Cæcilie Østerby Sørensen

The Black Rose Trick (2005)

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In The Black Rose Trick, guests explored the many rooms and discovered undisclosed secrets of a strange three-floor hotel, all while under the mysterious surveillance of 16 cameras. After checking in and completing necessary registration, guests were guided to the hotel rooms. Due to complicated affairs and hard times, the Black Rose Trick also hosted a staffed medical lab and military barracks. The hotel also featured a shop, reception, a dance restaurant with classic live performances, a bridal suite, bar, and  poker room. Spectators became entangled in the colliding environments within the hotel, which exposed complex and at times unnerving hierarchical and social power structures. The contrast of the lobby Boutique Lydia with exotic items for purchase, and haunting rumors of a rare “syndrome” ravaging the hotel’s residents - created a disorienting and intoxicating space for guests to become lost.

Time: 4th to 14th of March, 2005, nonstop

Place: An abandoned factory building, Suezgatan 11, Malmö, Sweden

Press Quotes:

“A performance where Signa Sørensen, who is the beautiful and seductive landlady of the hotel, once again starts a subtle game about the line between control and freedom, between seduction and submission, and between authenticity and constructed reality.” (translated from Danish)
- Vibeke Wern, Berlingske Tidende

“As a work of art, sociological research and experiment, The Black Rose Trick´ is the most relevant offer of today´s stage art. Partly because of the consistent backward travel in time (about 50 years), partly because of the openness and liberating play with identities throughout the work.This feeling of sailing on a ship on its way to hell infers an odd sense of belonging, paving the way for Signa Sørensen´s most precise characterization of our time´s deadly decadence through the meeting between humans that is the essence of the art.” (translated from Danish)
- Janus Kodal, Politiken.

Concept: Signa Sørensen (now Köstler) and Arthur Köstler

Direction: Signa Sørensen (now Köstler) assisted by Frank Bätge

Set Design: Signa Sørensen (now Köstler) and Amanda Wickman

Sound: Elin Assarsson, Henrik Sundh, Kicki Renberg, Mats Persson and Åsmund Boye Kverneland

Light: Eva Ulvan Handberg and Kristoffer Ernst-Lyngbye (Ass.)

Production: Kanonhallen, Subotnick and SIGNA

Devising Ensemble: (in alphabetical order)
Arthur Köstler as General Jimmy Adler
Åsa Lindholm as Queenie Reinmann-Rothmeier
Birgitte Klæbel as Natascha
Buster the Dog as Bullet
Cæcilie Østerby Sørensen as Kahlua Blau
Camilla Bonde as Tammy Ann Ivanova
Camilla Jørgensen as Sandy Zaretskaya
Casper Tjellerup Nielsen as Roy Stokowsky
Denise Jacobsen as Polly Perova
Eli Ingvarsson as Lucky Richter
Elin von Wright as Rouge Waloszek
Eva Ulvan Handberg as Olga-Jean Ermakova
Frank Bätge as Nicolai Jancherski
Gabriella Grundemar as Coco Dimitrova
Hanne Dankert as Irina Weber
Jenny Stigsson as Goldine Kreutz
Jens Ibsen Kure as Perry Kepler
João Lobo as Leon Ravell
Joel Kästel as Dr. Joey Kaiser
Julie Arndal Engstrand as Cherry Astor
Julie Ekner Koch as Roxie Jawlenska
Kenneth Harrison Dr. Richard Fleischer
Kristian Pallesen as Johnny Baranov
Kristoffer Ernst-Lyngbye as Private Chris
Lene Lavtsen as Debbie Wolfberg
Loiusa Aisin as Mandy Miranda
Mads Fahnøe as Cody Baranov
Marcus Leyman as Jack
Maria Rugbjerg as Candy Scheuerer
Marianne Saapunki as Loretta Vienna
Marianne Sveum Hendriksen as Annie Petrovna
Marie Cecilie Arendt as Lulu Kazakova
Mette Schwarz Sørensen as Violetta Veshnikova
Momo Subotic as Chance Vienna
Nana Francisca Schottländer as Pearly Snow
Nina Carlinfanti Zahle as Misty Schneider
Ojuna Njama Petersen as Montana Scholz
Sascha Botilde Handberg as Lillie
Signa Sørensen (now Köstler) as Miss Black Rose – Roza Kaminsky-Schwarz
Sofia Johansson as Gracy Reinmann-Rothmeier
Sonja Salkowitsch as Head Nurse Wally Perova
Stig Eivind Vatne as Ronny Stokowsky
Stine Schmidt Madsen as Tennesee Stahl
Susanne Saapunki as Nancy Rex
Tristan Alexander Kold as gypsy kid
Zille Gellert as Betty Sedakova
The Sentimentals

Set Design Assistants: Hanna Sersam, Helga Ottengren, Marie Bergman, Nana Francisca Schottländer, Marianne Saapunki, Joel Kästel, Frank Bätge and many more..

Telephone System: Christian Mastrup

Supported by: Nordscen, Malmø Kommune, Københavns Kommune, Wilhelm Hansen Fonden and Fonden for Svensk-Dansk Samarbejde

Main Sponsors: Skanska, SYSAV, House4IT, Saveway, Stickma

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