Multichannel sound design for Per Roar's performance project (2005).
A Rehearsal for Mortals was a performance project trying to embody the process of dying. It was built on an explorative study of the physiology and pathology of death and dying, and the industry surrounding death.
In Per Roar's words:
"My impetus for this project was the gap I observed between social discomfort and natural necessity that marked our relationship to death and dying. This contrast motivated me to look at our mortality as the social context for this second part of the performance trilogy. I wanted to probe into the practical aspect of death and dying through looking at both the bodily processes of dying and the professional work related to the disposal of corpses. The performance developed out of a devised chore- ographic process based on fieldwork and participatory observation as well as informal interviews with professionals who face death, dying, and bereavement in their daily work, such as medical experts, priests, funeral directors and the staff at the municipal crematoria in Oslo."
As a performance, A Rehearsal for Mortals resulted from the collaboration with the cast, who included the contemporary dancers Peder Horgen, Kristianne Mo and Terje Tjøme Mossige, the professional undertakers Stein W. Westad ￼and Jan Erik Larsen. The performance was staged with an extensive application of video projections, shot and edited in co-operation with the video-artist Leif Gaute Staurland.
The performance premiered at Dansens Hus in Oslo October 2005. It was restaged in Belgrade and Oslo in 2006 and further reworked in connection with the conference Close Encounters – Artists on artistic research organized and hosted by the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm in 2007.