• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival
  • 5–14 March 2020
  • Performances, installations, talks,
    seminars and festival club
  • Mia Habib Productions
  • How to die – Inopiné
  • Thursday 12,19.00
  • Friday 13,19.00
  • Saturday 14,17.00


Maybe it ends in silence. Like the silence beyond silence. The silence when you are so far into the mountains at night that the only sound is your heartbeat. Or maybe it ends together, around a bonfire singing. Or maybe it never ends. What would this be with no ending? A process. A performance. 

Inopiné. We are on performance time, there is no starting over. The French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy brings in the word inopiné [unexpected, sudden], which means that which we don’t have an opinion or judgement, that which we haven’t yet imagined.

How to die – Inopiné is a transdisciplinary investigation, developed between Umeå and Oslo, about ecological grief, cultural panic, and a feeling of collapse. The collective of dancers, and scientists, have interviewed, discussed with and given workshops on these three thematics.

Dancer and choreographer Mia Haugland Habib was born in Houston, 1980. She makes work that speaks to the major concerns of our time. She engages a broad audience and local communities across social, political, and artistic spheres and in private, domestic, and public spaces.


  • Concept, choreographer and dancer: Mia Habib
  • Concepteur and research curator: Namik Mackic
  • Artistic advisor: Steinunn Ketilsdóttir
  • Dancers: Harald Beharie, Anna Pehrsson, Asher Lev, Nina Wollny
  • Sound designer: Jassem Hindi
  • Lighting designer: Ingeborg Olerud
  • Costume designer: Ali Hazara
  • Researchers: Marie Kraft, Ashkan Sepahvand
  • Costume consultant: Christina Lindgren
  • Set design consultant: Trond Solberg 
  • Producer and managing director: Grethe Henden
  • Producer and international relation manager: Siri Leonardsen
  • Pre-production: Kira Senkpiel
  • Photos: Ingeborg Olerud, Namik Mackic
  • In cooperation with: Norrlandsoperan Umeå
  • Supported by: Arts Council Norway
  • Co-production: Black Box teater/Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival (Oslo), Dansens Hus (Oslo), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Rosendal Teater (Trondheim), DansiT (Trondheim)
  • Thank you to the organizations and people whom the collective have worked with during the process: Vän in Umeå, Umeå School of Architecture, the Norwegian Climate and Forest initiative, CICERO (Center for international climate research), the Umeå Police, In Transit – safe spaces in crisis contexts The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Tøyen building society
  • Associated projects: EXPRESSIONS: the power and politics of expectations in dance led by Steinunn Ketilsdóttir and The New Dionysian Festival in Brussels


There will be stroboscope effects and theater smoke during the performance (harmless to inhale).
English speech during certain parts of the evening.
The final part of the performance will take place outdoors.

Duration: 150 minutes.

In collaboration with Dansens Hus.

  • 14 March / 12.00-15.00, Black Box teater, Foyer:
    Symposium: The Displacement Curriculum – Pedagogy of/and/for Collapse


FRI KUNST: We had a talk with Mia Habib about her viewpoints on artistic freedom. Click to read!