Struggle by proxy

Photo: Siren Lauvdal

Photo: Siren Lauvdal


Who owns a story?

 Are there topics or peoples that we should not speak of in this new age of identity politics? At what point does mirroring disability become misappropriation?

 Hege Haagenrud examines to what extent she, as a choreographer, should be able to survey and respond to another’s vulnerability. She has a fascination for the “involuntary exposed” and cognitive dissonance it causes in us – shame and attraction

This project uses a documentary narrative style and the choreographer stages disability-based movement taken from lived experience. The choreographer queries her own moral blindness in the re-appropriation of this body language into dance.

Is the moral blow softened if she is willing to risk the audience’s favour?

Choreography: Hege Haagenrud

Dancers: Stian Danielsen, Karen Lynne Bjerknesli and Ole Kristian Tangen

Dramaturgy: Gry Ulfeng

Composer: Rebekka Karijord

Sound design: Øyvind Mathisen and Hege Haagenrud

Light design: Norunn Standal

Premiere 25th of April 2019, main stage, Bærum kulturhus

Funded by Arts Council Norway, FFUK, Fritt ord, Fond for lyd og bilde,
Dramatikkens Hus, Bærum kommune and Bærum kulturhus