Refugees are often presented as an anonymous mass of people who come in large groups. But each individual asylum seeker has made a personal journey filled with his or her own experiences, choices, memories and feelings of loss. Even though this journey is made together with others, they are also very alone – with responsibility for themselves and their stories.
What do we take with us when we leave our home behind, and how do we deal with what we have left behind? The dancers give physical expression to refugees’ stories and try to access universal memories. With empathy and through broad, slow and heavy physical movements, the dancers endeavour to create a common meeting place in which we can co-exist.
The production is choreographed by Hooman Sharifi, Artistic Director of Carte Blanche – Norway’s national contemporary dance company. He himself came to Norway from Iran as an unaccompanied minor asylum seeker in 1988. Helge Steen (aka Deathprod) is responsible for the music.
A new edition of Carte Blanche’s magazine is published in connection with the production. This edition consists of nine texts by the author Odveig Klyve based on conversations with asylum seekers and refugees in Norway in spring 2017. Download it here.
Choreography and concept
Caroline Eckly, Judith Arupa, Noam Eidelman Shatil, Olha Stetsyuk, Anne Lise Rønne, Guro Rimeslåtten, Ole Martin Meland, Daniel Mariblanca Sirmans, Yousef Sbieh, Adrian Bartczak, Dawid Lorenc, Einar-Anton Nikkerud, Jack Lorentzen, Mathias Stoltenberg
Appx. 90 minutes – no intermission
26 May 2017 Studio Bergen
A co-production with the Bergen International Festival 2017