“… fate is heard in the note of the Gjallarhorn …” (Voluspå)
When the Gjallarhorn of Norse mythology is heard, danger is about and all those who sleep are awakened – even the gods. Its vibrations carry in the worlds of men and gods alike, and onwards down into the underworld. The horn marks the start of Ragnarrok, the end of the world and the renewal, as told in the Norse mythology’s Volupspå.
Inspired by seismic activity, Norse mythology, Haugtussa by Arne Garborg and group rituals, Mia Habib and the Carte Blanche dancers explore which primordial forces are activated when fundamental changes in the physical world we live in occur.
“Yggdrasil shakes, and shiver on high” (Voluspå)
I 1895 Arne Garborg wrote the ode Gumlemål as a central part of his collection of poetry Haugtussa. The ode is presented in the oldest form we find in the Edda collection, and in the ode, Gumle speaks and incites mobilisation and Raknarok. Through the ode Arne Garborg levelled sincere socio-political criticism at the current power elite. In Gjallarhorn Habib is using Norwegian cultural heritage and the greatest forces of nature as a starting point for her warning.
“The sun turns black, earth sinks in the sea, the hot stars down from heaven are whirled; Fierce grows the steam and the life-feeding flame, till fire leaps high about heaven itself.” (Voluspå).
Norwegian Mia Habib, based in Oslo, maintains an active international presence working in the performing arts as well as publications, lectures, teaching, mentoring, curating and research. Her work is described as a culture critical look at body, identity, society and dance. She has co-produced with a number of institutions across Europe. Habib has worked with Rani Nair, Jassem Hindi, Guilherme Garrido, Julie Nioche, Brynjar Bandlien, Joanne Leighton and Tommy Noonan. Habibwas festival director for the dance festival Machol Hadash in Jerusalem, and is one of the founders of the international art network Sweet & Tender Collaborations. She has a master degree in conflict resolution and negotiation from the Tel AvivUniversity, and a bachelor degree in choreography from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Choreography Mia Habib
Lighting Design: Ingeborg S. Olerud
Costume design Indrani Balgobin
Sound design/Music Gunnar Innvær
Dancers Guro Rimeslåtten, Caroline Eckly, Mia Habib, Jutidth Arupa, Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Daniel Garcia Mariblanca, Noam Eidelman Shatil, Ole Martin Meland, Mathias Stoltenberg, Dawid Lorenc, Adrian Barczak, Harald Beharie, Asher Lev, Einar Nikkerud (Timothy Bartlett).
Duration 35 min.
World Premiere 26 May 2016 Studio Bergen during Bergen International Festival
A part of the double bill We Are Here Together 2016.
Original cast: Guro Rimeslåtten, Caroline Eckly, Núria Navarra Vilasalò, Sara Enrich Bertran, Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Daniel Garcia Mariblanca, Ole Martin Meland, Mathias Stoltenberg, Hugo Marmelada, Christopher Flinder Petersen, Dawid Lorenc, Jack Lorentzen/Harald Beharie