Muohtadivggažat (costume design and scenography)

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Abstract

MUOHTADIVGGAŽAT / THE SOUND OF SNOW is a multilingual performance based on incredible, yet true, stories from the borderland between Norway, Finland, and Russia: stories about escape and homeland, about a legendary bar in Boris Gleb, about sudden gaps in closed borders, about the joy of a violin, and the world’s deepest man-made hole. And above all: the true value of a good story.

The sound of the north: It is said that the border area between Norway, Finland, and Russia is one of the places in the world with the greatest difference in languages. Dating back to the 11th century, different groups of people with different languages ​​have lived close to each other in the region. However, “The North” was handled as a colony until the late 1900s, and in some areas the hardest Norwegianization / colonization period happened as late as the 1960s and 1970s. In most areas, monocultural expressions are still favored. Many feel that the colonization never ended. This performance is the first result of Ferske Scener’s project on multilingualism. In a series of performances and seminars, the company use the languages in our region as our stage language.

Connection to land, and homeland, guided the choice of materials and colourants throughout the design process. Subarctic mountain birches and pine trees at the childhood home and playground of the designer have provided bark and cones for dyeing and mordanting the costumes and the fishbone pearls. The woollen costumes get their grounding colours from one dyebath of Cortinarius fungi, some of which were foraged near the designer´s current residence in Helsinki.

Script: Rawdna Carita Eira in collaboration with Kristin Bjørn
Direction and dramaturgy: Kristin Bjørn
Costume design and scenography: Ingvill Fossheim
Light design: Tor Ditlevsen
Sound design: Gaute Barlindhaug
Directing consultant / audience design: Kristina Junttila
Dramaturgy consultant: Tale Næss
Producer: Siri Hallingby Børs-Lind
Project Management: Bernt Bjørn, Kristin Bjørn
Graphic design: Kerstin Andersson
Photos: Jamie M Bivard
Onstage: Bernt Bjørn, Mary Sarre, Marte Fjellheim Sarre, Ekaterina Bespalova, Ivar Beddari

Financed by: Arts Council Norway, Barentskult, The Sámi Parliament of Norway, Ferske Scener, Dramatikkens Hus, The Sámi National Theatre Beaivváš, Tromsø Municipality/Rådstua Theatre House, Troms & Finnmark County.

Produced by Ferske Scener. The Sami National Theatre Beaivváš is the main cooperation partner.

Premiere 23.6.2021 at Festspillene i Nord-Norge / Arctic Arts Festival.
Upcoming performance dates: Tromsø 11.-13.11.2021 (Hålogaland Teater.

Costumes from the performance contribute to the exhibition BioColour - Exploring Sustainable Colour, Rovaniemi, 13.10-5.12.2021.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHarstad
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2021
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventFestspill - Harstad, Norway
Duration: 19 Jun 202126 Jun 2021
https://festspillnn.no

Field of art

  • Design
  • Performance

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