underetasjen” (“33 songs from the floor below”). A basement-dark musical about love; the dream, the required pursuit and the pain when it’s (not) coming. Love stories without love, and women’s destinies that are not different than the examples of women’s destinies. But, after all, in a beautiful setting. In an effort to explore female subjectivity and the love´s terms and conditions, we witness “the good Example”, who have accepted the prevailing regime and treats both herself, the man and the dream as goods. She will quite simply own and keep. “The bad Example” on the other hand, will not only own and keep, she would also like it to be beautiful. She won’t let go of the prince of her dreams, the love ,their illusions and their own freedom of choice, and “one get what one deserves”.
Based on the novel “Women as lovers” by Elfriede Jelinek, directed and written by Ramvi and Vislie, music by Janvin Motland.
“Konsertperformance med Brigitte & Paula band” (2008)
Sound of Mu, Oslo (NO) and Tou Scene, Stavanger (NO)
Based on Carol Kings hit song “Natural woman” and Elfriede Jelineks novel “Women as lovers”. Script by Ramvi and Vislie, music arrangements by Janvin Motland. On drums: Ståle Liavik Solberg