Born Old


Wed 7 & Thurs 8 Nov, Mylingen Barnehage

New premiere! This dancing fairytale with a technological twist and alongside beautiful Finnish song, re-imagines the stories of the shamanistic musician Vainamoinen for the kindergartens in Hammerfest

"Born Old" is made especially for children aged 4-10 years and their families. It is based on some of the ancient stories from the Finnish poem Kalevala, performed by Marjo Kiukaanniemi. The story uses narrative, dance, movies and songs to tell the adventures of Väinämöinen, reconstructed to deliver an environmental message. "Born Old" uses film as an integral part of the performance, and at the end, the children are invited to come out onto the floor to try the technology themselves. This is a new premiere with a Norwegian narrator, but we have kept the beautiful Finnish song.

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Language Norwegian, with Finnish song
Duration 35 min

Choreography Tanja Råman Digital design and live sound/video John Collingswood Dance and song Marjo Kiukaanniemi Norwegian narrator Gro Skanke Raattamaa Photos John Collingswood

"Born Old" is co-produced by TaikaBox and JoJo - Oulu Dance Centre. Early research and production was supported by AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture, Taike - Arts Promotion Centre Finland, OAMK - Oulu University of Applied Sciences and Culture House Valve. The performances during DanseFestival Barents is supported by Norwegian Film Institute and the Cultural Rucksack, with Mylingen Barnehage as our host.

TaikaBox is based in Oulu, Finland and was founded in Wales in 2010 by choreographer/dancer Tanja Råman and digital artist/designer John Collingswood. The company’s name is taken from the Finnish word: ‘Taika’ which means ‘magical’ or ‘enchanted’. Their work is an amalgamation of dance and technology, using digital media to enhance choreographic expression and engage with audiences. Tanja and John’s long-term collaboration has resulted in the creation of a variety of works including performances for stage, site-responsive dance, films, installations, broadcasts and art works that have toured internationally.

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