• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival
  • 5–14 March 2020
  • Performances, installations, talks,
    seminars and festival club
  • Kristina Norman
  • Lighter Than Woman
  • Friday 13,19.00
  • Saturday 14,19.00


Lighter Than Woman is a poetic documentary-performance about overcoming the gravity of life in direct and indirect ways. Norman observes Italy’s only female astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti as a person who has overcome gravity literally by becoming weightless in outer space. 

In parallel, Norman looks at Ukrainian female migrant labourers who live in Italy and work as caregivers for Italian elders, carrying the burden of their final years. They experience the heaviness in a literal matter by lifting the elderly as part of their daily routine

How these very different women deal with gravity, and what role their professional work plays in the happiness of human life are questions examined in Norman’s piece.

Trained as an artist, Kristina Norman is active both in the field of contemporary art and documentary filmmaking. While many of her art projects are presented in the form of video installations, the site-specific and the performative are also of great importance. Some of Norman’s more recent works are dedicated to the issues of migration, focusing on the aspects of memory and public representation. She represented Estonia at Venice Biennale in 2009.



Kristina Norman is undoubtedly one of the most controversial and versatile Estonian artists of the 21st century. – Art territory

  • By & with: Kristina Norman
  • Dramaturgy: Laur Kaunissaare
  • Camera, live execution: Erik Norkroos
  • Choreographic advice: Joanna Kalm, Karolin Poska
  • Music: Jēkabs Nīmanis
  • Light: Oliver Kulpsoo
  • With the participation of: Isadora Angelini, Ivana Abbondanza, Halina Fomiceva, Liubov Sandulovych, Nataliya Sandu, Victoria Bilivska, Mariia Filonenko, Mayya Romashchenko, Rina Pancaldi
  • Special thanks to: Piersandra di Matteo, Cosetta Nicolini, Maria Rita Palumbo, Anna Tomesani, Mariya Fedoryshyn, Meelika Ebrok, Meelis Muhu
  • Translations: Maarja Kangro, Tom Karik, Pearu Helenurm
  • Photos: Epp Kubu, Erik Norkroos
  • Supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Ministry of Culture of Estonia
  • Co-production: Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Tallinn), Santarcangelo Festival (Santarcangelo), New Theatre Institute of Latvia (Riga), Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione/Atlas of Transitions Biennale project Create to Connect -> Create to Impact supported by EU (Bologna)

This performance is invited by RAMN in resonance with the festival.
RAMN, associated artist at Black Box teater, is an interdisciplinary collective and discursive platform.


Duration: 90 minutes.

In English and various languages, with English subtitles.


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