Stellaris DansTeater brings together a cast of professional artists from the Barents Region of Norway for 'Whispers – by The Pearly Gates’.
This performance work originated from the choreographer’s meeting with Alzheimer's, where she marvelled at the complexity of the brain, how different character changes happen, and how situations shift like a light switch between reality and an inner perception of time and place. Using dance and film the characters communicate with each other in a landscape seemingly real for each of them. Not everything is as they believe, or the way they want the world to be.
The performers take the audience on a journey into the imagination where a battle between the characters may have unknown consequences.
“A very strong and deeply moving performance that really makes you embrace life.”
Eva Åström – Norrbotten Kuriren
“Dominated by arctic exoticism, feelings of the sea, earthiness and witchcraft. A multi-layered world created for the stage that aspires to break the boundaries of the senses”
Eeva Kauppinen – Teatteri and Tanssi
Choreographer, Writer and Director: Solveig Leinan-Hermo
Original Composition and soundscape: Halvdan Nedrejord
Other music: Excerpt from Faure: Elegiè in C Minor Op.24, Excerpt from Brel, Jacques Roman (Jacques Brel/ Rod McKuen)
Lighting design and technique: Torbjørn T. Sandnes
Technician: Niels A .W. Jensen
Costume and scenography: Heidi Kesti
Film Editors: Marie Hermo Jensen and Solveig Leinan-Hermo
Film clip editor and production co-worker: Marie Hermo Jensen
Camera: Ole Bornø
Translator and tour co-ordinator: Anna Karpova
Dancers: Patrik Häggström (Sweden), Ekaterina Nikitina and Nikolay Shchetnev (Russia/Noway), Maria Littow and Pirjo Yli-Maunula (Finland), Tonje Aas Molnes and Eivind Linn, as well as Solveig Leinan-Hermo (Norway)
Gerd Kaisa Vorren (Norway) features in the film
Producer and administration: Stellaris DansTeater/Solveig Leinan-Hermo
Production and tour supported by Arts Council Norway.