About the Company
Kari Hoaas Productions was established by the Norwegian choreographer Kari Hoaas in 2005, upon her return to Oslo after more than a decade working in New York City. She is known to create physical and complex performances that allow for ambiguity and contradiction, while retaining a profoundly human quality connected to our broader culture. Be Like Water is her seventh evening length production, and the first in a planned cycle of works exploring our relationship with nature. Her previous three works Daybreak 2010, On the desperate edge of now 2013 and One 2013 explored issues of gender. Her work has been produced and presented by major venues all over Norway and the Nordic region, in addition to international co-productions and tours to the USA, Caribbean, Europe, Caucasus and the Middle East.
About the Performance
In Be Like Water I continue my commitment to develop an extreme, but organic physicality, while exploring the emotional mathematics of choreographic structures. Can the body become an open conduit for energy? Defining its own space and relation to the group, shedding all notions of statehood, race and gender? Can instead the individual come forth communicating directly? Created towards the background of fear the self-made apocalypse of climate change represents, I chose to work in a poetic vein, searching for beauty, as a catalyst to penetrate the sorrow and powerlessness our continued destruction of the basic element of all life, water, represents.
Cast and Credits:
Concept, choreography and direction: Kari Hoaas
Dancers: Ida Haugen, Antero Hein, Thais Hvidt, Åsne Storli, Gerd Kaisa Vorren, Anton Wretling/Ot Light design: Laurent Ravot
Videoscenography and tour technician: Tord Eliassen
Sounddesign: Morten Pettersen
Costumedesign: Signe Vasshus
Seam: Antti Bjørn
Music: Meredith Monk, Kayhan Kalhor, Levon Minassian, Delphine Mantoulet & Valentin Dahmani, Armand Amar & Seyed Mohammad Hanjani
Photographer: Kim S. Falck-Jørgensen
Creation supported by Arts Council Norway and http://cialisfrance24.com Fund for Sound and Image. Co-production with Culture Skellefteå, Sweden and Bærum Kulturhus, Norway.
Touring funds provided by Norwegian Ministry of foreign Affairs, Performing Arts Hub Norway, Arts Council Norway and Fund for Performing Artists.
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