vástádus eana – the answer is land
by Elle Sofe Company / Elle Sofe Sara (SÁ/NO)
«The power that rises from when we stand together interests me. How much stronger we are when we are part of a community.» - Elle Sofe Sara, artistic director and choreographer-
Community and kinship between people, with nature and with the earth we all share, are the main themes of vástádus eana – the answer is land. The piece is performed by and for its seven female performers, who come from different backgrounds and life experiences, bringing their own story, body and voice into the work. Elle Sofe's focus is on the intentions behind movement, gaze, timing, direction, intensity and presence on stage. The choreography is inspired by demonstrations, Sami spiritual practices and formation dance.
Written specially for the performance by composer and professor of yoik, Frode Fjellheim, the polyphonic yoik works as a supportive pillar throughout the work. Fjellheim showcases the breadth of the yoik and broadens the definition of what Sami traditional music can be.
Presented by DansiT in collaboration with Dansenett Norway
Elle Sofe Sara is described as one of the most interesting and important choreographers in her generation in Norway. She grew up in and lives in Guovdageaidnu Finnmark. In addition to working as a choreographer, she has also made several award-winning short films and documentaries. She is currently working on a feature film, which will be the first feature film musical in Sámi language.
Sara’s work expands upon seemingly mundane, often overlooked areas of Sámi physicality—unspoken rituals that have escaped the vice grip of colonialism. Sara uncovers a space in which the past and the present coincide.
While her choreography is known for its playful approach, she also delves into taboo subjects such as trauma, abuse, and suicide. As an Indigenous artist, Sara seeks to create work that resonates as strongly for her community as it does for the art world. Internationally, Sara has created work with Liu Chi (China), Wimme (Finland), and Lana Hansen (Greenland) among others. She is also the co-founder of DÁIDDADÁLLU, a Sámi indiginous contemporary art collective.
When she is not working with choreography or film, or traveling for work, Sara can be foundmarking reindeer calves with her children or reading animal tracks in the snow.
|Original cast:||Kaisa Balto, Olga-Lise Holmen, Grete Daling, Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska, Emilie Karlsen, Nora Svenning, Julie Moviken|
|On the stage in Trondheim:||Kajsa Balto, Julie Moviken, Olga-Lise Holmen, Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska, Marianne Kjærsund, Nora Svenning, Grete Daling|
|Choreographer:||Elle Sofe Sara|
|Costumes:||Elle Sofe Sara og Ramona Salo|
|Lighting design:||Øystein Heitman|
|tour leader:||Ingvild Kirkvik|
|Producers:||Maiken Garder, Siri Børs-Lind, Nordberg Movement|
|Photos:||Antero Hein/Hein Creations|
|Co-producers:||Festspillene i Nord-Norge, Norrlandsoperan, Tanz im August|
|Collaborators:||Davvi – senter for scenekunst, Beaivvás Sámi Nasjonalteater, Hålogaland teater|
|Supported by:||Sámediggi, Norsk kulturråd, Nordisk kulturkontakt, Troms og Finnmark Fylkeskommune, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Dáiddafoanda, Sámiráddi, Spenn|
Rosendal Teater is placed in the eastern part of Trondheim, at the other side of the crossing near Lademoen Church. The closest bus stop is Rønningsbakken. Bicycle parking at our wall towards the gas station.
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