Daughter Donnimaar dances with the Knight of the Rose Garden in the song Æ Fåwanleng ('The Transformation'), which Johanne Tygesdatter sang to the Danish folklore collector Evald Tang Kristensen in 1873, when during his fieldwork he visited her in Sammelsted By on Ørre Heath in Western Jutland.
Donnimaar is a music and visual arts project by Marie Kølbæk Iversen. The title of her first album, Donnimaar. Vredens Børn, combines the main character Daughter Donnimaar from Æ Fåwanleng with the title of the novel Vredens Børn ('Children of Wrath') written in 1904 by Jutlandic writer Jeppe Aakjær.
The album's five songs relate to a different cultural tradition than the Protestant Christian and national romantic context of their collection: They are largely (and in places explicitly) proto-feminist, apocalyptic, anti-Christian, anti-materialist, and anti-Danish.
The project is anchored in the ethnographic material that Tang Kristensen collected on the West Jutlandic heathlands—among others from Tygesdatter, who was Marie Kølbæk Iversen's great-great-great-great-grandmother.
Donnimaar is a shapeshiftress, and Kølbæk Iversen's project consists of both live and recorded elements, which are produced and unfolded through a network of collaborations.
Donnimaar. Vredens Børn was released as a digital album at autumn equinox 2021 on the occasion of Soil. Sickness. Society at Kunsthal Rønnebæksholm. At spring equinox 2022 a vinyl LP was released on the occasion of TED Talks on Acid (TToA) | New Red Order Presents: One if by Land, Two if by Sea at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Donnimaar. Vredens Børn was produced in close collaboration with Katinka Fogh Vindelev and Michael Ejstrup and released by MoBC Records.
The upcoming album is expected late 2023 or early 2024.
Donnimaar forms part of Kølbæk Iversen's practice-based artistic research, informing both her recent PhD—which she defended in May 2023—and her current post-doctoral research project, Fælledfuturisme | Futurities of the Commons, at SMK Thy. Both projects are realized with the kind support of the Novo Nordisk Foundation's Mads Øvlisen stipends.
Donnimaar traces deep family ties, and Marie Kølbæk Iversen would like to thank her parents, Margit Kølbæk Iversen and Hans Iversen, her siblings and her extended family—aunts, uncles, and cousins—for making music and history a living part of our life together.
Donnimaar stands on your shoulders.