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Hild Borchgrevink & Venke Marie Sortland

4-5 November 2019


Have you ever wanted to experience a far-away island at the very top of the world? Here is your chance!!

DanseFestival Barents kicks off the festival 2019 by inviting you to join us on a 24 hour boat-trip combining wild arctic nature, professional input and social exchange. The trip goes from the city of Hammerfest to the island of Sørøya with the old local ferry Gamle Mårøy.

In 2019, DanseFestival Barents aims to explore the relationship between the local and the global. How does centre and periphery relate and define each other?

Sørøya (South Island, Sállan in North Sámi language) is, unexpectedly from its name, located far north, facing the Barents Sea. It is Norway’s fourth largest island and is connected to the mainland by boat only.

During the 24 hour trip, we invite artists, curators, administrators, writers and other professionals who work in the field of performance and art to engage in a multilingual workshop of collaboration, translation and discussion: How might a dance festival, and dance as a language, with its inherent knowledge of relations between movement and space, intervene and challenge our perception of centres and peripheries? Who decides the location of a centre? The workshop is run by Hild Borchgrevink and Venke Marie Sortland.

Ferries connect communities and landscapes that otherwise would be divided. Our trip will take this act of connection and the pendular movement of a ferry as its point of departure.

Gamle Mårøy is a former local ferry that has been declared a cultural heritage. In 2019 it is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Upon arrival at Sørøya we will explore the landscape, meet some of the island’s 1000 inhabitants and continue our exchange in the local school building. We spend the night at quay on board Gamle Mårøy. After a hearty breakfast the next morning, we return to Hammerfest and the opening day of the festival.

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Photo: Siri Wigdel / Maiken Garder / Marie Hermo Jensen

Timetable for the trip:

Monday, November 4
12noon - Departure from Hammerfest harbour with Gamle Mårøy
Workshop and meal on board
Workshop on international collaboration with Siri Wigdel and Maiken Garder
Visit to the arctic camels at Sørøya
Workshop continues
Meal at Sørøya
Lantern-walk out to the beach in Akkarfjord

Overnight stay on Gamle Mårøy at quay. NB: Shared cabins, 2 or 4 beds

Tuesday, November 5
Hearty pirate breakfast on board
A “happening” on Sørøya
Return trip with coffee and waffles
12noon - arrival Hammerfest
13:00 - Performance lecture with dancer Cecilie Lindeman Steen at Hammerfest Library

Language The main working language will be English, but you can participate in any language. We will be working with all the languages represented by the participants.

Booking at post@dansefestivalbarents.no. Please write "Motion-remote booking" in the subject field.Please note that this trip has limited spaces, we recommend booking early. All meals will be provided. Please advise us about any special dietary requirements you may have upon booking.

Contact Festival Director Siri Wigdel at +47 94089292 if you have any questions about the trip

Payment information
You can either pay with Vipps or a bank transfer to DanseFestival Barents. We will send you further payment details upon registration.
Early Bird price 2500 NOK for bookings before 01/09/19.
After this date the price will increase to 3000 NOK.
A non-refundable deposit of 500 NOK upon registration is required to secure your booking.

Bring along plenty of warm, wind and waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear.

Hild Borchgrevink has an MFA in art and public spaces from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and is educated in creative writing from Skrivekunstakademiet in Hordaland. Alongside her own artistic practice, she works as an editor and writer in the fields of music and dance and has created several projects and workshops developing discourse around contemporary dance.

Venke Marie Sortland is a dance artist and writer. She is one of the founders of Landing – a production unit which develops site-specific and participatory dance and dance discourse. She is educated from Skolen for Samtidsdans (today HDFK University College of Dance Art) and holds an MA in pedagogy from the University of Oslo.

The project is a collaboration between Hild Borchgrevink, Venke Sortland, DanseFestival Barents and Dansearena nord.

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