Untaming Tradition



20 OKTOBER KL 13.00-22.00


13.00 - 14.30 @ INTEMSCENEN

Conversation, moderator Melanie Fieldseth The artists and their work in relation to identity politics and the wider social context.

15.00 - 15.30 @ KLUBBSCENEN

Performance But you were the joy/ Yaniv Cohen

15.30 - 19.00 @ INTEMSCENEN

Interactive performance FÁDDÁ Magic Pharmacy/Marita I. Solberg

16:30 - 16.45 @ KLUBBSCENEN 

Silent movie The Movie Concert/ Jassem Hindi og Mia Habib        

17.00 - 18.30 @ FOYER 

Conversation, moderator Hanna Helseth. Social issues and violence, in relation to the artists Elle Sofe Sara’s and Sudesh Adhana’s works                                                        

19:00 - 20.00 @ KLUBBSCENEN

Performance and work in progress Beatnaga ii galgga gulgii geahccat / Elle Sofe Sara “Juohke nubbi” / Elle Sofe Sara (work in progress)

20:30-21:30 @ HOVEDSCENEN

Dance performance Untamed Donkeys/Sudesh Adhana

21:30-22:00 @ FOYER

Chai and joik

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Y to C

Yaniv Cohen

"but you are the joy" is an autobiographical solo work based on Cohen's experiences as a second generation of newcomer Jews from Morocco to Israel.

The performance explores the embodiment of enculturation; how the process which through we learn about the culture we live in resonates in our body. While this process examines Cohen's receiver perspective, he is currently working on the expansion of the work, which will explore also the 'passing' perspective. The new work is due to premiere during 2020.

Newcomers from Morocco to Israel were placed in so-called "development cities," which is another name for a ghetto. These cities were built by newly immigrated who were not fully integrated into Israeli society. With their outgoing personalities, Moroccan immigrants were often seen as vulgar and rude and were not always welcomed with open arms.

As a teenager, I wanted to be accepted as "normal" and renounced my parents' traditions.  I tried to embrace a more subtle behavior, a "correct" one. During the process of my integration in Norwegian society, I confronted, again, with my "vulgarity," questions and issues I had regarding my identity rose up. This process led me to explore the culture that I received from my parents, the music, the sound, the "vulgar" behavior.

My goal was to find and celebrate my "vulgar" traditions. I want to find a tribute to life in one of the most essential actions, dancing.


Performed by: Yaniv Cohen, Costume: Yaniv Cohen, Photo: Gadi Dagon.Music: “Improvisation” - Autour de Souleiman

”La Moledet Shouvi Roni” - Israeli Andalusian Orchestra

“Esterika”  Sfatatim

Co-produced by Carte Blanche (2005)

(Gjenopptakelse) Resumption: Y to C – Yaniv Cohen


The Movie Concert

Mia Habib

The Movie concert is a travel in sound, image and time to different locations in the world. It was originally commissioned for the opening og Dansens Hus in Oslo in 2008 to reflect around the thematic of the theme «center and periphery» in a personal manner. The film points at how central historical and political events may be peripheral but yet crucial in a persons life.


Mia Habib (*1980, Houston, Texas) is an Oslo-based dancer, performer and choreographer working at the intersection of performance, exhibitions, publications, lectures, teaching, mentoring and curating. Her work is described to hold a culture critical perspective on body, identity, society and dance. She engages in labs and research with a variety of specialists including artists, scientists, political activists and others.

Among Habib´s curatorial practices is her work with Stranger Within together with Jassem Hindi, co-curating a dance festival in Jerusalem (2011-2012), co-programming the jubilee seminar at Dance House Oslo (2018) and facilitating the 10 day Sweet & Tender program “Living House” at Dance House Oslo (2009).


Untamed Donkeys


This is a reaction to the recent crimes against women in India. If caused by a suppressed mindset, a solution will never be achieved by punishment. We explore the possible reasons behind the recent frequent gang rapes: the general notion of an "ideal boy", objectification of women, the conservative, patriarchal idea of man–woman relations, misconceptions of masculinity, religious suppression, and everyday violence.

We reflect on overlooked connections between the behavior of youth and their experiences; seven male dancers with seven blackboards and chalks – a metaphor for knowledge inequality in India – write and move, creating suggestive structures to portray the physics of the male mind.

We deconstruct the upbringing of men, shedding light on social stigma associated with the body, in movements based on situations where men end up behaving like a mob and turning to violence, addressing the after-effects. The male anxiety created by social hierarchy is the central subject of the work.

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Beatnaga ii galgga gulgii geahččat

Elle Sofe Sara

Work in progress “Juohke nubbi”

Along with the restaging of her trio “Don’t judge a dog by its fur“ (Beatnaga ii galgga gulgii geahččat) from 2011, choreographer Elle Sofe Sara is going to present excerpts of her new work in progress “Juohke nubbi” (w.t.). The title of Elle Sofe Sara’s first solo dance work, “Juohke nubbi“ (w.t.), is sámi and means one in two. It will be a choreographic reflection on the fact that statistically, one in two Sámi women experience sexual violence. More than twice as many as in the rest of Norway. Through the means of movement and text, this work gradually reveals the destructive power of violence, but also the healing renewal that will hopefully follow if only we allow it.

In “Don’t judge a dog by its fur“, three dancers are gradually drawing the audience deeper and deeper into a mythical, ritualistic landscape that challenges them to see more than just the outside.


Elle Sofe Sara, based in Guovdageaidnu, is a choreographer and director who works at the interlaces of video art, filmmaking and dance. In her works she regularly sheds light on the social, political and cultural peculiarities and challenges of the Sámi People. She holds a Master's degree in Choreography at the Oslo Academy of the Arts and studied Dance at the Laban School in London.

Koreograf: Elle Sofe Sara

Dansere: TBC

Medskapere: Marianne Kjærsund, Kristin Helgebostad, Hanna Mjåvatn, Sigrid Hirch Kopperdal.

I samarbeid med Dansearena nord.

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Giitu giitu

Giitu giitu (Thank you very much) takes us back to the time that Læstadian movements were common.

Length: 7 min

Genre: Short documentary


Director and Producer: Elle Sofe Sara

Filming and Editing: Andreas Ausland

Composer: Mari Boine, Roger Ludvigsen

Sound Post Production: Roger Ludvigsen

Lys: Stefan Hencz

Sound: Kim-Erling Johansen

Innspillingsleder, klapper: Kristin Holand

Production Manager: Mikal Mienna

Still Photo: Torgrim Halvari

Narrators: Máhte Máret/Marit M. Gaup Sara, Ante Bier Máret/Marit P. A. Gaup

Actors: Áilá Maja Utsi, Anitta Suikkari, Rawdna Carita Eira, Rávdná Turi Henriksen, Inger-Reidun Olsen, Aslak Mikal Mienna, Nils Henrik Buljo

Funded by: International Sami Film Institute, Northern Norwegian Film Center, Norwegian Cultural Council.