1144 is a research about distance: The 1144 kilometres between Oslo and Amsterdam, the cultural differences and the language barrier. Even when people try to avoid all such differences, there still remains a personal distance: the struggle to look each other in the eyes, to genuinely listen and see. How can two people bridge the distance, really connect and understand the other?
1144 is a psychosocial and physical exploration where the performers use their bodies as the main research object and tool. They won’t talk about this struggle, but dive into it: They will exchange their houses, jobs, family and friends in Oslo and Amsterdam for one week, to live each other’s lives. An important leitmotif through the research and performance will be the Balcony-scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It will be performed using several different approaches, like an impossible attempt to speak each other's mother tongue..
Performance artists Tom Jaspers van Huijkelom from the Netherlands and Lise Andrea Grimelund-Kjelsen from Norway met at Archa Theater’s summer course in 2018. They immediately found an artistic connection which they now are developing further. Archa Theater has invited them for a residency at their theater. Therefore the two will meet again, across both of their boarders, to create a performance about their mutual research on connection and relation. The research will start out from Oslo and Amsterdam, to end in Prague at Archa theater.