Still from when playing the Stringed Stirrups at Tou Scene, Ny Musikk, Stavanger, norway 2002. Then, when you click play, you will see me briefly explain (in swedish) how I got the idea to the Stringed Stirrups, in front of a recording from Oslo Impro 1997. Then, a clip where I perform the Stringed Stirrups at MAF/Ungdomens Hus on Högriskfestivalen, Malmö 2002. For best sound, please use good speakers or headphones! Those good low notes don't come through on small computer speakers...

[Bergmark playing the Stringed Stirrups]
Photo from video © by Alejandro Vega-Fredes at HDK, Göteborg '95.

The Stringed Stirrups (formerly called the Angel Strings) is literally walking on a vertical tightrope. I am playing two piano strings that are suspended from the ceiling, with me hanging in the lower end. The strings go through loops on a resonator (like the Butter Bass) that is tied around my chest. I give tension to the strings with my weight between the feet that stand in stirrups attached in the lower end of the strings. It is played with two bows and specially made wooden beaters. Sometimes the longitudinal vibrations of the strings are excited. It is amplified with a contact microphone.

[Playing the Stringed Stirrups in Helsinki]
Playing the Stringed Stirrups at Exit International Festival for Unusual Live Performances in Helsinki, finland.
[Closeup of the Stringed Stirrups]
A closer look at the instrument itself, from Bomuldsfabriken, Arendal, norway.
[Bergmark playing the Stringed Stirrups]
Bergmark playing the Stringed Stirrups in OSLO IMPRO 1997, photo © by Gudrun Edel-Rösnes.

[Playing the Stringed Stirrups in Bandung]
[Playing the Stringed Stirrups in Bandung]
From the festival B+PAC in Bandung, indonesia april 2004; photos © by Arai Shin-ichi, japan.
[Playing the Stringed Stirrups in Malmö]
From a performance at
[Playing the Stringed Stirrups in Malmö]
Dansstationen, Malmö.
[Playing the Stringed Stirrups in Linköping]
From a performance at
[Playing the Stringed Stirrups in Linköping]
Alka, Linköping.
[Playing the Stringed Stirrups in Reykjavik]
From a performance at
[Playing the Stringed Stirrups in Reykjavik]
Nordic Music Days in Reykjavik, Iceland 2006. Here I use bows.
[Playing the Stringed Stirrups in Reykjavik]
From a performance at
[Playing the Stringed Stirrups in Reykjavik]
Nordic Music Days in Reykjavik, Iceland 2006. Here I use beaters.

Look at a performance with the Stringed Stirrups in streaming video from the Splintermind web page! At about 8 minutes, something dramatic happens... This is from a Lava, Kulturhuset concert, Stockholm 2001. [The link doesn't work right now, I'm checking out how to find this clip at present.]

Listen to the Stringed Stirrups in Real Audio.


Fragments of the performance at Alytus Biennial 1, International festival of experimental art, BEWARE! POLITICS!, Alytus, lithuania, Friday August 26.


From 8th OKNO international meetings of young theatre 2004 (part 2) (at Teatr Kana, Szczecin, pl). From 1'52 to 2'33 a clip from "Stringed Stirrups".


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