HIDE AND SEEK   the theater event


  words by Paul Auster
  music by Michael Mantler
  directed by Rolf Heim
  choreography by Tim Feldmann
  scenography by Sisse Jørgensen
  light design by Esben Slotmann Jensen

        Susi Hyldgaard
        Per Jørgensen

       Charlotte Munksgaard
       Pauli Ryberg

       Victoria May / Tina Højlund
       Tim Le Roux

  January 29 - Feb 16, 2002
Copenhagen, Denmark

  March 1- 3, 2002
  Hebbel Theater, Berlin, Germany

Paul Auster (author), American novelist, essayist, and poet,born in 1947. His first prose work The Invention of Solitude was followed by City of Glass, Ghosts and The Locked Room (The New York Trilogy), bringing him international recognition. Other writings include the novels In the Country of Last Things, Moon Palace, The Music of Chance, Leviathan, Mr.Vertigo, Timbuktu, the poetry volumes Unearth and Wall Writing, the essay collections White Spaces, The Art of Hunger and Groundwork, and the autobiographical works The Red Notebook, Why Write and Hand to Mouth. He has been translated into 22 languages and received numerous international awards. He has collaborated with director Wayne Wang on the films Smoke and Blue in the Face, and wrote and directed his own Lulu on the Bridge. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, the writer Siri Hustved, and their daughter. His new novel The Book of Illusions will be published in Denmark by Forlaget PER KOFOD in April 2002.

Michael Mantler (composer), born in Vienna in 1943, went to the USA in 1962, where he formed the Jazz Composer's Orchestra, and eventually the WATT record label. Toured and recorded extensively with Carla Bley and with his own groups. Recorded many albums for WATT, often working with texts of contemporary authors (especially Samuel Beckett), featuring voices from jazz and popular music (e.g. Jack Bruce, Robert Wyatt, Marianne Faithfull). Left the USA in 1991 and moved to Copenhagen, where he now lives and works. New recordings for ECM Records include Folly Seeing All This (with the Balanescu Quartet), Cerco Un Paese Innocente (words by Giuseppe Ungaretti, with Mona Larsen), The School of Understanding ("sort-of-an-opera", with Jack Bruce and many others), and One Symphony (for the Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt). Currently working on a series of concertos for soloists in a variety of instrumental contexts.

Rolf Heim (director), born in Switzerland in 1961, worked as an actor within the physical & visual theatre, and 1996 - 1998 with The Wooster Group in New York (Hairy Ape). After that collaboration, video and american-performance-art became an important part of his work as a director. From 1991 he worked mainly in Copenhagen at theaters like the Betty Nansen Theatre, Kaleidoskop, Kanonhallen, the Gladsaxe theatre and at the National Royal Theatre. Rolf Heim often works as an author & set designer in his own productions (Andy Warhol, Teaterslagteren, Balls and Rupees, Nuremberg Backstage and Lifelines). Since 1998 Rolf Heim has been teaching classes in visual and performance theatre at the Danish National Theater School for directors and set-designers.

Tim Feldmann (choreographer), born in Copenhagen in 1966, has been working as a freelance dancer and choreographer since 1989. The Twin Project was awarded the Jury's Special Prize at Bagnolet's Scandinavian Platform in 1998. The same year Ikon #1 received an Achievement Award from the Danish Art Foundation. Now renowned as one of the most outstanding young choreographers in Denmark, his work receives increasing international recognition. With a hearty appetite for cultural exchange and touring, Feldmanns dance works are being performed at various venues in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, The Faroe Islands, Greenland, The Baltics, Germany, Holland, Poland, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, South Africa, Venezuela, Canada and USA. Since 1995 Feldmann has been creating commissioned works for, among others, Ricochet Dance Co. (UK), Tin Box (DK), New Danish Dance Theatre (DK), Sine Qua Non (GR) and Skånes Dance Theatre (S).

Sisse Jørgensen (set designer), born in Randers in 1970. Degree from Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Århus in 1997, now working as an artist and a freelance set designer. She has among other things created the sets for Futurego.net, an international theatre performance during the Culture Olympiade in Næstved in 2001. Combing theatre and art, she established, in collaboration with Marianne Blichfeldt, a cultural exchange between Tibetan and Danish children in Nepal, India and Denmark. Most recently she designed the sets for Crazy at Kaleidoskop. Sisse Jørgensen has been awarded a "2-årige igangsætter stipendium" by Statens Kunstfond for 2002-03.

Esben Slotmann Jensen (light designer), born in Copenhagen in 1971. He has a degree in theatrical lighting from The Danish National Theater School, from where he graduated in 1999. Esben has been working at Jomfru Ane Theater in Aalborg from 1999 - 2000 and since 2001 as freelance lighting designer for various performances including Crazy (Sisse Jørgensen) and Lifelines (Rolf Heim). In 2001 he received the Louis Poulsen-Sofus foundation grant for a light sculpture. Presently Esben Slotmann Jensen is studying artificial light in architecture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

Susi Hyldgaard
(singer), from Copenhagen, born in 1963, is one of Denmark's most exciting and original multitalented artists (singer, songwriter, instrumentalist). Classically trained as pianist and singer. Has participated in a variety of recordings and performances with, among others, Dalia Faitelson and Marilyn Mazur. She continues to tour throughout Europe with her own band, as well as in duo performances with the bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. Recently she presented a program of her songs in orchestral arrangements with the Copenhagen Art Ensemble. In 1999, she won a GRAMMY for her latest solo album Something Special Just For You. Susi first worked with Michael Mantler in the recording and performances of The School of Understanding and their latest recorded collaboration is Hide and Seek, featuring her voice as well as her accordion playing.

Per Jørgensen (singer), born in Bergen in 1952. Per Jørgensen has been a major creative force in Norway's jazz scene for many years, primarily as trumpet player. Played early on with various bands in Norway, among them the African-inspired Tamma E'Olen. He has toured extensively in Europe, USA, Japan and India, as well as released a number of recordings, the latest one being Jøkleba Live. He has also worked with many other well-known Scandinavian groups, including Pierre Dørge's New Jungle Orchestra, Marilyn Mazur's Pulse Unit and Jon Balke's Magnetic North Orchestra, and has recently appeared in duo performances with singer Cæcilie Norby. Was awarded the Jossa-Jazz Pris and elected "Jazz Musician of the Year" by the Norwegian Jazz Musicians Association. Has previously appeared as singer in Mantler's recording and live productions of The School of Understanding.

Charlotte Munksgaard (actress), born in Virum in 1958. Trained at the Stanislawskij School Tsarens Hof 1983-87 with a focus on method acting. In 1987 Charlotte Munksgaard founded the experimental theatre group "Får 302" together with eight other actors, specializing in the interpretation of absurd modern plays, such as the work of Nicky Silver, Beckett, Botho Strauss, Kafka, Arrabal and Xaver Kreotz. In 1996 "Får 302" received the Danish Award for the "Best Theatre Initiation of the Year" given by the Danish Critics Society. In addition, Charlotte has been touring in Europe with the Street Theatre Group HMF Brændende Kærlighed. She has also participated in film projects, among them the Dogme Movie Et rigtigt menneske by Åke Sandgren.

Pauli Ryberg (actor), born in Nakskov in 1958. Educated at The Danish Acting School, Odense Teater 1985-87. After one year at the Odense Teater he moved to Copenhagen. From 1989-96 he was a part of the theatre group Dr. Dante where he played in Kærlighed, Hamlet, Don Juan, Mågen, Den dag lykken (by Ole Bornedal), American Psycho and I en kælder - and appeared in a number of other plays. In 1997 he became a freelance actor participating in many different big projects in Copenhagen such as Morderenglen (Betty Nansen), Lykke (Husets Teater), Augustine (Kaleidoskop) and Personkreds 3 (by Lars Noren), which won the Reumert Award 1998. Prior to Hide and Seek Pauli has worked with Rolf Heim in Nuremberg Backstage at the Betty Nansen Theatre where he played the part of Albert Speer. In 2001 he received the Olaf Ussings Mindelegat.

Victoria May (dancer), born in Ottawa, Canada in 1975, where she received her dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She has danced with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Ontario Ballet Theater (Canada) before moving to Scandinavia to join the Gothenburg Ballet (Sweden). Now based in Denmark since 1998, she has been engaged at the New Danish Dance Theater as well as working with Gladsaxe Teater and Café Teater in Copenhagen.

Tina Højlund (dancer), born in Copenhagen in 1972. Educated at the Royal Danish Ballet School. Soloist since 1998. Has danced the parts of Teresina in Bournonvilles Napoli, Kitri in Don Quixote, Eleonora in Kermessen i Brügge, as well as many others. She has recently interpreted Birthe in Et Folkesagn. Her more contemporary work includes her parts as Sylfiden in the modern interpretation of Sylfiden at Østre Gasværk and also Dominium and Sweet Complaint by Tim Rushton. Tina Højlund has received the Statoil-legatet in 1995, the Bournonville-legatet in 1997, the Sven Åge Larsens legat in 1998 and Reumerts Talentpris in 1999.

Timothy Le Roux (dancer), born in South Africa in 1972, trained at the National School of the Arts in Drama and as a dance major at the Pretoria Technicon performers college. Performed and choreographed for companies in and around South Africa such as the State Theatre, Playhouse, Vusa and Forgotten Angle Theatre collaborative companies. Most recently has worked as a freelance performer in corporate industrial theatre and musicals like Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar and Grease. Prior to Hide and Seek he has just completed performances at the Holland Dance Festival. Timothy Le Roux has received the award for most outstanding performer in contemporary dance in 1997 and has recently been commissioned to create a new work for the F.N.B Vita Dance Umbrella early 2002 , entitled Monkey.


The result is a well-composed, entertaining and amazingly integrated hour and a half ….. hurry to the theater …..

... it is a pleasure to experience that three arts spheres can meet and complement Paul Austers absurd universe of thought with such well-functioning dynamic interaction.

… an eye- and ear-opening delight with powerful performances by all participants … the show is a daring experimental mixture - and it succeeds.

Pre-recorded music performed by
Roger Jannotta - flute, oboe, clarinets
Michael Mantler - trumpets
Martin Cholewa - french horn
Vincent Nilsson - trombones
Bjarne Roupé - guitars
Susi Hyldgaard - accordion
Tineke Noordhoek - vibraphone, marimba
Per Salo - piano
Marianne Sørensen - violins
Mette Winther - violas
Helle Sørensen - cellos

Music produced by Michael Mantler
Engineer: Lars Palsig

Live Sound: Jens Thomsen
Set Construction: John Griem
Costumier : Hanne Mørup

Producer: Susanne Danig
Public Relations: Camilla Grunnet
Assistant: Tanja Marcher
Administration: Pil Hansen
Graphic Design: Rasmus Koch
Fotos: Gorm Valentin

Texts from Hide and Seek by Paul Auster
Published in Hand to Mouth
by Henry Holt and Company, Inc.
Copyright © Paul Auster 1997
Used by permission

the theater production is based on the
recorded version of HIDE AND SEEK