Bel Horizon by Le G. Bistaki (FR) – Spectacular world premiere at Kykkelsrud Kraftverk

Welcome to a magnificent and spectacular experience at the venerable Kykkelsrud Kraftverk in Askim! Bel Horizon is a unique traveling performance created by the internationally renowned company Le G. Bistaki in collaboration with Østfold kulturutvikling and local performers.

With a distinctive visual expression, surrealism and humor, G. Bistaki has thrilled audiences all over the world. In 2014 and 2015, the company charmed the Norwegian audience with its performances Cooperatzia (The Trail) and The Baïna Trampa Fritz Fallen at Verket Moss (former Peterson paper mill). Now Askim will be the venue for the world premiere of their new production. In Bel Horizon, the locals are a central part of the artwork, and residents of Askim and the surrounding area will participate both in the design of the content and in the performance.

The title Bel Horizon can allude to both a beautiful view and a beautiful future. In magnificent surroundings, G. Bistaki invites you into a universe that opens up to emotions and senses – and to imagine another world. Transformation and change is a recurring theme in both the traveling performance and the artistic elaboration of the place into an all-encompassing installation.

Practical info:
The performance is a total experience that lasts approx. 2.5 hours. There will be breaks along the way. NB! Parts of the performance take place outdoors and in parts of the old power plant which are unfortunately not adapted for universal access. We will move at a leisurely pace, but we encourage you to dress according to the weather conditions and with comfortable shoes.
Where: Kykkelsrud kraftverk, Kykkelsrudveien 170, Askim
(By car, Kykkelsrud power plant is a 10-minute drive from Askim train station.)

Subject to registration, a bus will be set up from the largest cities to / from Kykkelsrud power plant on some days:

  • Bus to/from Moss – Wednesday 18. September:
    Departure at 19:15 from the bus stop in Skoggata (formerly Fleischersgt.) by Arena, Moss church and culture center.
  • Bus to/from Fredrikstad via Sarpsborg –  Saturday 21. September:
    Departure at 18:45 from the bus pocket in Kirkebrygga / Bankbrygga at the intersection to Vibesgate.
    Stops in Sarpsborg approx. at 19:15 at the bus stop Quality Hotel Sarpsborg, just by the roundabout
  • Buss to/from Oslo – Saturday 14. September and Saturday 21. September:
    Departure at 19:00 from Dansens Hus, Vulkan 1.

Bus transport requires advance booking. Select “ticket included” and the desired bus when you buy a ticket for the show. Bus to and from Kykkelsrud power plant costs NOK 50. Limited number of seats. Buy tickets here >>

If you have purchased a NonStop festival pass, you can buy a ticket for the show with or without a bus by only paying the ticket fee.

By and with: G.Bistaki (FR) in collaboration with local performers and Østfold dansekompani for ungdom
Artists: Katja Andersen, Florent Bergal, Marjorie Caillé, Sylvain Cousin, Nicanor de Elia, Florencia Demestri, Natalia Fandino, Luz Fernandez, Julie Garnier, Francois Juliot
Lighting: Hugo Oudin Video: Guillaume Bautista
Technical Manager: Remi Bernard
Local performers: Aslak Aftenstierne, Line Theres Aune Braset
Østfold dansekompani for ungdom: Ellen Margrete Røhr-Staff (manager), Ylva Muller Boman, Aurora Tvete-Berger Amdam Helland, Anna Helle, Karin Holmquist, Hanna Hommeren, Bethina Juelsen, Anaís Morel, Alexandra Myhre, Mina Nybøle, Sunniva Ruud, Mariel Levie Reinoso Sveen
Produced by: Østfold kulturutvikling avd. Scenekunst
In collaboration with: E-CO Energi and Askim municipality
Finanical support: IN SITU European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space, through EU cultural programme Creative Europe.  Institut Français and Ville de Toulouse.
Local partners: Sørby Utleie, Stiftelsen Askim prestegård, Bakgården catering, Askim frivillighetssentral, Delta gjenbruk and Askim historielag.

The performance is produced as part of the European collaboration IN SITU European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space, supported by the EU Creative Europe program.

Bel Horizon has received mobility aid by the IN SITU ACT project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. IN SITU European Platform for Art in Public Space is co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Performing arts outside the theater hall

Here, curator James Moore tells more about Scenekunst Østfold’s projects in public spaces and why we work with site-specific performing arts. (Video by Antero Hein, photo by Derek Bateman and Harald Fossen).