Etudes is the eleventh reconstruction of works from the Danish Culture Canon for the Performing Arts by Zarathustra’s Uncle.
Etudes is created by Harald Lander in 1948 with music by Knudaage Riisager based on Carl Czerny’s Etudes.

Etudes was performed May 22, 2010 at Zene+, Viften in Rødovre, Denmark
and January 28, 2012 at Showcase Beat Le Mot: Residenz Evil in Marstall, München

Dancer: Henrik Vestergaard Friis.
Video: Helle Lyshøj.
Choreography: Hilary Briggs, Henriette Thorslund and Harald Lander.
Music: Carl Czerny, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Knudaage Riisager and DJ radio.



The Post-Human

a stage terror-regime

The wish has always existed – the hope for a new human being. We have always been captivated by the dream of removing all of the mediocrity, idiocy, meaninglessness, the foibles and flaws from the otherwise pristine spiral of DNA. From Plato to transhumanism. But how will the new human being look? Will it be taller, stronger, and more beautiful than us? Will it be free from all our hopes and dreams of self realization, our self-satisfaction and hate?

… in dialogue with the four walls, where the appearance of screens and canvases draw the axes of the cross in the space. One axis is drawn by two smaller screens on which Marx and Socrates appear … on the other axis, we find two large screens … where the hooded young man appears and interrupt the dialogue of the philosophers in a perfect timing …with which depicting references to both Zarathustra, Messiah and the Finnish school mass murderer are pressing in a loud beautiful music video …
A small video camera is used for transmissions in close-up view of the acting body: a blood sample needle, piercing into the white skin of the arm: a transmission from the singing uvula or a close-up view of his eye … a face in protoplasmic transformation (a transformation, realized virtually in a video projection in which the nameless face dissolves into a large number of others: Andy Warhol’s, Willem Dafoe’s, Karen Blixen’s, Mahatma Ghandi’s, bin Laden’s, Thomas Skade-Rasmussen Strøbech’s …)

Lilian Munk Rösing, Information (a Danish Newspaper) January 2009


The Post-Human

The Post-Human premiered January 21, 2009 at Teater Camp X Aveny in Copenhagen.
cast:The nameless from Das Beckwerk
text and direction: Das Beckwerk
music: Bjørn Svin, Henrik Sundh and Das Beckwerk
video: Helle Lyshøj

NV® (New Value)

Doubt is the modern man’s most faithful companion. But now everyone can get rid of even the most existential doubt in life – NV ® (New Value) is the answer to all your prayers.
Too long the art has felt as its primary function is to ask questions, problematize and provoke. But now, five artists say no! They will give answers instead. They believe that modern man needs clear guidelines and an ethical reference point in their lives. Someone needs to stand up and say: “We have the answers.” With ‘New Value ®’ they have created a set of values that everyone can enjoy. Consistency force for us as people and nation.

The art of seduction
New Value is clever, funny and much-needed satire … The video artist Helle Lyshøj is the woman in NV in charge of presentation technique and she shows the idealistic, staged lifestyle of the NV-people in video clips already at the entrance, and later she shows us the worldwide network of New Value.

Vibeke Wern, Berlingske Tidende (a Danish newspaper) 2006

It’s stand-up dance with catchy tunes and live video. It is mysterious ritual moods. The workshops, which expands the audience’s spiritual experience. Yes, there is even a wheel of fortune with unique NV-prizes that really gives the audience something to take home with them. In a satire on the values and power to posess them.
The performance is staged as an opening event for the first NV-shop in Denmark. Anyone with an open purse and mind can buy accessories here for their new, more valuable life.

  • Projektioner på et 8×6 mtr. back-drop samt mobile skillevægge og foamboards

The End

… en total action-packed katastrofe performance
Det starter i foyeren mens publikum bliver iscenesat i en katastrofe situation: teatret er sprængt i luften, og svensk tv er på vej op af trapperne.
En forestillingen der aldrig begynder men hele tiden slutter. THE END er en forestilling som på humoristisk vis og i højt tempo sætter fokus på det uundgåelige, uforståelige og dybt frustrerende element i vores eksistens: at alting har en slutning.
THE END bruger forskellige medier, omfatter slutscenen af Hamlet, og henter sin inspiration fra katastrofefilm.


Skøn katastrofehjælp til dansk teater
Teatret er dødt. Den Anden Opera er sprængt i luften. Svensk TV trænger ind i de røgfyldte lokaler for at sende de chokerende billeder direkte ud til seerne … Forvirret? Så vent bare til “behind the scenes” optagelserne af prøverne til Hamlet. Gensynet med Requiem … Katastrofe på katastrofe udspiller sig for os. På scenen. På storskærmen. I foyeren. I tankerne.

Marianne Skovlund Christensen, Teatermagasinet 2006


premiere: May 18, 2006 at Den Anden Opera in Copenhagen
instruktør: Erik Pold
video: Helle Lyshøj
musik: Pelle Skovmand
scenografi: Rebecca Arthy
performere: Maria Rich, Daniel Norback, Pernille Koch og Vidar Hansen
produceret af: LiminalDK



  • stills right: Teatret er sprængt i luften og vi ser en ‘direkte’ udsendelse af begivenheden. En rapporter interviewer øjenvidner og brandmændene på stedet, men efter et uheldigt styrt bliver videoen afbrudt og af et teknisk uheld. Den iscenesatte udsendelse er optaget med publikum i rollen som øjenvidner i foyeren i begyndelsen af forestillingen.
  • stills below: Scene med katastrofer filmet ‘live’ ved hjælp af blue-screen teknik. Baggrundene er ligeledes manipuleret og filmet ‘live’.