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Figure-ring /New voices

produsent:  Charlotte Faaberg-Johansen & Camilla Svingen / Syv Mil AS

co-produsent: Simba Arts, BIT Teatergarasjen, Carte Blanche & Fana Kulturhus

Foto: foto: Mayank Khanna, Gurdaman Saluja, Divye Dua, and Anibha Dhar

 

Pre-premiere 21.Sep,2020 @Sunndalsørakulturhus

1900HRS


World premiere 23.Sep,2020 @fanakulturhus 

1900HRS

In Figure-ring / New Voices, Bergen-based artists, each with their own unique immigrant background. They merge different dance genres, ethno music, poetry, spirituality and storytelling into this captivating dance performance based on Ubuntu - an African humanity and philosophy of life with rich ancient historical roots.


Ubuntu is based on ethical and humanistic values, emphasizing community, oneness, humanity, empathy and relationships with each other. "Without you I am nothing".


The performance is developed as a constructive critique of society. It invokes dialogue based on thoughts and experiences of immigrants, their personal identities and aspirations in a new home. A home where personal qualities and dreams are the same as they always have been, but where the framework has completely changed. Many immigrants strongly feel inadequate no matter how hard they work to integrate into the environment and society they now call home. They feel "disabled" despite the fact that they are in fact "fully functional".


The performance will be intimate and inclusive - an invitation to an expanded insight into African / Norwegian culture and an aesthetic expression of what it means to define oneself as a Bergen resident with an immigrant background. It celebrates culture and diversity and will meet the audience across background and social status.


Figure-ring / New Voices is Vestland Danseteater's (VDT) debut project on the initiative of the dance artist, Simbarashe Norman Fulukia (Simba). VDT uses the energy and power of music and dance to break through social norms thus create change and development. Raising dialogue on what it means to be minority. Through this initiative, the local community and young people are engaged and encouraged to be versatile whilst embracing, the diversity of the art field and life in general.

Chief Executive Creator: Simbarashe Norman Fulukia (Simba)

Choreographer/Artistic Director: Brian Geza

Dancers: Simba, Samuela Papotto, Robert January, John Pfumojena,

Naysha Sonét, Takieddine Chanouf, Shelmith Øseth

Costume Designer: Nomcebo Khumalo

Video/foto: Freedom Kime

Rehearsal Director: Caroline Rufaro Tedi

General Manager: Phillimon Chigwida

Producer: Charlotte Faaberg-Johansen, Syv Mil AS

 
 

About Us

Vestland Danseteater (VDT) er et nytt og første fysisk integrert danseteater kompani for profesjonelle dansere / artister med flerkulturell eller migrantbakgrunn på Bergen, Vestlandet.

 VDT is the first physically integrated dance theatre company based in Bergen for professional dancers/artists with multi-cultural and migrant backgrounds. 

OUR VISION

Is to be the artistic epicenter for the minority groups of people in Norway and the world at large.

OUR MISSION

 It is to create, produce exciting, accessible, engaging, provoking, inclusive and most of all inspiring work by Bergen, Vestland based multi-cultural/dancers with multi-cultural and migrant backgrounds that can connect with audiences from all backgrounds. 

OUR GOALS

Are to work closely, encourage, empower often overlooked groups of people in Norway and the world at large. In the most case scenario; dis/abled,  ethnic minority, immigrants, young people, artists to unleash their creative potential VOICES within dance, arts, and culture.

VDT is Fana Kulturhus associate dance company. Together we would like to stimulate the development of culture in the municipality of Bergen and the newly Vestland region.

 
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“If movement is the food of our soul, keep moving”

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Upcoming Events
Figure-ring / New Voices (pre-premiere)
Mon, Sep 21
Sunndal Culture & cinema
Sep 21, 7:00 PM
Sunndal Culture & cinema, Auragata 2, 6600 Sunndalsøra, Norway
“Figure-ring / New voices” er nyfunnet mot, åpenhet, løsninger og veien videre som kunstner og medmenneske. Danseforestillingen feirer kultur og mangfold og skal treffe publikum på tvers av bakgrunn og sosial status. foto: Mayank Khanna, Gurdaman Saluja, Divye Dua, and Anibha Dhar
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Figure-ring / New Voices (World premiere)
Wed, Sep 23
Fana Kulturhus
Sep 23, 7:00 PM
Fana Kulturhus, Østre Nesttunvegen 18, 5221 Nesttun, Norway
“Figure-ring / New voices” er nyfunnet mot, åpenhet, løsninger og veien videre som kunstner og medmenneske. Danseforestillingen feirer kultur og mangfold og skal treffe publikum på tvers av bakgrunn og sosial status.
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Figure-ring/New Voices (work in progress)
Sat, Feb 29
Studio USF
Feb 29, 7:00 PM
Studio USF, Georgernes Verft 12, 5011 Bergen
Et nyskapende debutverk om dansens tilstand og handlekraft hos Bergensbaserte performancekunstnere med innvandrerbakgrunn, som gir sin gave, sitt talent og sin kjærlighet videre. foto:John Pfumojena
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Infinite Flow - workshop med Simbarashe Norman Fulukia / Vestland Danseteater
Sat, Feb 29
Bergen Dansesenter- regional center for
Feb 29, 11:00 AM
Bergen Dansesenter- regional center for , Georgernes Verft 12, 5011 Bergen, Norway
Teknikken Infinite Flow (iFlow) er et bevegelsesspråk bygget på kreativitet, kroppsbevissthet og høy energi-intensitet med solid forankring i den afrikanske filosofien Ubuntu.
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Figure-ring/New Voices (work in progress)
Fri, Feb 28
Studio USF
Feb 28, 7:00 PM – Feb 29, 4:05 AM
Studio USF, Georgernes Verft 12, 5011 Bergen
Et nyskapende debutverk om dansens tilstand og handlekraft hos Bergensbaserte performancekunstnere med innvandrerbakgrunn, som gir sin gave, sitt talent og sin kjærlighet videre.
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Ubuntu – et foredrag om afrikansk filosofi
Thu, Feb 27
Studio USF
Feb 27, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Studio USF, Georgernes Verft 12, 5011 Bergen, Norway
Ubuntu er et humanistisk livssyn som er tuftet på verdier som fellesskap, medfølelse og evne til å tilgi urett.
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iNf9t flow (iflow)

Teknikken Infinite Flow (iFlow) er et bevegelsesspråk bygget på kreativitet, kroppsbevissthet og høy energi-intensitet med solid forankring i den afrikanske filosofien Ubuntu. Den norgesbaserte koreografen Simbarashe Norman Fulukia (Simba) vil i denne workshopen gå dypere inn på Ubuntus fellesskapsideal formidlet gjennom samtidsdans, kunst og afro-kultur.

Infinite Flow-teknikk fokuserer hovedsakelig på å gjenoppdage sin flyt som danser og menneske gjennom å skape ubegrensede bevegelser og kroppsrytmer som er overskridende, helende og meditative, akkompagnert av Mbira-musikk. Tradisjonelt har Mbira blitt brukt i forbindelse med Shona-folkets nattlige Bira-ritualer, og kan beskrives som både transcendent og beroligende.

Infinite Flow-teknikken regnes som Vestland Danseteaters kunstneriske signatur. 

iNfinite Flow is a way of life, which draws from its name, one consciousness of livity. Infinite Flow is about the feel, simple and effective unlimited movements.


Infinite flow is not so much about the arrangements/positions or labels. The whole session/experience is a journey accompanied by live Mbira music to guide all movers to transit from the physical world and spontaneously flow into a space and place of infinite joy and consciousness.

 

Ensemble

Caroline Rufaro Tedi (Zimbabwe)

Rehearsal Director

Charlotte Faaberg-Johansen (Norway)

Producer

Phillimon Chigwida (Zimbabwe)

General Manager

Brian Geza (Zimbabwe)

Choreographer/Artistic Director

Samuela Papotto (Italy)

Creative Creator /Performer

Robert January (Zimbabwe)

Creative Creator /Performer

Naysha Sonét (Norway)

Creative Creator /Performer

John Pfumojena (UK/Zimbabwe)

Creative Creator /Performer/Musician

Takieddine Chanouf (Morocco)

Creative Creator /Performer (Apprentice)

Shelmith Øseth (Kenya)

Creative Creator /Performer (Apprentice)

Nomcebo Khumalo ( Kingdom of Eswatini )

Creative Costume Designer

Freedom Kime (DRCongo)

Creative Photo/Videographer

Simbarashe Norman Fulukia (Zimbabwe)

Chief Executive Creator / Dancer

Arianna Sotero (USA)

Associate creative creator

Athira Zolkiffli (Malaysia)

Creative Lighting Designer

Alexey Fedotov (Russian/Latvia)

Creative Musik Designer

Mutero Blessing (Zimbabwe)

Physical Fitness Trainer

Tendai Zuze Fulukia (Zimbabwe)

Tour/Stage Manager / Chief Technician

Tapiwa Mhasvi (Zimbabwe)

Physical Fitness Trainer /Performer

Ennias Pepe Rhappozzoh (Zimbabwe)

Creative Performer

 

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