How to fight (2016)

 Created & performed by Carolyn Chen & Jennifer Torrence.

A work about conflict and redirection. Called an “intriguing work” (ArtsATL), How to Fight moves fluidly between song, martial arts, personal confessional, and inspirational talk. The work collages individual and universal experiences of conflict, ranging from familial relations to animal attacks.

Developed through a Hambidge Center Residency. 

Duration: 50 minutes

Review: here





The AJO ensemble (Norway) is James Clapperton, piano, Elisabeth Kristensen Eide, flutes, Kristin Alsos Strand, cello, and myself. AJO has been presented at festivals such as Klangspuren (Austria), Platforma (Russia), and Raflost (Iceland). 

Our work centers around our platform for international exchange, The Counterpoint Project. The debut Counterpoint Project was Russia in May 2013, which included a tour of 4 Norwegian cities and 6 Russia cities, a new work from Arnt Haakon Aanesen and Sergej Newski and collaboration with Sergen Tchirkov, accordion, and Natalia Pschenitschnikova, voice. The exchange was profound; and with this project our platform for collaboration, The Counterpoint Project, was born. In May of 2014 we had The Counterpoint Project Iceland featuring a  commissioned work for ensemble and interactive video from Hilmar Thordarson and Stockhausen's Kontakte. This project and toured Norway, Iceland and Sweden. Today we are scheming for The Counterpoint Project Italy, a compositional collaboration between James and Diego Minciacchi that will premiere in spring 2016.


NorthArc (Norway) was founded in 2011 by Sindre Sætre, Vidar Thorbjørnsen and myself as a platform for performing and commissioning new work for percussion ensemble, and for collaborating with North Norwegian artists.  NorthArc has been presented by GAS Festival (Sweden), Festival of North Norway, Av Garde & NyMusikk (Norway), Periphiberry (Iceland), and Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere (Denmark).  NorthArc is a 2014 supported ensemble from the Arts Council Norway.

2011 - 2012 included: Nordic tour of Kagel's Dressur and three world premiere works from Antonia Barnett McIntosh, Carolyn Chen, and Anna Thorvaldsdotter around Norden, a John Cage Festival in Bodø to celebrate Cage's 100th year, an appearance at the Festival of North Norway to create and premiere a new site-specific work for percussion, dance, and video in collaboration with Flatout Collective (UK).

2013-2014: Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen joined the team. The 2014 Season included TAFELMUSIKK: Thomas Meadowcroft's The Great Knot and Manos Tsangaris' Tafel 1 in Bergen and Oslo, Xenakis Pleiades in collaboration with the Harstad Military Band at the Festival in North Norway, ORDLØS, a collaboration with Bodø contemporary choir, Ylajali, featuring a new work by Arnt Haakon Aanesen and Leah Asher, and finally, TIMBER: a Nordic Tour of Michael Gordon's Timber with some of the region's most exciting percussive artists.