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Vástádus eana

The answer is land

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 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.

«Powerful in a quiet yet magnificent way» – Karen Frøsland Nystøyl, NRK-
  • Original cast

    Kajsa Balto
    Julie Moviken
    Olga-Lise Holmen
    Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska
    Emilie Marie Karlsen
    Nora Svenning
    Grete Daling

    Second cast

    Ingrid Eggen
    Vilja Tjemsland Kwasny
    Emma Elliane Oskal Valkeapää
    Marianne Kjærsund
    Risten Anine Gaup
    Trine Lise Moe

  • ARTISTIC TEAM

    Choreographer
    Elle Sofe Sara

    Composer
    Frode Fjellheim

    Co-choreographer

    Alexandra Wingate

    Costumes (from 2023)
    Line Maher

    Set design
    Elin Melberg

    Light design
    Øystein Heitmann

    Dramaturge
    Thomas Schaupp

     

    PRODUCTION

    Producers
    Maiken Garder
    Ingvild Kristin Kirkvik

    Costume sewing (2023)
    Caroline Bratt
    Johanna Sutinen
    Line Maher

    Hat sewing
    Zoja Galkina
    Unni Fjellheim
    Sara Inga Utsi Bongo
    Karen Inga Buljo Oskal
    Jorunn Løkvold
    Hilly Sarre

    Njalfahtta design and sewing
    Ann Majbritt Eriksen

    Original costumes
    Ramona Salo
    Elle Sofe Sara

    Origin of the performance title

    RÁJÁCUMMÁ/ KISS FROM THE BORDER 
    by
    Niillas Holmberg
    Outi Pieski
    Jenni Laiti

    Participants preproject

    Katarina Barruk
    Maya Mi Samuelsen
    Alexandra Wingate

    TOURING TEAM

    Light technician

    Anniell Olsen

    Sound technician
    Eivind Steinholm/Thomas N. Olsen

    Tour leader
    Ingvild Kristin Kirkvik

     

  • Funded by
    SÁMEDIGGI
    NORSK KULTURRÅD
    NORDISK KULTURKONTAKT
    TROMS OG FINNMARK FYLKESKOMMUNE
    FOND FOR LYD OG BILDE
    DÁIDDAFOANDA
    SÁMIRÁĐĐI
    SPENN

    Co-producers
    ARCTIC ARTS FESTIVAL
    NORRLANDSOPRAEN
    TANZ IM AUGUST

    Collaboration partners
    DAVVI CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS
    THE SÁMI NATIONAL THEATRE BEAIVVÁŠ

    Tour funding 2023
    PAHN
    SÁMEDIGGI

    Collaboration partners 2022
    HÅLOGALAND TEATER
    DAVVI CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS
    THE SÁMI NATIONAL THEATRE BEAIVVÁŠ
    DANSENETT NORGE


    Tour funding 2022

    SÁMEDIGGI
    BERGENS STIFTELSEN
    FOND FOR LYD OG BILDE
    TROMS OG FINNMARK FYLKESKOMMUNE
    NORSK-FINSK KULTURFOND
    ARCTIC ARTS FESTIVAL
    DANSENETT NORGE
    PAHN

«Both the music of Frode Fjellheim and the skillful staging of Elle Sofe Sara,
the ingenious use of all aspects of the main stage of the Salle LudgerDuvernay
by these seven women with contagious energy make Vástádus eana a
show to discover. »
Mario Cloutier https://revuejeu.org
  • «Both the music of Frode Fjellheim and the skillful staging of Elle Sofe Sara,
    the ingenious use of all aspects of the main stage of the Salle LudgerDuvernay
    by these seven women with contagious energy make Vástádus eana a
    show to discover. »
    Mario Cloutier, revuejeu.org

    “This minimalist framework leaves plenty of room for the performances of the artists whose voicesaccompany us long after leaving the room. »
    Yanik Comeau, theatralites.com

    «On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain»
    Yanik Comeau, theatralites.com

Upcoming shows

28.02.24–

29.02.24

National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada

03.03.24

Public Energy Performing Arts, Peterborough, Canada

06.03.24–

07.03.24

Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada

15.05.24–

16.05.24