While they are floating

Choreography and concept Hooman Sharifi

Based on refugees’ personal stories Carte Blanche’s performance address the asylum issues as well as human sensations like taste, sensuality and longing.

Often, refugees are portrayed as masses who come in large groups. However, for each asylum seeker there is a personal journey of their own experiences, choices, experiences, memories and longing. Although the journey takes place in community with others, it is a lone journey for each individual, with sole responsibility for themselves and their own secrets. It is these individual transit stories Carte Blanche dare to approach as well as dares being trapped in, in this world premiere.

Hooman Sharifi, the artistic director of Carte Blanche is the choreographer for this piece. He himself came to Norway from Iran in 1998 as a lone young asylum seeker. Artistically he is particularly interested in art forms at the intersection of dance, theater and visual arts. Sharifi’s movement language is physically challenging, intense and powerfully explores the deeper feelings behind power, political systems and violence.

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Choreography and concept
Hooman Sharifi

Assistant choreographer
Rikke Baewert

Helge Sten

Caroline Eckly, Judith Arupa, Noam Eidelman Shatil, Olga Stetsyuk Nikolaevna, Anne Lise Pettersen, Guro Rimeslåtten, Ole Martin Meland, Daniel Garcia Mariblanca, Yousef Sbeih, Adrian Bartczak, Dawid Lorenc, Einar-Anton Nikkerud, Jack Lorentzen, Mathias Stoltenberg

PR photo
Thor Brødreskift

Appx. 90 minutes – no intermission

World premiere
26 May 2017 Studio Bergen

A co-production with the  Bergen International Festival 2017

Tour spring and autumn 2017 

26 May 2017 – Studio Bergen – world premiere
27, 29, 30, 31 May and 1, 2, 5, 6 June – Studo Bergen
30 June – Festspillene i Nord-Norge, Harstad
July – tba