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Tomorrow´s Witnesses

LAVA-Dansproduksjon & Stellaris DansTeater

Solveig Leinan-Hermo of Hammerfest's own professional dance company Stellaris DansTeater has invited Benno Voorham of LAVA-Dansproduktion from Stockholm to collaborate on this current dance theatre performance.

By listening to stories from our past, we get a better understanding of the present so we can build a future together.

"Tomorrow´s Witnesses" is a dance/theatre project that speaks about the impact of war on the individual and what it means to be forced to leave your home, your family or your country because of war. "Tomorrow´s Witnesses" bridges stories from World War II to the present, from the forced evacuation of Finnmark and the scorched earth campaign that followed, to the stories of refugees who have recently fled from war and conflict in other parts of the world.

The project brings together young refugees and the elderly in our communities. It started in 2017 when Benno Voorham and Solveig Leinan-Hermo visited schools for newly arrived young refugees and elderly centres in Hammerfest and Kirkenes to meet with people who have survived war. After an initial period with open workshops in dance improvisation and movement-based theatre, the rehearsals started to create this performance that is based on the stories, dreams, memories and reflection of the elderly, youngsters and professional team. Together they have created a poetic, visually delicate performance led by the choreographer Benno Voorham.

There will be a moderated after-talk with the audience after the performance, an opportunity to hear more about the project and to ask questions to the performers.


HAMMERFEST (PREMIERE) Frityren, Arctic Culture Centre, 6 September 7.00 p.m. BUY TICKETS
KIRKENES, Sør-Varanger Kultursal, 10 September 7.00 p.m. - BUY TICKETS
TANA BRU, Miljøbygget, 13 September 6.00 p.m. - free entry
TROMSØ, Rådstua Teaterhus, 17 September 7.00 p.m. - BUY TICKETS

ALTA, Kuben, 20 September 7.00 p.m. - BUY TICKETS

We also perform for schools and arrange workshops on the tour.

The performance lasts for approx. 1 hour and is best suited from 12 years.

In 2019 the project will continue in Rovaniemi (Finland) and Luleå (Sweden).

Collaborators on stage:

Choreographer and director: Benno Voorham (Netherlands/Sweden)
Artistic consultant and producer: Solveig Leinan-Hermo (Norway)
Music: Shadi Ali (Syria/Sweden)
Costume Designer: Pablo Londono Sarria (Colombia/Sweden)
Light Designer: Alina Pajula (Finland)
Documentary production: Tinus Kramer (Netherlands)
Photos, performance video and exhibition materials: Nadja Voorham (Netherlands/Sweden)
Publicity: Marie Hermo Jensen (Norway)
Project idea: Benno Voorham, Solveig Leinan-Hermo and Marie Hermo Jensen

On stage: Gerd Kaisa Vorren (Norway), Sebastian López-Lehto (Finland), Moa Westerlund (Sweden), Nadja Voorham (Netherlands/Sweden), Randi Simonsen (Norway), Odd Selnes (Norway), Ahmad Ziyadeh (Syria), Ahmed Takesh (Syria), Mohammad Khaled (Syria), Ahmed Ali (Sudan), Temesgen Gehbremariam (Eritrea) og Mahir Abdullrahman (Syria).
Zubair Mangal (Afghanistan) and Ahmed Ali (Sudan) has participated in the workshops and production in Hammerfest.

”Time witnesses” from the forced evacuation: Svea Andersen, Reidar Nielsen, Hans Edvard Bentsen, Thorbjørn Stenvoll, Odd Selnes and Randi Simonsen and more. A big thank you to you all.

The project is a co-production by LAVA-Dansproduktion www.lavadans.com (Sweden) and Stellaris DansTeater www.stellaris.no (Norway).

The project has received its main funding from the Swedish Postcode Foundation and Nordic Culture Fund. Produced with Arctic Culture Centre.

The project is also supported by our local partners in Hammerfest: Hammerfest Multiplicity and The Museum of Reconstruction for Finnmark and Northern Troms.
Thank you to Hammerfest Culture School and Dansearena nord for use of studio and rooms.

At the various venues we have local partners:
Kirkenes: The Cultural Rucksack and Samovarteateret.
Tana Bru: Tana Culture School and Sámi Mánánid Teáhter
Tromsø: Rådstua Teaterhus
Alta: Alta Multiplicity and Culture School

LAVA-Dansproduktion and Stellaris DansTeater have invested much of their own resources into this project.

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