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Birget; ways to deal, ways to heal

A dance performance by Elle Sofe Sara & Joar Nango

Comissioned for Carte Blanche

In recent decades, several Western countries have set up commissions to investigate the history of minority groups subjected to systematic state abuse.

“BIRGET; Ways to deal, ways to heal” is a response to the Norwegian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which in June 2023 submitted proposals to reconcile the Sami and Norwegian people.

Birget is a Sami expression that describes a state of mastering or surviving in a changing environment. Driven by birget, Sara, Nango, and Carte Blanche invite the audience to overcome the fear of touching a heavy and challenging topic with a frisky performance that questions social and political boundaries, limitations, and today’s climate of reconciliation.

The performance process started in Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino where the Carte Blanche dancers experienced the Sami culture, polar night, and the northern cold on their bodies. Through encounters with the Sami people, personal stories of state abuse were shared with the dancers – experiences they carry with them on stage. The scenography’s materials and objects were also collected on the tundra in Finnmark.

  • Original cast
    Irene Vesterhus Theisen
    Ole Martin Meland
    Aslak Aune Nygård
    Caroline Eckly
    Dawid Lorenc
    Adrian Bartczak
    Noam Eidelman Shatil
    Hanne van Driessche
    Brecht Bovijn
    Gaspard Schmitt
    Daniel Mariblanca
    Tilly Sordat
    Trine Lise Moe

     

    Current cast
    Aslak Aune Nygård
    Adrian Bartczak
    Brecht Bovijn
    Caroline Eckly
    Dawid Lorenc
    Gaspard Schmitt
    Ihsaan de Banya
    Nadege Kubwayo
    Noam Eidelman Shatil
    Naomi Schouten
    Mai Lisa Guinoo,
    Manon Campion,
    Ole Martin Meland

  • Idea and concept
    Elle Sofe Sara
    Joar Nango

    Choreographer
    Elle Sofe Sara

    Set design
    Joar Nango

    Costumes
    Indrani Balgobin

    Composer
    Anders Rimpi

    Light design
    Arne Kambestad

    Dramaturge
    Thomas Schaupp

    Research
    Rávdná Turi Henriksen

  • Produced by Carte Blanche

    Co-producers
    Den Norske Opera & Ballett
    Festspillene i Bergen
    Nordic Next
    BIT Teatergarasjen

With the dance performance “Birget” Elle Sofe Sara proves her position as one of this countrys strongest choreographers
– Karen Frøysland Nystøyl, NRK

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