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Vástádus eana/ The answer is land | Elle Sofe Sara Co.

“Vástádus eana/ The answer is land”

Elle Sofe Sara Co. (Norway)
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Show location: Westbury Theatre ( Fringe Theatre Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave)

Co-production with Fringe Theatre Adventures

Community and kinship between people, with nature and with the earth we all share, are the main themes of Vástádus eana/ The answer is land. The choreography is inspired by demonstrations, Sámi spiritual practices and formation dance, and features Sámi yoiking (singing). Written specially for the performance by composer and professor of yoik, Frode Fjellheim, the polyphonic yoik works as a supportive pillar throughout the work. Fjellheim showcases the breadth of yoik and a new way of working with polyphonic yoik.

February 18
Doors: 7 PM
Show: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $25
Location: Westbury Theatre (Fringe Theatre Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave NW, Edmonton)

Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska
Emma Elliane Oskal Valkeapää
Grete Daling
Olga-Lise Holmen
Nora Martine Svenning
Julie Moviken
Vilja Kwasny

Ingvild Kristin Kirkvik
Anniell Olsen
Eivind Steinholm

Elle Sofe Sara | Artistic leader and choreographer:
The Answer is Land is a poem that I came across a few years ago. The poem is part of an artwork called Kiss From the Border by Jenni Laiti, Niillas Holmberg and Outi Piesku, where eight lines of poetry were placed along the Deanu river valley, on the border between Finland and Norway. The Kiss From the Border project caught my attention because it is political and activist art that is driven by love rather than anger.

Love and connection to nature, our surroundings and people are important to me, as I live in a Sámi village and society. I had an urge to create a dance and yoik experience where connection to the place (the land, nature) and togetherness are the main themes. That’s the starting point of this project.

The yoiks (Sámi traditional songs) are mountain yoiks and yoiks relating to nature. Some are from archives, some composed by Frode Fjellheim, one of the yoiks performer Sara Marielle and I have learned from an elder, and one of the yoiks is composed by me. It feels truly extraordinary that these yoiks, that come from all over Sápmi, are yoiked, heard and get a space in the public each time we meet an audience.

Often people ask me how they should define or look at my work: is it dance, is it a performance concert, theatre or what? In my opinion there is no need to define. Vástadus eana/ The answer is land is its own. Let yourself be carried away, feel and experience it!

Photo credit: Antero Hein


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February 18 @ 7:30 pm
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Elle Sofe Sara

Sara’s work expands upon seemingly mundane, often overlooked areas of Sámi physicality— unspoken rituals that have escaped the vice grip of colonialism. Sara uncovers a space in which the past and the present coincide.

While her choreography is known for its playful approach, she also delves into taboo subjects such as trauma, abuse, and suicide. As an Indigenous artist, Sara seeks to create work that resonates as strongly for her community as it does for the art world. Internationally, Sara has created work with Liu Chi (China), Wimme (Finland), and Lana Hansen (Greenland) among others. She is also the co-founder of DÁIDDADÁLLU, a Sámi indiginous contemporary art collective. Hailing from Guovdageaidnu, Norway, Sara holds an MA in choreography from the Oslo Academy of Arts (2010) and studied dance at the LabanTrinity school, London. She is the featured artist of the Arctic Arts Festival in Harstad (2020, 2021), winner of the Moon Jury Award at the Imagine Native Film Festival (2019) and one of four artists selected for Talent Norway’s emerging filmmakers program (2020-2023). When she is not working with choreography or film, or traveling for work, Sara can be found marking reindeer calves with her children or reading animal tracks in the snow.


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February 18 @ 7:30 pm
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