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UTSIRA is an island in the north sea,

several kilometres from the west-coast of

Norway. FOR WANT OF A BETTER was invited

by the Kommune of Utsira for a residency and performance on this magical island.

The result is the performance bearing it's name.

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With the support of the Regional Council of Normandy, l'institut français and the Kommune of UTSIRA.

deborah lennie: voix

patrice grente: son

frédéric hocké: images



F : Timelapse sonore sur les 2 écrans. Fin bascule lueur (vidéo) sur visage de D. Torrent.
Top D : Fin timelapse, pendant longue bip dans le noir, se met en place pour magnéto.

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1. The sill of a doorway.

2. The entrance to a house or building.

3. Any place or point of entering or beginning

4. The magnitude or intensity that must be exceeded for a certain reaction, phenomenon, result, or condition to occur or be manifested.

5. The maximum level of radiation or a concentration of a substance considered to be acceptable or safe.

6. The level at which one starts to feel or react to something.

7. A level, rate, or amount at which something comes into effect.

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Oh, by the way, if you'd really like to know, he went that way.

Who did?

The white rabbit.

He did?

He did what?

Went that way.

Who did?

The white rabbit.

But didn't you just say - I mean - Oh dear

Can you stand on your head?


a.    D : chanson LONELY GIRL
b.    F : (T) Lysebotn mur.
P : Boucle porte-ferry.
c.    Tiers du mur :-
  F : (T) + bruit (F) + bruit (flou). Sur son pierre et cri deb.
  P : Rajoute Pierres.
d.    P : Rajoute craquements 1 et craquements 2. Intensify pierres etc.      
*Refaire bande son pierres et l’intégrer au film.
e. F : donne top pour fin. F et P cut nette.  D : cri. NOIR env. 10 secondes.
F : evoie montage cut 3 secondes après fin du cri.*rallonge travelling Lysebotn silencieux.

Monter vitesse progréssive. Fondu au blanc+ fondu au noir.  
F : (T) danse bâteau (F) danse bateau (décalé). Monte jusqu’à 100 et redescend.


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D: Utsira is an island in the North Sea, 15 km west of Karmøy in Rogaland. The trip to Utsira takes about 60 minutes by boat/ferry . The sea passage in its own right is considered as quite tough at times, especially in smaller and older boats. Weather and wind have made it necessary to establish two harbours on Utsira the north and the south. There is one bar on Utsira, and one restaurant. The bar is open from May till September, and the restaurant opens all year round. You must come back in the lobster season.

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...Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

The very deep did rot: O Christ!
That ever this should be!
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.

About, about, in reel and rout
The death-fires danced at night;
The water, like a witch's oils,
Burnt green, and blue and white.

And some in dreams assured were
Of the spirit that plagued us so:
Nine fathom deep he had followed us
From the land of mist and snow.

And every tongue, through utter drought,
Was withered at the root;
We could not speak, no more than if
We had been choked with soot...

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