KNOTS is a hybrid feature film and performance through which I explore issues related to relationships, gender and family, based on a real family situation in Paris. In collaboration with an actor-couple and their 4-year-old daughter, I create a fictional story about a family of three. The family conflict is shown as a huis clos, seen through the eyes of the child.
Based on a real family situation in Oslo, I stage a family of 5 on stage 7 at khio together with the filmed material.
Are these two worlds able to communicate?
As part of the master's program at the Oslo Academy of the Arts, I explore methods for how to use techniques from the theater tradition to develop a hybrid landscape between performing arts and audiovisual works.
All happy families are alike,
but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way
(Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, 1878)
Director of film and stage:
Actors on stage: Cecilie, Andreas, Ingrid, Liv and Åse Solberg Knudsrød
Actors in the film: Christine, Julien and Enora Marcland.
Aurelie and Antoine Debombourg, Romy Bousquet, Romain Lemire, Nefeli Papadimouli, Julie Ramage and Siri Bråtveit.
Cinematographer: Ingrid Liavaag and Youssef Chebbi
Editing: Ingrid Liavaag and Nikolai Lieblein
Music and sound composition for film and stage: Natali Abrahamsen Garner
Sound on set: Siri Bråtveit
Set design: Nikolai Lieblein and Lea Agathe Basch
Video mapping and lighting: Oscar Udbye
Supervisors: Jesper Halle, Carle Lange, Saskia Holmkvist, Anne Holtan, Deise Nunes, Tore Vang Lid With support from the Oslo Academy of the Arts, the Southern Norwegian Film Center and the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris. Thanks to: Silje Lindberg and Petra Casale, Malene Oppheim at Amodei Visuals, Ole Marius Dahl, Marte Vold, Mariken Halle, Edy Poppy, Ingri Enger Damon, Catherine Baÿ and Ingrid Dokka at Sørnorsk filmsenter.
About the artist:
Ingrid Liavaag is a Norwegian artist whose practice includes both acting and directing, within the field of theatre, film and performance. She is a trained actor from Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, where she also studied scenography, movement and art at Laboratory of Movement Study (L.E.M.) She is the co-founder of the international theatre company Liavaag/Lindberg.
Ingrid Liavaag’s work explores existential needs and sociological aspects of human modern life, stretching the boundaries between the staged and the real. Her work plays with the distinction between the private and the public, and is rooted in a physically based approach.