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Show photographer Øystein Grutle Haara

Carte Blanche: BIRGET; ways to deal, ways to heal

  • Show time

    Sat 9.9. at 7 PM

  • Duration 1h, no intermission

A dance performance developed by Elle Sofe Sara & Joar Nango | Dánsačájáhus – Elle Sofe Sara & Joar Nango

In recent decades, several Western countries have set up commissions to investigate the history of minority groups subjected to systematic state abuse.

BIRGET; ways to deal, ways to heal is a response to the Norwegian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which in June 2023 will submit proposals to reconcile the Sami and Norwegian people.

Birget is a Sami expression that describes a state of mastering or surviving in a changing environment. Driven by birget, Sara, Nango, and Carte Blanche invite the audience to overcome the fear of touching a heavy and challenging topic with a frisky performance that questions social and political boundaries, limitations, and today’s climate of reconciliation.

The performance process started in Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino where the Carte Blanche dancers experienced the Sami culture, polar night, and the northern cold on their bodies. Through encounters with the Sami people, personal stories of state abuse were shared with the dancers – experiences they carry with them on stage. The scenography’s materials and objects were also collected on the tundra in Finnmark.

Photo: Øystein Grutle Haara

Elle Sofe Sara (1984) is a choreographer and director who lives and works in Guovdageaidnu in Northern Norway. She has made the dance- and yoik performance “Vastadus eana- The answer is land” and several award-winning short films. Elle Sofe’s artistic work often reveals a space where past and present come together, a collage of Sami physicality and spirituality and simple elements. Elle Sofe has an MA in choreography from KhiO. She was festival profile at the Arctic Arts Festival (2020, 2021) and is in the process of making her first feature film which will be the world’s first yoik musical feature film.

Joar Nango (1979) is an architect and artist who lives in Tromsø. His work explores the boundary between art and architecture and often integrates the audience in his installations. He studied architecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology between 2002 and 2008 and exchanged at the Bergen School of Architecture and Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. Nango co-founded the idealistic architectural collective Fellesskapsprosjektet å Fortette Byen (FFB), and was a Festival Artist during the Bergen International Festival 2020.

Related programme


The documentary Birget; a portrait of a process (40 min) by Andreas Daugstad will be shown at Cable Factory's café Konttori. Everybody is welcomed and the entrance is free.

Meeting with artists

After the performance there will be a meeting with the director of Carte Blanche Annabelle Bonnéry, and dancers Adrian Barczak and Noam Eidelman Shatil. Free entrance. Welcome!

Ticket information

Early bird standard ticket | 35,70 € / 25,50 € (Early bird prices are valid until 6.8. After that 42 € / 30 €)
Discount ticket | 21 € / 15 € (under 16, students, unemployed, conscripts and civil servants)
Group ticket | 34 € (min. 10 persons)
Group ticket, discount groups | 19 € (min. 10 persons)
Professional ticket | 21 € (theatre and dance professionals)

Zodiak's discount tickets for theater and dance professionals are available at the information points at Cable Factory’s in the Glass Court Yard and at Cable Factory’s Konttori. You can get the discount by showing a membership card to a theater or dance association.

It is also possible to buy professional tickets in advance online. This requires the creation of a user profile in our ticketing system and identification as a theater and dance professional.

If you are interested in indentifying as a professional in the field, please contact lipunmyynti@zodiak.fi.

Pay What You Can | A small number of "Pay What You Can" tickets are also on sale for the performance. PWYC tickets are available at the info point that is located at the Cable Factory's Glass Courtyard and here. Read more about Pay What You Can tickets and other ticket information.

Note: To ensure good visibility to everyone, The Erkko Hall auditorium is steep. Please note that there is no lift to the upper section. Only the first row seats are fully accessible.

Photo: Øystein Grutle Haara


Idea and concept

Elle Sofe Sara, Joar Nango


Elle Sofe Sara


Joar Nango

Costume design

Indrani Balgobin


Anders Rimpi

Light Design

Arne Kambestad


Thomas Schaupp

Choreography Assistant

Alexandra Wingate


Ravdna Turi Henriksen


Adrian Barczak, Aslak Aune Nygård, Brecht Bovijn, Caroline Eckly, Dawid Lorenc, Gaspard Schmitt, Ihsaan de Banya, Mai Lisa Guinoo, Nadege Kubwayo, Noam Eidelman Shatil, Ole Martin Meland, Naomi Schouten, Manon Champion

Dancers - Original Cast

Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Anne-Lise Rønne, Ole Martin Meland, Aslak Aune Nygård, Caroline Eckly, Dawid Lorenc, Adrian Bartczak Noam Eidelman Shatil, Hanne van Driessche, Brecht Bovijn, Gaspard Schmitt, Daniel Mariblanca, Tilly Sordat, Trine Lise Moe

Co-produced by

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Bergen International Festival, Nordic Next, BIT Teatergarasjen


Helge Hansen

Performance photos

Øystein Grutle Haara


9.2.2023, Oslo, Den Norske Opera & Ballett | The Norwegian Opera & Ballet

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