Performance installation with live-electronics, folk music and 15 mannequin dolls.
‘The Changeling’ is a joint project between the folk musician Jullie
Hjetland, the composer Eyvind Gulbrandsen and his installation ‘The
The work, which is in the form of an installation performance, has been inspired by the SPOR festival theme of folk culture.
We combine the folk-historical myth about ‘The Changeling’ (‘Skiftingen’
in Danish) with the inherent comment on modern folk culture represented
by ‘The Mannequin Ensemble’.
A changeling is a troll-child that has been swapped with a human child.
In the old days, it was used as an explanation for children whose
behaviour or appearance diverged from the norm – in a negative sense. If
the child was ugly, unruly, always screaming or a nuisance, the natural
explanation had to be that the real child had been abducted and a troll
had been placed in its stead.
We soon started thinking about what subsequently happened to the stolen
human child. When a troll captures humans, they are taken to the
underworld, into a mountain, or something similar. We use this
conception as a point of departure for our work, as an inspiration and
working theme. We do not, however, want this performance to deal with
this concrete example, rather to show a situation where the one (Jullie
Hjetland) relates to the many (the mannequins) – and also suppressed to a
certain extent. In that way, a work that focuses on the place of the
individual in a community, loneliness among the masses, otherness, etc.
We want to create a space where we invite the audience into an
alternative world, with references to both modern and traditional folk
‘The Mannequin Ensemble’ is financially supported by Danish Composers
Society / KODA's Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and KODA
Dramatik. The work ‘The Changeling’ is financially supported by The
Danish Art Founddation, Performing arts, and Danish Composers Society /
KODA's Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes.