Knock on Unpainted Wood / Mute Comp Physical Theatre (DK)

First part of the trilogy on the biggest illegal economies: Sex, Weapons & Drugs.

In Knock on Unpainted Wood, the audience is led into the everyday life of a victim of sex trafficking. The performance is the first part of a trilogy on the biggest illegal economies. Hereby, Mute Comp. continues the tradition of working on heavy and complex themes – the unbearable issues, which we tend to avoid in our daily lives.

The title Knock on Unpainted Wood comes from a Polish proverb, much the same as the English expression ‘knock on wood’ – something you say when you think you may have tempted fate. All victims of sextrafficking are initially full of hope for a better future, but in the end everything they hoped for turns into a lie with horrifying consequences and a tragic ending.

With their unique physical language Mute Comp. wants to show trafficking as a cruel reality.

"Strong and expressive dance performance on trafficking of women" - JYLLANDSPOSTEN, 29.08.10

"Mute Comp. has a mission with their art. Knock on Unpainted Wood is exciting, strong and originally performed and very expressive" - KULTUNAUT, 31.08.10

"Once again Mute Comp. proves to create a wayward narrative room shaped by forcefull raw dance hitting the viewer directly" - TEATERBLOGGEN, 29.08.10

CONCEPT AND CHOREOGRAPHY: Kasper Ravnhøj in cooperation with Jacob Stage and the cast.

DANCERS AND PERFORMERS: Kasper Ravnhøj, Jacob Stage, Tiziana Fracchiolla, Maxim Jo-Beck McGosh, Marie Bergby Handeland and Thomas Bentin.

COMPOSITION, WORDS AND LIVE MUSIC: Marta Rogalsdóttir (vocal, flutes), Pawel Rychert (keyboards, electronica) and Whistler Rogalsson (bas).

SET DESIGN: Johan Kølkjær.

COSTUMES: Johan Kølkjær and Camilla Lind. 

LIGHT DESIGN: Michael Breiner.

SOUND CONSULTANCE: Rasmus O. Hansen.

DRAMATURGE: Anne Hübertz Brekne.

OPERATOR LIGHT/SOUND: Nuno Antonio Neto.

ADMINISTRATION AND PR: Ulla Katrine Friis.

TRAILERS AND CAMPAIGN PHOTO: Jacob Stage.

PRESS PHOTOS: Søren Meisner.

DURATION: 60 min.

Premiered in 2010 in Dansehallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark.

KNOCK ON UNPAINTED WOOD was supported by StatensKunstråds Scenekunstudvalg, Københavns Scenekunstudvalg,Wilhelm Hansen Fonden, Augustinus Fonden, Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck´s Fond, Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond, Sonning Fonden, Den Polske Ambassade og Carlsberg.