My grandfather tells the story of when he as an 11-year-old boy was extracted from his home and forcibly evacuated from Finnmark with the German boat Karl Arp. Why had I never heard this story before? Why had I never asked before?
In the performance GLEMT, the audience will be presented the brutal northern Norwegian war history through dance, objects and authentic audio recordings from a near past few have knowledge of today.
Everyday memories, the nuances of war, the tastes, smells and childhood memories. The performance approaches the Great War through the small human experiences. The audience is invited into the stage to a close experience conveyed through dance, objects and authentic audio recording from a concealed past.
GLEMT are memories of war, of loss, of forgetting, and of the attempt to rise again.
Simone Grøtte is a dancer and choreographer from Finnmark, and is among other things known for a critically acclaimed performance Mannen som stoppa hurtigruta (The man who stopped the coastal steamer). Her work is strongly influenced by her northern Norwegian and Sami background, where this is woven into a contemporary expression in both theme, scenography and music. Her performances explore questions of identity and belonging, with an approach focusing on human emotions and perspectives.
Co–produced by the Arctic Arts Festival.
Supported by: Arts Council Norway, The Audio and Visual Fund, Spenn.no, Fond for utøvende kunstnere og Dansearena nord.