Thea Grant plays together with her own musical intuition, her own images and patterns. The music derives from a fascination and love for musical resistance and realness in a specter of genres. Growing up in a creative home, surrounded by paintings and music, has had a clear impact on her texts and compositions. In awe of the unexplainable and mysterious she leaves plenty of room for interpretation and uses improvisation as a source of self-exploration, bringing forward hidden thoughts and impulses to be expressed musically and textually.
During several years of exploring the solo format she has mainly composed and performed with dancers. Her first collaboration was with Panta Rei Danseteater working on the performance Silence with contemporary choreographer Erik Kaiel in 2018. This performance toured both in Norway and England and has frequently been a part of different festivals and arrangements.
Working with Silence led to a continued collaboration with Erik Kaiel and his company Arch 8 where Theas’ compositions is the musical foundation for the performance Rising Tide. This piece was commissioned by the Purchase Art Centre in New York and premiered in 2019.
The fascination for the connection between sound and movement has led to further explorations with contemporary dancer Anna Thu Schmidt, How To Read Water. Improvising and exploring the waves created by time, space and connection inspired by the sea and its constant pulses.
The piece Super Romantic was debudet at BareDans Festivalen 2018 – a solo performance combining voice and production. An embrace of her thoughts and concerns of modern life, taking on different personalities to alter between views close and far from her own. Her own compositions and productions combined with improvised voice sampling in an ever changing soundscape combining elements of classical music, prog rock, footwork and morning after party.
Header Image: Markus Nymo Foss