Norður – means North in Icelandic and is a choreographic film and performance collaboration containing artistic exchange between dance, film, costume and sound. The collaboration is built on a strong interest and professional focus on the cross-disciplinary approach within contemporary dance and live art. Film and performance work together in creating a performance for gallery in the vision of installation based art, and will be combined- act as one integrated performance artwork. The project holds its starting point in the meeting between the civilized modern human and the raw and beautiful nature of the Nordic landscape.
Norður is a physical journey into no-mans-land and investigates the thought around our Nordic heritage. It is an artistic venture into our inner and outer landscapes and with Norður we will flee out of the city, pursue getting lost and ask the question; what is our nature?
We will place the body in between nature and our cultural identity and Nordic heritage. We will position ourselves into the landscape as new – in a sensation between hopelessness and hope. That it is within the hopelessness we can find hope and in our understanding of hopelessness we can act.
In our everyday lives and social consciousness- we are increasingly being exposed to confrontations with climate change and our relationship to nature is changing. The nature is unpredictable, rebellious and infinite and as humans we either try to separate us from that or we seek it. As artists we are interested in the relationship of the inner and outer concepts and paradoxes of nature and culture. Is humankind hopeless? And what is left if we allow ourselves to the feeling of hopelessness?
With the performance Norður we will work with these themes and circle around the concept of man and nature and man as nature.
”I too am not a bit tamed – I too am untranslatable; I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”
Choreography and performance: Sarah Armstrong (DK) og Karolin Kent (SE)
Director and camera: Beijie Curdt-Christiansen (DK)
Sound design: Tami Tamaki (SE/DE)
Costume: Valeriya Olhovas (DK/UA)
Production: Golddigger productions (SE) and Smart.se (SE)
Co-producers: Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts (SE) and Sláturhúsinu – kulturcenter (IS)