The Practice of Love


"The Practice of Love" is Jenny Hval's latest album, as well as an interdisciplinary piece created by Jenny Hval in close collaboration with Håvard Volden (sound), Jenny Berger Myhre (video) and Orfee Schuijt (choreography), as well as Vivian Wang, Espen Reinertsen and Natali Abrahamsen Garner. What (disciplines) we work with are quite fluid already, and became even more so between us. We all got to dive into Jenny's world and associate and relate and create another Practice of Love together. The piece premiered at Ultima Festival of Contemporary Music in Oslo, september 2019. Here's what Hval wrote about it:

The piece investigates the connection between life and art in a specific way – an umbilical magic, which brings together the possibility of creating art, creating life, and relating to other people, looking for empathy and a common language through speaking, singing, writing together. It also looks at the relationship between voice / presence / life and written word / absence / death: The voice comes from a living body, it is how we first relate to other humans, hearing our mother’s voice and responding to it … Whereas the dead body can no longer say “I”, and the written words are the remains that are chiseled into our tombstones. Is being drawn to words a death drive?

Photo by Signe Fuglesteg Luksengard