Dancing stag, dancing stag (Danse staur danse staur)

20. oktober 2021
Rådstua Teaterhus

To be “dancing stag” is a term hailing from the north of Norway, applied to the act of dancing with someone of your own gender.

Vi gjør oppmerksom på at det blir en en samtale før forestillingen, ca 18.45, mens forestillingen starter 19.30.

The practice was common during the seasonal cod fishing in Lofoten, where men danced with men without anything being made of it. It was like playing cards, singing, or fighting. The term – “dancing stag”, or “to stag” – would also be used of two women dancing together.

Dance company Kartellet will for the first time include female dancers, something which will give us new perspectives on dance, gender and expected behaviour between genders. Variations of human behaviors are central to this playful production brimming with fiery dance. One example of this is the way the women up north performed their couple dance: vividly and powerfully.

But what is erotic, what is sensual, and what is just a dance? Even small choreographic or human adjustments make us interpret these movements in very different ways.

Kartellet made their debut in 2012, in a collaboration with Kalottspel and Folkemusikk Nord. They have won Kritikerprisen (The Critics’ Award), Troms fylkes kulturpris (The Tromsø county Culture Award); they have been «Festspillprofil» at Festspillene i Nord-Norge (Profile artists at the Arctic Arts Festival), and are known to perform traditional dances and movements in unusual ways – in close proximity to the audience.

The music is a mix of the vintage synth «Yamaha DX7» and traditional fiddle, i.e. a fusion of the sound of the 1980s and 19th century.

Duration 45 min

Choreography: Kartellet / Sigurd Johan Heide.
Costume: Marita Solhjell Ølander
Dancers: Dina Bruun, Tone Ingvaldsen, Inge Martin Helgesen, Ådne Kolbjørnshus
Musicians and composers: Mariann Torset, Nina Fjeldet

Presented in collaboration with Insomnia Festival, Folkemusikk Nord / Scene Nord
Co-producers: Førde Internasjonale Folkemusikkfestival

Supported by FFUK, Folkemusikk Nord, Norsk Kulturfond, Fond for lyd-og bilde and Fritt Ord
Co-produsent i Tromsø: Rådstua Teaterhus