ARV OG LANDSKAP is Norwegian for heritage and landscape. This is the overall title of a double bill performance coupling Katarina Skår Lisa’s Gift of Stone and Otto Ramstad’s Lineage. Lisa and Ramstad go into the relational landscape, into their histories and come out with a contemporary storytelling through speech, movement, video, joik and poetics.
How was it like to live a hundred years ago? With a kind of artistic genealogy, Ramstad attempts to come closer to an understanding of his ancestors’ choices, struggles and decisions. In his work Lineage, he goes all the way back to the wave of Norwegian emigration to North America, once considered by his great grandparents.
Katarina Skår Lisa’s work Gift of Stone is created in close collaboration with three other artists, all with Sàmi roots; Ramona Salo Myrseth, Johan Sara Jr. and Torgrim Hermansen Halvari. Gift of Stone is a journey into the arctic landscape of Várjjat, the Sámi term for Varanger. The work is an expanded choreographic examination of physical boundaries, of histories, experiences and spirituality of this massive part of Sapmi – the region of the Sámi people.
Katarina Skår Lisa is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Otto Ramstad is a dance artist working with movement-research to create performances, video work and installations. Both Lisa and Ramstad are working site-specific in their praxis.