Frozen Songs, Opening Ceremony of Shanghai Project Chapter 2, 2017


In 2008, an old dream of the United Nations finally saw the light: on the island of Svalbard, one of the safest and most peaceful places in the world, a large warehouse was built 120 meters inside a mountain. In the middle of the “permafrost”, a thick layer of soil that never melts, the Global Seed Vault was established. Since its opening eight years ago, 840.000 samples of  seeds have been deposited in the Vault.

The seed is a source of life, the beginning of everything, and the Vault (also known as the “Doomsday Vault”) represents the need to protect it at all costs. As long as there are seeds, there is hope; everything that die, could blossom once again. These “frozen songs”, resting in the depth of a mountain close to the North Pole, could one day save the world.

Inspired by the Seed Vault in Svalbard, artists from different countries and different disciplines are exploring each other’s artistic language in search of a common ground: from the subtle expressions of the dancers to the huge multimedia push, from the naturalness and intuitiveness of the body language to the highly technically advanced mapping projection technology, from visual expansion to transcending electronic music.

Among them are Norwegian cho{ԌE{Ԍhannessen (Zerovisibility Corp), Chinese multimedia artists Feng Jiangzhou and Zhang Lin (Sifenlv Studio), and Belgian music duo Stray Dogs.

Ina Christel Johannessen is one of Norway’s most renowned dance artists and founder of zero visibility corp. Her choreographies explore opposites that are constantly changing; One hundred percent physical, and full of energy and poetry.

The sought-after Johannessen additionally works for international companies such as Ballet de Monte Carlo, CCDC Hong Kong, and Cullberg Ballet. Ina received the Critics Award for Ambra with Iceland Dance Company/Carte Blanche. The close relationship with Carte Blanche in Bergen is significant, resulting in 14 full-evening works.

In addition, Sadler’s Wells, London, Harbour front Centre,Toronto, Grec Festival, Barcelona, and Sydney Opera House have presented the company since they started touring internationally in 2003. Colombia Moya, La Jornada Mexico describes the choreographer’s skills: “Ina knows how to observe and draw the dance from the body, free, honest, and with formidable impact.”