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The Jury opens with a mysterious scene: two dancers performing contemporary dance to classical music with projected black and white scenery as a backdrop.
Suddenly we hear whispering voices: «What are they doing? Why do they do that? I don´t understand anything! This is boring!» Then one child appears on the projection fabric in the background – then another, and another.
The children stop the show. They decide that since they are children, and this is a performance for children, they should not only have their voices heard; they should actually make the performance. For who knows better than a child what a performance for children should be like?
We don’t know in advance if they’re going to succeed, but the group faces many challenges: will they manage to agree on what a good performance should contain; will they succeed in making the ultimate performance for children?

«I don’t want to cooperate with the other kids, I’d like to decide everything my SELF.»
Edith, 6 years

«I like violence and blood.»
Alfred, (7)

When this performance is played abroad it either has English subtitles projected on the screen, or the dialogue as voiceover recorded in the host country, by local children in their own language. The Norwegian dialogue is heard in the background.

Koreografi/Choreography: Hege Haagenrud
Dans/dancers: Maria Freyvoll /Catharina Vehre Gresslien/Hedda Rivrud and Marie Male Kalstø/Caisa Strømmen Røstad.
Dramaturgi/dramaturgy: Mads Sjøgård Pettersen
Komponist/composer: Rebekka Karijord
Lyddesign/Sound design: Erik Hedin
Video: Vibeke Heide and Hege Haagenrud
Scenografi/Setdesign: Hege Haagenrud
Foto/Photo: Siren Lauvdal/Hege Haagenrud

The Guardian