The London-based Arts Alliance Productions (AAP) has been putting on “ID: Identity of the Soul” since 1994. This theatrical work, based on Henrik Ibsen’s epic poem “Terje Vigen” and Mahmoud Darwish’s poem “A Soldier Dreams of White Lilies,” features dancers navigating around five screens displaying graphically manipulated landscapes. The set designs have been equally nimble. The show debuted in southern Norway with AAP improvising a lighthouse as a projection surface; for a staging in Japan in 2006, the group fashioned sails into screens by draping them over shipping containers in Yokohama harbor.
A venue designed by Various Architects, a new Oslo-based firm, promises to be even more agile. Measuring 40,900 square feet, the Mobile Performance Venue would be the largest portable performance facility in the world, says Various principal Jim Dodson. The inflatable structure would be five times larger than the Chanel Pavilion, a traveling art gallery designed by Zaha Hadid.