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Leahkit

A journey between different states of presence

«Leahkit» is a fascinating meeting with the founder of FRIKAR, Hallgrim Hansegård, and the sami musician and joiker Torgeir Vassvik.

Leahkit means 'to be present' in the North Sami language, a physical, emotional and spiritual state that has become a luxury item in a time focused primarily on multi-tasking. Hansegård and Vassvik have delved into their respective trance traditions in dance and music, which were silenced by Norwegianisation and Christianisation. Leahkit is a unique meeting of Norwegian folk dance and joik that cultivates the journey between different forms of presence.

 

Hallgrim Hansegård founded FRIKAR in 2006 to give Norwegian folk dance more artistic freedom. His work has toured in 30 countries and in 2013 he won the silver Prix Italia award. He has learned from the old masters, dusted off rare scriptures and is ever seeking knowledge about people and new forms of collaboration.   


Torgeir Vassvik is one of Norway’s most prominent joikers. He represents continuity and renewal in the transmission of coastal Sami music, in a happy combination of Eastern with Western elements.   

* Unexpectedly mystical and utterly compelling, not least because both men are masters of their art. - The Herald

* Hansegård has a strong stage presence. One of NordDance’s more challenging, yet memorable, works. - The Scotsman

* In Leahkit he artfully and groundbreakingly combines the archaic with the contemporary and thus is a real genious of his art. - Westdeutscher Rundfunk

* Leahkit is an experience you can't protect yourself against. - Finnmark Dagblad

* A rare, meditative experience, with its own kind of peace - Scenekunst.no

* It's hard to mix traditional dance with joik, but they have made it with unbelivable success. - NRK Sápmi

 

Credits

Idea, choreography & dance: Hallgrim Hansegård

Music by and with: Torgeir Vassvik

Dramaturg: Matthias Quabbe

Light & set design: Horst Mühlberger

Costumes: Sylvia Denais & Hallgrim Hansegård

Advicers: Karene Lyngholm & Maja Ratkje

Sound design: Herman Kvelprud

Co-producers: Dansens Hus, Teater Innlandet & Beaivvas Sami National Theatre

#Joik
#Halling
#Trance
#Contemporary dance
#Sami culture

Unexpectedly mystical and utterly compelling, not least because both men are masters of their art

Mary Brennan
The Herald

Hansegård has a strong stage presence. One of NordDance’s more challenging, yet memorable, works

Kelly Apter
The Scotsman

In Leahkit he artfully and groundbreakingly combines the archaic with the contemporary and thus is a real genious of his art

Babette Michel
Westdeutscher Rundfunk
PRESSEFOTO LEAHKIT
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TECHNICAL RIDER
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BOOKING

WORLDWIDE:

Dirk Korell, Camin Aktion. 

Email: contact@caminaktion.eu

Phone: (+33) 06 85 43 55 67

 

NORWAY:

Ellen Berntsen, FRIKAR  

Email: booking@frikar.com

Phone: (+47) 90 222 875