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Jorggahallan, a dance performance inspired by Sami culture, will make its. Canadian debut in Iqaluit on Sept. 21.
Photo courtesy of Heather Daley.

Norway meets Iqaluit
through dance

Jorggahallan makes Canadian debut

IN THE SPIRIT of performing arts, Iqaluit is scheduled to host the Canadian debut of Jorggahallan, a performance inspired by the culture and heritage of the Sarni people.

The Sami are an indigenous people originally from the Arctic area of Sapmi, which today consists of parts of northern Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia.

“This is actually separate from the concert series and it’s all because of a wonderful partnership with the Royal Norwegian Embassy,» said Heather Daley,.executive director of the Alianait Arts Festival.

“It’s something very different that we haven’t seen before. We haven’t done a dance show like this before.”

The show is scheduled to start at Joamie School on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m., with the doors opening half an hour earlier.

“The set up for this is a little unique because chairs are set up in a ‘u’ shape around the dancers,” said Daley.

“There’s also tea, coffee and cake because it’s designed to feel as if you are visiting an elder aunt, uncle or other relative.”

Choreographed by Elle Sofe Henriksen from Norway, the show is a little different than other Sarni performances.

“Traditionally, there’s no dance in their culture, so Elle studied the movements of elders and incorporated them into a piece, I’m so excited to bring it here,” said Daley.

“We had Sami performers at Alianait in 2007 and. there’s a real connection in the circumpolar people around the world. Everyone is considered a cousin, almost.”

When Daley first saw Jorggahallan last year, she was sitting with a group of Sarni people and some of them had tears running down their face after the dance.

“They said it reminded them of their elders, that’s how well done it is,” said Daley.

There will also be a workshop held at the school for the students there, something that Daley insists happens every time a tour comes through to spread the love of arts a little further.

“It’s all family friendly and I’m so happy this is their first Canadian stop, Elle has been to Germany, China, Greenland and other countries, but the first canadian stop is Iqaluit? That’s something special,” said Daley.

Tickets are available at Arctic Ventures and at the door, as always, elders get free admission and children under the age of 12 accompanied by an adult are also allowed in for free.

Text: Danielle Sachs, Northern News Services, lqalult

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