BIRGET; Ways to deal, ways to heal - Carte Blanche
The Norwegian national company of contemporary dance

BIRGET; Ways to deal, ways to heal

A dance performance developed by Elle Sofe Sara & Joar Nango | Dánsačájáhus – Elle Sofe Sara & Joar Nango

BIRGET; Ways to deal, ways to heal (English)

Carte Blanche will open its spring season in 2023 at the National Opera & Ballett in Oslo with “BIRGET; Ways to deal, ways to heal”, a collaborative work between choreographer Elle Sofe Sara and visual artist Joar Nango.

The title is based on the Sámi expression “Birget”, which means coping and surviving in a changing environment. In “BIRGET; Ways to deal, ways to heal”, Elle Sofe Sara, Joar Nango, and Carte Blanche invite the audience to a healing bridge between silenced generations and institutional guilt.

In recent decades, several Western states have set up commissions to investigate the history of minority groups exposed to systematic state abuse. Examples of this include the apartheid regime in South Africa, the boarding school system in Canada, and the systematic oppression of the Sámi people and the Inuit in the Nordic States.

The question remains: How can sharing traumas and personal stories help create the empathetic space needed to rebuild friendly relationships with the faceless entity of the State?

Through the performance, we will gather, listen and build a collective movement that makes lived reconciliation visible, rather than merely formalizing it. The performance takes a playful yet critical gaze at the State’s way of dealing with its colonial heritage

Elle Sofe Sara

Elle Sofe Sara (f. 1984) is a choreographer and director who lives and works in Guovdageaidnu in Northern Norway. She has made the dance- and yoik performance “Vastadus eana- The answer is land” and several award-winning short films. Elle Sofe’s artistic work often reveals a space where past and present come together, a collage of Sami physicality and spirituality and simple elements. Elle Sofe has an MA in choreography from KhiO. She was festival profile at the Arctic Arts Festival (2020, 2021) and is in the process of making her first feature film which will be the world’s first yoik musical feature film.

Joar Nango

Joar Nango (b. 1979) is an architect and artist who lives in Tromsø. His work explores the boundary between art and architecture and often integrates the audience in his installations. He studied architecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology between 2002 and 2008 and exchanged at the Bergen School of Architecture and Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. Nango co-founded the idealistic architectural collective Fellesskapsprosjektet å Fortette Byen (FFB), and was a Festival Artist during the Bergen International Festival 2020.

BIRGET; Ways to deal, ways to heal (davvisámegiella)

Carte Blanche, Norgga našunála lávdi dálááiggedánsii, rahpá 2023 giđđaáigodaga Oslos, Den Norske Opera & Ballet lávddis čájáhusain «BIRGET». Dán leaba ovttasráhkadan koreográfa Elle Sofe Sara ja dáiddár Joar Nango.

Čájáhusa namma lea Birget. Dat muitala ahte olmmoš nagoda ja ceavzá rievddalmas dilis. Čájáhusain «BIRGET» de Elle Sofe Sara, Joar Nango ja Carte Blanche bovdejit geahččat hávddodeaddji oktavuođa olbmuid geat jávohuvve ja institušuvnnalaš sivalašvuođa gaskkas.

Maŋemus logijagiin leat olu oarjemáilmmi riikkat ásahan kommišuvnnaid guorahallat unnitlogujoavkkuid historjjá geat leat gillán stáhta systemáhtalaš veahkaválddi. Ovdamearkan namuhit Lulli-Amerihká apartheidstivrema, Kanada internáhttavuogádaga ja mo davviriikkat leat systemáhtalaččat deaddán sámi álbmoga ja inuihtaid.

Sáhttá go traumaid ja persovnnalaš historjjáid juogadeapmi ásahit empáhtalaš oktasašlanja mii dahká ahte fas oažžu áigái luohttevaš oktavuođaid stuorra stáhtain.

Čájáhusas mii čohkket, guldalit ja ráhkadit kollektiivvalaš lihkastaga mas oaidnit eallilan soabahusa, dan sadjái go dušše formáliseret dan. «BIRGET» geahččá leaikkastalli, muhto moaitevaš čalmmiin vuogi movt Stáda lea duhppeniežas kolinisttalaš árbbi.

Elle Sofe Sara

Elle Sofe Sara (r.1983) lea koreográfa ja rešisevra. Son orru ja bargá Guovdageainnus Finnmárkkus. Son lea ráhkadan dánsačájáhusa luđiin «Vastadus eana- The answer is land» ja maiddái máŋggaid bálkkašuvvon oanehisfilmmaid. Elle Sofe dáiddalaš doaimmas lea dávjá sadji addojuvvon dasa ahte ovddeš ja dáláš deaivvadit, mas oidno fysalaš- ja vuoiŋŋalašvuohta ja čielga gaskaoamit. Sara lea KHIOs váldán koreográfiija MA, ja lea leamaš festiválprofiila Davvi-Norgga riemuin Hársttákas (2020, 2021) ja dál son lea bargamin vuosttaš speallofilmmain mii lea máilmmi vuosttaš juoiganmusikála filbma.

Joar Nango

Joar Nango (f.1979) lea arkiteakta ja dáiddár. Son orru Tromssas. Su doaimmas leat lávgalaga dáiddá ja arkitektuvra, ja dávjá váldojit geahččit fárrui su installašuvnnaide. Son lea lohkan arkiteaktan NTNUs áigodagas 2002-2008. Son lea maid leamaš lonohallamis dáppe: BAS ja Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. Nango lea okta álggaheddjiin idealisttalaš arkiteaktakollektiivva Fellesskapsprosjektet å Fortette Byen (FFB), ja lei Bergena Festspillaid 2020 Festspilladáiddár.

 

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  • BIRGET; Ways to deal, ways to heal

    Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Oslo

    9. February

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  • BIRGET; Ways to deal, ways to heal

    Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Oslo

    10. February

    00:00–00:00

  • BIRGET; Ways to deal, ways to heal

    Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Oslo

    11. February

    00:00–00:00

  • BIRGET; Ways to deal, ways to heal

    Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Oslo

    12. February

    00:00–00:00