Rising Towards the Light, Acrobatic Performance as seen from the balcony. Filmed by © Per Sacklén.

Rising Towards the Light as seen from the floor. Filmed by © Fylkingen.

Rising Towards the Light, Acrobatic Performance


From the press release:

2 piano strings, 4 stirrups, 2 massive hooks, 1 balcony, 7 musicians, 2 assistants, 1 sound technician, 6 bows, 6 beaters, 8 contact mikes, 3 mixers, 1 security belt, 1 helmet, 1 pair of protective goggles, 1 security mattress, 1 lamp

This will be a risk taking and I'm not sure I will succeed.

Two piano strings across the hall of Fylkingen form a rickety rail on which I will attempt to climb along with the aid of stirrups from one side on floor level to the other in balcony level. Six musicians play the free string lengths.

This is a development from my Stringed Stirrups but far more difficult. But if nothing else, the piece will largely consist of the struggle for succeeding. Once again, it will be about walking the tightrope in a musical balance act.

This will happen at:

LJUSFEST, Fylkingen

Assistant: Johan Lindvall * This is in no way a conceptual nor a political work. The title came as a combination of the upwards struggle I try to perform during the piece, and the fact that it premiered at Fylkingen's “Light Party” (Ljusfest) (our version, so to speak, of the alternative Lucia party (a swedish tradition on December the 13th with mixed origins where girls with candles in their hair or hands sing special songs and bring coffee and special Lucia buns) since many years).

But why not make an association with the inspiring and actual text, as long as capitalism reigns, the International, in this case the first verse (in the swedish version, roughly translated to english here):

“Up, slaves of all nations (...) Slave, rise to conquer your freedom. From darkness we walk towards the light, from nothingness we want to become everything.” The rest of the swedish text here, please note also the revolutionary defeatism expressed as “we shoot our generals and sing the praise of brotherhood”, which was taken away by the social democratic leader Branting because of the party's nationalistic betrayal, and the atheist solidarity: “In the height we don't salute the savior, no gods, nor princes stand on our side. No, we want to save ourselves and through unity will our salvation be made.”

“Upp trälar uti alla stater (...) Slav stig upp för att slå dig fri. Från mörkret stiga vi mot ljuset, från intet allt vi vilja bli.”

“vi skjuter våra generaler och sjunger broderskapets sång” vilken ströks av Branting pga socialdemokratins nationalistiska svek, och den ateistiska solidariteten: “I höjden räddarn vi ej hälsa, ej gudar, furstar stå oss bi. Nej, själva vilja vi oss frälsa och samfälld skall vår räddning bli.”

Right or above: “security assistant” Johan Lindvall

PR collage

Fylkingen 2011-12-10

String musicians: Sören Runolf, Lise-Lotte Norelius, Robin McGinley, Katt Hernandez
1 (2) on balcony Katt
1 (2) on the floor by the wall L-L
2 following me while climbing, playing string parts between hands and feet Sören, Robin

1. - Long bowed strokes
2. - Irregular but scarse beats
3. - Short ad lib solo on a string section (the rest playing long bowed strokes)
- Back to 1. etc., next soloist following the circle.
Timing is made spontaneously by listening, ca 20-40 sek per section

Assistant 1.: Johan Lindvall
- Pulling security rope to keep it stretched as I approach the balcony

Assistant 2. (could possibly be one of the central string musicians): Sybrig Dokter
- Following after with the mixer with the cables from the stirrups, keeping out of trouble

Assistant 3.: Joakim Roséen
- Sound technician checking:
1-2 String ends on the floor hooks
1-2 (from the box) Mixer with Stirrups' mikes
3-4 (from the box) String ends on the balcony
- Lamp (all else is black)
- Sound recording

Assistant 4.: Pelle Sacklén, Jocke R, Magnus Johansson, unknown
- Filming
Robin, Lise-Lotte and Sören bowing the strings
Robin, Lise-Lotte and Sören bowing the strings

Sören and Robin playing
Sören and Robin playing

Sören and Robin playing
Sören and Robin playing

Sybrig following with the mixer
Sybrig following with the mixer

Sören playing
Sören playing

Reaching the light, and Katt
Reaching the light, and Katt

Contemplating with the audience afterwards
Contemplating with the audience afterwards. Pictures © by Denis Romanovski.

An edited video recording might be available some time, but has to wait a bit becuse of technical problems. Meanwhile, also enjoy the cutup version below, made from the filming of a visitor friend.

strängteori och praktik from magnus johansson.
om natten, fylkingen, 10 december. johannes bergmark segar sig upp mot ljuset, samtidigt som dynamitpartyt böljar tvärs över fjärden.

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Updated the 15th of June, 2019.