An update from KAGE's Artistic Director, Kate Denborough

Norsk-australsk dansesamarbeid hos Dansearena nord

(Norwegian – Australian collaboration with Dansearena nord)

This was the headline in the local Norwegian newspaper in Hammerfest during our recent two week residency!

Dansearena nord is the producing company who hosted us in the remarkable Arctic Cultural Centre in Hammerfest, Norway. This beautiful town is famous for being the most Northern city in the world.

It was a pleasure to take KAGE artists Heath Bergersen, Timothy Ohl and Elle Evangelista to Norway for the first time. We were joined by Norwegian artists Eirik Fuglesteg Luksengard and Steinar Raknes and Sámi artists Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska and Elle Sofe Henriksen. To say that this is a unique group of people is an understatement!

We had an amazing two weeks of creative collaboration and were exposed to so many new ideas and ways of thinking. One of the highlights of the trip for me was being invited to go reindeer herding with Elle Sofe’s family who are traditional Sámi reindeer herders. 

Being inside a livestock corral with hundreds of reindeer thundering towards me, and then running in circles (they always run anticlockwise!) was a once in a lifetime experience.  We were also lucky enough to see the Northern Lights on our last night!

Caught in the Middle is shaping up to be a powerful and provocative work – combining Heath’s experience of being adopted as an Aboriginal baby into a white Norwegian/Australian family and Elle-Sofe’s experience as a Sámi woman and the challenges they face in holding onto their traditions within contemporary society. 

We are excited to be bringing our Norwegian colleagues to Australia next year and then returning to Scandinavia to premiere the work in 2018!

Kate x