With its mixture of poetry and physically equilibristic gags, Aber Dabei is a flirt with the New Circus genre… absurd and humorous.
Vibeke Wern, Berlingske Tidende, April 2007
Aber Dabei is a multi-disciplinary bagatelle for two. In a twentieth century library Gustavsson is searching for the meaning of life. Aber Dabei, the fly in the ointment, is the slight uncertainty that prompts him to continue searching. The library, to quote Borges, is “the world captured in a mirror”. And the books – they are in four languages: realism and fantasy, non-fiction and fiction, canonised and non-canonised. They all contain a snippet of truth, though tend as a whole to assume absurd dimensions.
Aber Dabei is a work that brings together live music, New Circus, body and text.
Aber Dabei premiered at Festsalen, Store Kannikestræde in Copenhagen, 19th of April 2007.
Juggler/performer Samuel Gustavsson
Composer/musician Sture Ericson
Staging Kitt Johnson
Light designer Mogens Kjempff
Duration: 65 min. – no interval.
Produced by Kitt Johnson X-act with the support of the Danish Arts Council, Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968, Københavns Kulturfond, Overs. L. Zeuthens Mindelegat, Augustinus Fonden and Statens Kunstfond.
Photo: Per Morten Abrahamsen
Performer: Samuel Gustavsson