Daughter Donnimaar dances with the Knight of the Rose Garden in the song Æ Fåwanleng ('The Transformation'), which Johanne Thygesdatter 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 (DOMA) 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 in the West Jutlandic heathlands—among others from Thygesdatter, 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. Collaborators and interlocutors to the project include Katinka Fogh Vindelev, Louise Hold Sidenius, Michael Ejstrup, Sophie Ziedoy, Smita Søndergaard, Morten Grove Frandsen, Andreas Vermehren Holm, Diana Policarpo, Mette Kjærgaard Præst, Maria Kjær Themsen, Emmy Laura Pérez Fjalland, Mathias Kokholm, Magnus Kaslov, Tommy Vestergaard, Amanda Parmer, Line Dalsgård, Maria Lind, Søren Andreasen, MoBC Records, Nordsø Records, ((O)) Gong Tomorrow, among others.
Donnimaar. Vredens Børn was released as a digital album at autumn equinox 2021 on the occasion of the exhibition Soil. Sickness. Society at Kunsthal Rønnebæksholm, and at spring equinox 2022 as a vinyl LP on the occasion of TED Talks on Acid (TToA) | New Red Order Presents: One if by Land, Two if by Sea at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.
The upcoming album, Donnimaar. O Tilli, is expected late 2022 or early 2023.
Donnimaar (DOMA) forms part of Kølbæk Iversen's practice-based artistic research project Neo-worlds: The Transformative Potentialities of Fright, which she conducts between the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Aarhus University.
The project is co-funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation's Mads Øvlisen-stipends and Norway's Artistic Research Programme (NARP). The presentation of Donnimaar. Vredens Børn at Rønnebæksholm and Kunsthal Charlottenborg has been kindly supported by the Danish Art Foundation.
The project 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 (DOMA) stands on your shoulders.