We are Trunk & Egg, an international ensemble of Lecoq trained theatre makers dedicated in bringing to life Ikea STORM lampshades. We use a highly physical, visual based style, heavily influenced by our studies on maskwork and object manipulation, due to our theatrical training and as a natural response to the different nationalities within the group. Through the animation of a simple everyday object our goal is to affect a whole range of emotions; making theatre which can be understood no matter what language you speak or how old you are. We search for the joy in creation and attempt to share that joy with the audience.
Member Trunk & Egg is made up of four members; Bendik Nordgaard and Chriss Therese Gjerde Granberg (both Norwegian), Eric Zimmerman (a French American) and Jock Maitland (a Scot). We met whilst playing around during our two year training at the Jacques Lecoq school of Theatre in Paris and it was here that Trunk & Egg was first conceived. It was a simple meeting between two other-worldly creatures (a Trunk and an Egg) for an exercise in creating the mysterious on stage. We discovered that if the Ikea STORM lampshade was worn over the head and arms, it produced a creature with legs at one end, and a snout like sensory organ at the other. The lamp’s form creates an object with such strong directionality that the audience comprehend with clarity the Trunk’s intentions. This ‘snout’ gives an animalistic curiosity which as humans we immediately relate to, whilst the simplicity of the form bestows it with an innocence and sensitivity, endearing it to the viewer.
Description of Piece The performance is based around the concept of communication. How do we communicate, with whom, and why? The theme will be explored using Trunk & Egg’s signature creatures, the Trunks. There will however be no Egg.
The trunks rely on a heavily visual language of movement, gesture and physical expression. They are on the one hand incomprehensible, bizarre and alien creatures whilst at the same time deeply rooted in the animal world. We begin to recognise the most basic of animal instincts and movements, and as humans we begin to relate and to understand them. We begin to see characters and their desires, success and failure. We begin to see life itself and in turn, we see ourselves.
Video Work 'Truncated Debate' - A playful look at the Scottish Independence debate, explored through music, physicality and Ikea furniture. Performed for National Theatre of Scotland's Five Minute Theatre 2014 in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris.