Welcome to The High North.


Kein Applaus für Scheisse, Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek

Simulations, Robin Jonsson

Der grüne Stuhl,  Public Private / Clément Layes

Imitation of Life, Boris Nikitin

Travail, Alma Söderberg

A P N E A, Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea

Turning Turning (A choreography of thoughts), Sarah Vanhee

Platform for artistic development
The platform provides invited artists to develop work, to show it in different stages and in alternative presentation formats. The purpose is to offer the makers interesting conditions for experimentation, as well as a professional context for them to share their ideas, and therefore expand, deepen and examine their artistic practice, and to give the audience an insight in the working process of the artist.

The Hollows I – Walk with me, Robin Jonsson

Dreamed Apparatus, Public in Private / Clément Layes & guests

Educational program
What can we learn from the festival? How can education be more? The educational program is a small attempt to create a space for speculation, expansion and reflexivity without  demands for proven results: As a space for exploration, and an opportunity to think about how we might extract these vital principles to the rest of our lives, as well as in art? Education here becomes the site of coming together for the odd and the unexpected shared curiosities. Shared passions congregate around the promise of an insight, a creative possibility.

Talk #1 Anthropocentrism or Biocentrism?    Is Homo sapiens the most significant species? From ‘the great chain of being’ of Antiquity and onwards, the answer seems to be positive. Anthropocentrism is a kind of ‘speciesism’, a  tendency to put our own species in the center of the world rather than as one of many components in the web of life. Is this really justified, and how did such a world-view evolve – is it perhaps even universal? To think that human life is sacred and inviolable is at the expense of other species. How should we live and relate to other life forms on earth? Can we imagine alternative ways of understanding the central position of humans, a holistic biocentrism?  Thomas Malm is professor of human ecology at Lund University, Sweden, with a B.Sc. degree in biology, and also associate professor in social anthropology. In his research he combines the perspectives of natural science with those of social science and the humanities.

Talk #2 Speculations on objects? For a long time we have been obsessed with representation. We interpret works of art, the object that confronts us is placed in a tight web of contexts and histories. Though this seems to open up a space for change, it cannot help but reinforce man’s domination over our social and natural reality. However, after the death of the independent artist, and the impotent interpreting eye of the spectator, voices and practices are turning to the other side, the material side of our world, where a vast specter of objects are waiting to be discovered. Speculations abound on the hidden capacity for novelty lodged in the things themselves. But can there be art separated from a creator and an interpreter, in other words: Can the object perform? Erik Bryngelsson, has lived, worked and studied in Sweden, Germany and France. Is presently working on a Phd in philosophy at Södertörns högskola, Stockholm, on the ontological status of the subject in modern and contemporary philosophy from the perspective of Lacanian psychoanalysis.

Talk #3 Choreographical Development in The High North?
What are the current choreographical developments in The North?  What artistic traditions have influenced the field of Norwegian choreography? The festival has since the start operated with an expanded notion of choreography, including more conceptual driven approaches, context sensitive strategies, as well as somatic practices. In later years the festival has been increasing the presentation of choreographical work, often in a mode of exploration and experimentation, this year is no exception. As there are some relative new initiatives in our vast geographical region, we therefore we find it interesting to discuss current and historical developments of the field of choreography in the north with key figures from the region and elsewhere. With Knut- Ove Arntzen Professor Theater Studies Bergen University, Susanne Næss Nielsen Director Dansarena Nordand others.

The Talking Shop, Chrissie Poulter and teenagers from Stamsund
The Talking Shop is back! .. Yes .. It’s a real shop and it is really for talking! …  So what will you say to us? …. your words and ideas about the festival will make their way to the shop walls and to the wide world .. the daily online blog gets photos, filmed interviews and the written word out to an international audience and to festival followers here in Lofoten …  The Talking Shop crew are all teenagers from Stamsund, moving quickly to collect audience comments and transform them into questions ready to use in interviews with the companies and artists  … Editing then uploading and we’re ready for more …. What will you say to us?

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