Wednesday 14 February At 18:00 – 19:00
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

The northern lights are broken by an enormous fishing net dividing the stage in two. Despite the transparency of the net, a physical barrier is created, a demarcation that both captures and gathers the three dancers’ movements into an organic whole. The net gives safety and protection against fall and is at the same time a trapping mechanism that entangles and limits. To stand strong in solitude and in community. Light against darkness. Twilight. SILA is inspired by the Greenlandic myth of Sassuma Arnaa (Mother of the Sea), which reminds us that humans are not made to handle all their problems alone.

Artist / Company Bio

Sarah Aviaja Hammeken was born in Copenhagen, with Danish and Greenlandic roots. She is the choreographer and artistic director of AVIAJA Dance. She graduated from The Ballet Academy in Stockholm and debuted as a choreographer with her first full evening performance From Ice To Steam, in 2016. Sarah Aviaja premiered her latest work SILA at The National Theatre of Greenland in January 2023, followed by a Danish premiere at Dansekapellet in Copenhagen. In June 2023 she was selected to participate in the Emerging Artists & Producers Programme at CPH Stage.

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  • Idea and concept

    Sarah Aviaja Hammeken
  • Choreography

    Sarah Aviaja Hammeken
  • Dancers

    Amanda Rubio Sanchez, Marta Greco & Sarah Aviaja Hammeken
  • Composer

    Gerth Lyberth
  • Light design

    Brian Cord’homme
  • Photographer/videographer

    Ena Kurtagic Granulo
  • Producer

    Sebastian Nervil
  • Co-production

    Dansehallerne, Nunatta Isiginnaartitsisarfia (The National Theatre of Greenland)
  • Produced by

    AVIAJA Dance
  • Premiere date and place

  • Duration (minutes)

  • Target group

    Youth and adults