Visual artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and composer Ari Benjamin Meyers present a two-day workshop on their ongoing project Peer-to-Gynt. This involves a meta-staging of the Ibsen play, which takes as its reference not only the original text and music by Edvard Grieg but also the myriad links and associations it has left behind in popular culture, especially in films.
Participants get involved in the creation of short scenarios and situations with music that take these films as a starting point. They also have an opportunity to work alongside the artists and discuss and explore their creative process in depth.
Like the character of Peer himself -a liar and wanderer who moves easily between the realms of reality and imagination - Peer-to-Gynt will unfold over time, journeying from place to place exploring new acts, connections and forms in each city it visits.
Its appearance at The Hayward Gallery follows a first presentation of the entire project in Athens in May 2012 and precedes an outdoor performance of the fourth act in Arles in July.