Sånafest 2015

Sånafest had this year 21 performances and 4 concerts at the program, and artists coming from France, Egypt, Germany, Finland, Columbia, Sweden, Austria, Italy and Norway. This was the year of “At home with”, where we moved the performances into the houses of locals in Hølen. Selected artists stayed 6 days with local families, using the stay to create a piece. 2015 was also the year for Transportation Dance all the way from Son to Hølen following the river Såna! Like the year before we had a workshop for children in contemporary dance. This year we also collaborated with Bifrost Hølen Regnbueteater, the local choir, the knitting café, a local Sånafest guerrilla equipped with ecological spray paint and other wonderful volunteers giving us their time, ideas and also their bicycle, car and home to use in the festival!


The purpose determines the structure

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Vrang live

Vrang

This Norwegian duo is spawned from the folk music community around Bærum Spellemanslag. Their musical attachment is therefore strongly rooted in Norwegian traditional music, but is also enriched by other genres. They are also known to mix media in their work, including literature, theatre and dance. Vrang exerts a light and playful charm through their sound and artistic approach.

Vrang live

Vrang will play at Sånafest's From France to Norway event friday 19th of June at 20:00.

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Home Philo

Paolo Zuccotti

Paolo Zuccotti studied physical theatre at the Scuola Teatro Dimitri in Switzerland and he has a bachelor degree in acting from the Norwegian Theatre Academy in Fredrikstad. Today he is interested in the relation between art and activism, and the potential of creative practices in shaping active citizenship.

Emma Örn

Emma Örn is educated in scenography at the University of California and at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is part of two independent performing arts collectives: Troja scenkonst and Bonthrop, initiating projects which are as much political as artistic.

Home Philo

Home Philo is an interactive installation and contemplative game, where the audience is invited to reflect and discuss on what they believe to be important questions. The piece takes in total 60 minutes but you can stay for longer. On the friday you can combine this piece with the other pieces starting at 19.00.

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Geist der Schwere / The spirit of gravity

Namanamafreeze

Namanamafreeze is a collaborative duo which combines visual art, dance and technology usually presenting works where the experience goes practically and virtually behind the act of performance. FITISM pervasive culture exertion was their first work premiered at Sånafest 2014. The duo was artist in residency at 4bid Gallery (NL) and Hangart (IT). Radici Studio #1 is a work in progress together with the collaboration of SALSAROSA.

Masako Matsushita

Masako Matsushita performs and stages works in a variety of venues including galleries and site-specific venues, as well as theatres. Having graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music & Dance, she has worked as a dancer for artists  including Curandi Katz, Cornelia Voglmayr, Josiah McElheny, Jeremy Nelson, Leonie Nadler, Matteo Fargion, Marie Gabrielle Rotie. She has presented her own choreographic works at festivals including In& Off Danza inscena IT, Neu/Now Festival 2012, Festival Aperto IT, Festival Ammutinamenti IT, HangartFest IX-X-XI ed. IT, CivitanovaDanza 2.0 IT, Ravnedans NO.

The body functioning and transforming depending on the given environment, the relationship between performer and viewer and the mutual influences between arts and digital technology are the main elements of her research.

Paolo Paggi

Geist der Schwere / The spirit of gravity

The piece is developed thanks to the collaboration with HangartFest.

The piece is a general study on the essence of life in the universe, from the origin until the extinction. Namanamafreeze takes you on a symbolic journey through alchemy, evolution, cosmology, irony and a pinch of Nietzsche’s nihilism.

Ich würde nur an einen Gott glauben, der zu tanzen verstünde. I would only believe in a God that knows how to dance.
– THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA By Friedrich Nietzsch

A number of minimum 4 and maximum 10 spectators are invited to participate to this piece. Spectators are invited to vision the work from a special and peculiar point of view. Anyone could participate there are not specific requirements. Kids aged 8 and above can take part accompanied by an adult. Instruction will be delivered on the day before the show. Want to be one of them? Send an email to saanafest@gmail.com.

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Transporteringsdans

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​Kvam & Hammerøs Kråketing

Kvam & Hammerø

Kvam & Hammerøs Kråketing består av
Gitar, vokal, kråkenebb: Arild Hammerø
Kontrabass, vokal, kråkefjær: Morten Kvam

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The tree of wishes

Tamer Fathy

Tamer Fathy attended the higher institute of ballet Cairo, and graduated with BA in Choreography in 2001. In between he was awarded a scholarship from Urdang Dance Academy UK to study in London for a higher national diploma of Performing Arts for three years 1997-2000.

Fathy has experience in different dance genres and a good background in Classical ballet, jazz, contemporary and modern dance, in addition to international folklore. He has danced with different choreographers and companies including the High Institute of Ballet Theater, Cairo Opera Ballet company, Cairo Opera Modern Dance Company, London Urdang Dance Company, Prinz Contemporary Dance Company.

Fathy has instructed and worked with both non professional and professional dancers throughout his career. Fathy both directs and choreographs. He has choreographed a numerous amount of musicals and theater work, in addition to music videos, and also worked in the cinema. In regards to directing he was directed opening and closing of ceremonies in addition to performances.

The tree of wishes

Wish trees are a phenomenon that can be found all around the world and take numerous forms whether the coin trees of Scotland where those searching for love drive coins into the bark to placate the spirits of fertility , the famous Lam Tsuen wishing trees in Hong Kong where locals write their wishes on joss paper and tie them to an orange then throw them into a tree in the belief that if the wish catches onto one of the branches it will come true or most famously the wish trees associated with the Japanese star festival of Tanabata which celebrates the reuniting of Shinto deities Orihime and Hikoboshi through the writing of wishes in the form of poems and hanging them on bamboo trees.

The performance will be a homage to these traditions and rituals and an expression of the power of our relationship to nature and what was formerly considered it’s sacred ability to engage with our most intimate needs as human beings and alter the course of our lives or simply compel us to reach realizations about our own natures through this ritual of engagement with our wishes.

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Dewey Dell live

Dewey Dell

Dewey Dell is a dance company born in 2007 and now based in Cesena/Italy and Berlin. The four members are Teodora, Demetrio, Agata Castellucci and Eugenio Resta. They have strong skills in different areas. This took each of them to give priority to a specific aspect of the work, without giving up a collective modeling of materials. Since 2007 Dewey Dell has created different works: à elle vide (2007), KIN KEEN KING (2008), Baldassarre (2009), Cinquanta Urlanti Quaranta Ruggenti Sessanta Stridenti (2010), Grave (2011/12), Marzo (2013).

In recent years they have been experimenting with forms of musical concerts, in collaboration with Black Fanfare, the musical group of Demetrio Castellucci, Black Fanfare//Dewey Dell (2011) and Tuono (2012). They are now presenting a new live concert. From 2013 is supported by apap ­ advancing performing arts project. The name Dewey Dell is a tribute to Faulkner and to the young girl of "As I lay dying", under whose look the company prepares itself to wander towards the abyss.

Dewey Dell live

Dewey Dell presents a concert in which the musicians’ movements relate to a complex layering of drumming sounds, with the aim to create a solid, unified rhythmic body.

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(zero)- work in process

Cuenca/Lauro

Cuenca/Lauro is the artistic collaboration between the two Berlin-based dancers and choreographers César Augusto Cuenca Torres and Elisabetta Lauro. They received a Diploma in Performing Arts at the Folkwang University of Arts and finish a biennial master, majoring in interpretation. They work with the taiwanese director Wu Kuo-Chu for the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and the Wuppertal Schauspielhaus and are guests in "Le Sacre du Printemps" of Pina Bausch.

In 2004 they became stable members of the State Theatre of Kassel, directed first by the taiwanese choreographer Wu Kuo-Chu and then by the Berlin choreographer Johannes Wieland. They create work and perform among others with Malou Airaudo, Yossi Berg & Oded Graf, Rootlessroot and the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre.

Back to the freelance dance scene in 2011 they focus on their own productions. An excerpt of their first piece "Hay un no sé que no sé donde" wins the Special Mention of the Jury and the Audience Prize at the Masdanza Choreographic Contest 2013, is selected for the italian network Anticorpi XL '12 and is invited to various international festivals. Their new creation (zero) work in progress is finalist at the italian award Outlet 2014, is selected for the Anticorpi XL Network '14 and part of the project Permutazioni/Zerogrammi. The project has been awarded with the production prize Premio Equilibrio Roma 2015.

(zero)- work in process

When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That' s what this storm's all about.
– Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Project supported by Associazione Sosta Palmizi and Associazione Invito alla Danza. Project awarded with the Production Prize Premio Equilibrio Roma 2015. Project finalist within Outlet Award A.C.S. The work will premiere as a full length evening in the Festival Equilibrio Roma 2016.

We let things go and then we let ourselves go. We kept on circling in orbit, one round the other, with nothing to aim for. We found ourselves upside down, distant and alone, an inch from the ground, with our centre too high and with less and less weight. Everything we are is at play. The vortex of zero annulled any certainty and demolished our structures as a hurricane destroys houses, and it left us like this, uprooted and exposed, strangers to ourselves and the world we inhabit. Now we keep on trying, in search of a reference point that probably does not even exist, and we are not allowed to stop. But actually roots themselves are not still, never fixed: they dig, unearth, emerge, plunge down again, overwhelm. They search with no regret. And the tree itself, that believes it grows straight towards the sky, has its real life underground in a crazy weft of directions. There is its destiny and it is probably in this movement that the essence of every being becomes real. At the zero point, where everything is ephemeral and evanescent, real life, which is shapeless, takes place.
– (E.L.)
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Etats des lieux

Collectif A/R

Thomas Demay

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Born in 1987, Thomas Demay studies in EPSE danse in Montpellier then from 2008 to 2012 at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, majoring in contemporary dance. There, he studied the works of Pina Bausch, Trisha Brown and Claude Brumachon. In 2011, he dances "Concursus" for Davy Brun's ANDO company. Thereafter, he joins Samuel Mathieu's company for creation of "Les Identités Remarquables", "Humano Project"and “R”. With Yan Raballand, he takes over a part in "Vertiges". He works with David Hernandez for the new creation 2015 “Hullabaloo”. Concomitantly, he pursues his own projects, linking live music and contemporary dance with urban spaces.

Olivia Caillaud

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After studies in the CNR of Angers, Olivia Caillaud integrates the CNSMD of Lyon where she obtained dancer's Professional Upper National Diploma and License Performing art Theatrical Studies in 2010. She studied at the National Dance studio of Lyon with Maguy Marin. She received her License Anthropological Performing art and Studies in 2011. Olivia works regularly with the company Balades of Sylvie Giron in Roi des bons (2011/2013) and Par temps d’automne (2014). She also worked with Mitia Fedotenko in Par être (2013) and Point zéro (2014/2015), and performed for Frank Micheletti in Tiger Tiger Burning Bright (2013). Olivia is at the same time interested in theater and has formed Zero company Theater with the director Benoit Theberge. It will be talking silhouette in 2014 in the movie of Daniel Ardib called Peur de rien.

Sébastien Hervier

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Sébastien Hervier has played in various orchestral with P. Ferro, J.M. Cochereau, L.Slatkin, Rophé, N. Simon. He accompanies the voices in music directories medieval and revival, in particular the group Epsilon and the group Alkymia XIV. He also occurs behind the battery with various trainings of improvisers, in particular the collective of improvisation of the CNSMD with which he participates in numerous concerts and performances. In 2015, within the framework of a Master's degree in the CNSMD of Lyon in the class of Jean Geoffroy, he will create The Mailbox: solo for voice, battery, objects and electronic. Curious about the meeting with other forms of artistic expression, he is next to the theater with the film directors N. Ramon, Mr Reichler, Has. Perroux and C. Fustier. He works regularly with the dance, at present with the Collective A/R in a performance of street; he also realizes the musical creation of « Ma présence est un mensonge, ».

Etats des lieux

Outdoor performance to be moved

This project aims at exploring several urban spaces, one by one and according to the inspiration. A percussionist and two dancers come to live in a place and to share this space together for few moments.

This meeting also tries to address a wide public and to share with them an unusual perspective of the chosen place.

Founded in 2012 by Julia Moncla, Paul Changarnier and Thomas Demay, Collectif A/R is born from a defining encounter during their studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon, France. The desire to link percussion and dance is the core of their creative process. They want to mix and accentuate their individuality.

At Sånafest 2015 represented by Thomas Demay, Olivia Caillaud and Sébastien Hervier.

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AJIMA

Ajima

Marc Philipp Gabriel

Marc Philipp Gabriel is a Berlin based artist working in performance, choreography and installation. He studied architecture in Dresden, Berlin and Tokyo, before he started working in music theatre and dance as assistant director, dramaturg and educator (Berliner Philharmoniker, Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Köln, Miskolc International Opera Festival, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater). Having completed the Dance Intensive programme at Tanzfabrik Berlin, he performed his first dance solo »Selbstanleitung« at Tanztage 2008 in sophiensæle Berlin. Since then he has created, performed and/or collaborated in the creation of diverse performative works in many places, including Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon. He received the danceWEB scholarship 2013 at ImPulsTanz Vienna and is about to graduate from the BA dance, context and choreography at the Inter-University Center for Dance (HZT) Berlin.

Maija Karhunen

Maija Karhunen (b. 1987) lives in Helsinki and works as a performer and writer in the fields of performance, dance and theater. She studied dance and choreography in Finland, Netherlands and Germany. She also studied communication and art research in the University of Helsinki. Karhunen is interested in the all-encompassing performativity of a human, as well as themes of gender, power, the grotesque, intimacy and the personal. She worked with several choreographers and directors, one of the latest works being Dries Verhoeven's installation performance Ceci n'est pas that is currently touring in Europe. She writes for several performance and art publications in Finland.

​Friederike Meese

Friederike Meese received her diploma in stage design at the Berlin University of Arts in 2010. Since then she has worked as a freelance stage and set designer, not only in Berlin. F.M spent several years abroad, in Alaska, Czech Republic and most of all in Russia. An opera project in Hungary and art-science project in Russia followed. Through a project series with Komische Oper Berlin, her focus has moved more and more to music theatre. One piece of this series is called „Can man love a crow? A phantasmagorical biologic Western Thriller“. The piece uses film music in the context of an opera performance to explore the strange coexistence of animals with human beings. With the composer Hannes Seidl F. Meese has worked on several music-theater pieces with young people in Brandenburg. New works are the choreography piece AJIMA with Marc P. Gabriel and „Babytalk – ein Kinder-Krieg-Musical“ with Elisabeth Engstler in Berlin.

AJIMA

The performance AJIMA stages a character that oscillates between real and fake, private and public, quotidien and theatrical. Throughout the piece, the ambiguity of our wavering identities and roles, our assumptions on others in social interactions become a life exhibition, are cast a spotlight on, and are processed in a collective ritual. The self-referential character AJIMA is alternating and shifting between revealing and hiding, lying and telling the truth, looking and being looked at.

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Tristissimo

C&C

The project of “C&C” was made in July 2011 by the union of Carlo Massari and Chiara Taviani.

Our approach is to work in close relation with society in its various aspects. Through a bare-bones language free from superstructure, C & C tries to analyze the depth of relationships by meeting people and trying to bring truth onto the stage. All this is enabled by a physical language that allows the audience to feel represented within universality.

Tristissimo

A perfect day, a perfect world, then at some point all becomes twisted. It seems a tragedy , it seems the inspiration for a prologue, it seems a true story, it seems the end of a world, in the world. Everything for the hand of man ... for proclamation of freedom, achievement, interest, and beauty. Do you love me or kill me? We report here on a dreamlike past, yet contemporary, disturbed and inappropriate.

It seems the excitement of the strong things, it seems unique, it seems the only goal, it seems flesh, blood... Then BANG! Just a shot and it all ends... Of what has been, in the writings traces remain of desperate lovers, tortured feelings of immense sadness and tears. We have not changed that much. Everything still revolves around love and in its eternal contrast. Let the work root into the why and how of something powerful, strong, huge! We analyze the nature of the restraint and the pursuit of absolute freedom, the current one, our daily one. We are inspired by the true facts of the crime, true. In one way or another we try to have our say and not to leave a reaction-relationship unfinished , we are also part of this time, in the end.

What is left of the myth? A first study on the work of Wagner, a source of inspiration to investigate on. A careful listening to the song and its majesty. The discovery of the modernity of the Opera, a similar picture, but far from the Middle Ages. The Wagnerian Opera instigates not only to make tragedies; it is a fact, a divine melody. Take a head, an incipit, an unforgettable sample, forever... and then weigh it ... What was it? What's this? What will remain?

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012

C&C

The project of “C&C” was made in July 2011 by the union of Carlo Massari and Chiara Taviani.

Our approach is to work in close relation with society in its various aspects. Through a bare-bones language free from superstructure, C & C tries to analyze the depth of relationships by meeting people and trying to bring truth onto the stage. All this is enabled by a physical language that allows the audience to feel represented within universality.

012

A family.
On an armchair.
Waits. The end of the world.
Much or little time to get, maybe, the last chance to be really honest. What’s left to say?
If it there’s still something important to say?
A show without words On the importance of dialogue.
A small space in which deal Three points of view forced neighbors.
A bond, as hope, is perhaps the last to die?

012 is a formula. A hypothesis. A prediction. This could just be the end of the world. The end of an era, the end of a project, a program, a show, a life. At the dawn of this hypothetical apocalypse of this acceptance, we return to human being, naked and raw, himself, facing this existential fear or that subliminal liberation of his soul. What is the reaction to the fear of the end? Of Hunger? Since everything is “the end of the world” especially the most beautiful things.

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