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New Baltic Dance'17: Haugen Productions

13th of May 6.30 PM, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, Small Hall

Sisters 11 Years Later
Haugen Productions (Norway)

Idea and concept: Anne Katrine Haugen and Liv Hanne Haugen
Scenography: Lawrence Malstaf
Music: Erik Stifjell
Film: Hilde Korsæth
Film Sisters 2003: Knut Skoglund
Artistic assistance: Jon Tombre
Co-production: Dansens Hus, Nasjonal scene for dans

Premiere: 2014
Duration: 75 min

It has since been performed in Norway – Tromsø, Hammerfest, Sandnes, Narvik Harstad, Stokmarknes, Svolvær, Bodø, Bærum Kulturhus, Umeå in Sweden, Olomouc (Czech Republic), Montreal (Canada) and Copehagen (Denmark).

“The whole thing is so masterly done, and I don’t remember if a was breathing during the whole performance, I just remember that something took strongly hold of my heart and kept me tight...”  Helle Østvik, Finnmark Dagblad.

In 2003, Haugen Productions made Sisters. This performance was shown 180 times and seen by more than 25,000 audiences of all ages throughout Norway. Sisters 11 Years Later is the independent follow up in the story of close family and sisterhood. Now, eleven years later, the sisters Liv Hanne and Anne Katrine are still dancing; they ask themselves and their five remaining aunts: how is life now? What has the meeting with death – the loss of a mother and a sister – done with them? A wish to once more take a close look into family structures, now with focus on aging, loss and death as a natural part of a life, is the motivation behind the personal story. The performance includes mediums of cinematography, installation art, music, text, dance. 

Haugen Productions was founded in 2003 in Tromsø, Norway by the sisters Liv Hanne and Anne Katrine Haugen in connection with the first joint performance Sisters. Since 2003, Anne Katrine and Liv Hanne have initiated their own separate performances, yet always in close collaboration with each other. They share a dance education at the London Contemporary Dance School; both of them have an extended work experience in Belgium and the Netherlands with dance companies such as Ultima Vez (Wim Vandekeybus) and Angelika Oei. 2009 saw both sisters move to Tromsø. Documentary and fiction, rebelliousness and abstract dance as well as a strong North-Norwegian identity and background are part of their artistic motivation. Inclusive work processes and a transdisciplinary approach are important to ensure new movements.

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