Elle Sofe Sara (NO/SE)

Vástádus eana – The answer is land
| Saturday 12 February
At 15:00 – 16:30
Louhi Hall, Espoo Cultural Centre

Fellowship between people and kinship with the nature around us are the main themes in Vástádus eana – the answer is land by the Sámi choreographer Elle Sofe Sara. Yoik, the Sámi folk music, is the main element of the performance. It creates a uniquely powerful and beautiful experience, which lingers long after the last notes have faded. The work is made with and for the seven female performers, who are all renowned dancers and yoikers. They come from different backgrounds, bringing their own story and voice into the work. The choreography is inspired by how people move in demonstrations, Sámi spiritual practices and formation dance.

Artist / Company Bio

Elle Sofe Sara, is a choreographer and director who works at the interfaces of filmmaking, dance and theatre. In her works she regularly sheds light on the social, political and cultural peculiarities and challenges of the Sámi People. Elle Sofe has been the festival profile at the Arctic Arts Festival in Harstad in 2020 and 2021. In 2019, she won the Moon Jury Award for her short film Ribadit at imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in Canada. Elle Sofe is also one of four talents in Talent Norway’s filmmakers program and founder of the Dáiddadállu Sámi artist collective.

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  • Performers

    Kajsa Balto, Julie Moviken, Olga-Lise Holmen, Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska, Emilie Karlsen, Nora Svenning, Grete Daling
  • Choreographer

    Elle Sofe Sara
  • Composer

    Frode Fjellheim
  • Set Design

    Elin Melberg
  • Sound

    Håkon Elias Pettersen
  • Co-coreograper

    Alexandra Wingate
  • Dramaturge

    Thomas Schaupp
  • Producer

    Lene Bang & Nordberg Movement 
  • Produced by

    Arctic Arts Festival, Norrlandsoperan, Davvi – Centre for Performing arts, The Sámi National Theatre Beaivváš
  • Supporters

    Arts Council Norway, The Sámi Parliament of Norway, Nordic Council of Ministers, The Audio and Visual Fund, Sami Council, Dáiddafoanda, Spenn.

    With development grants from Troms and Finnmark municipality, Arts Council Norway.
  • Premiere date and place

    June 19 at the Arctic Arts Festival in Harstad, Norway
  • Duration (minutes)

    60 min
  • Stage dimensions

    12m x 11m, preferred 8 meters height
  • Target group

    Adult, young adults