“Be Like Water” tour to Jordan and Palestine, April 2017

“Be Like Water” will tour to Jordan and Palestine this April with performances and workshops at Amman Contemporary Dance Festival and Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival. Upcoming Performances:

April 21st, 2017 – performance and workshops, Amman Contemporary Dance Festival at Royal Cultural Palace, Amman, Jordan.
April 23rd, 2017 – performance Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival at Municipal Theater, Ramallah, Palestine
April 25th, 2017 – workshop Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival at Saryyet Ramallah, Palestine
April 26th, 2017 – performance Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival at Palestinian National Theater, East Jerusalem, Palestine

“The ocean is roaring, the dancers roll over each other, try to get up, grabbing each other, supporting, fighting, hugging, struggeling against each other. The scene is overpowering. Thoughts go to drowning refugees in the Mediterranean, or to John Akomfrahs video work “Vertigo Sea” which gathered much attention at the last Venezia Biennale. … The movement language feels very natural, but is at the same time physically neck breaking and risky with elements of acrobatics, streetdance and martial arts. Gravity is recurrently utilised. … Somehow it feels hopefull. If people can dance water they should be able to create opportunities for survival.” – critic Karin Kämsby, Danstidningen, Sweden


Continuing my commitment to investigating an extreme and organic physicality within the emotional mathematics of choreographic structures, I chose to work within a poetic and impressionistic vein, to explore that basic element of all life: water.

Water is essential for all life forms, from the macro perspective of the planet to the micro perspective of single cellular life. Our bodies are seventy percent water. It is thus our most precious commodity. We as humans are a sea of liquids making a structure and shape, an organismic configuration, a form, a geometry, a pattern of pulsation leading to certain patterns of experienced life, feeling, and thinking both within ourselves and in the exchange with others.

Our world today is full of fear and division. Images of war, floods, drought, disasters, pollution and humans struggling for survival or empowerment are everywhere. I hope by acknowledging this as a background for my work, that it can ignite sparks of hope and compassion for the conditions of our shared world.
– Kari Hoaas


Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. – Bruce Lee


Choreography, concept and direction: Kari Hoaas
Dancers: Kenneth Flak, Antero Hein, Külli Roosna, Anne Lise Pettersen Rønne, Åsne Storli, Anton Wretling
Dancers touring cast 2017: Ida Haugen, Antero Hein, Thais Hvid, Åsne Storli, Gerd Kaisa Vorren, Anton Wretling
Lightdesign and technical director: Laurent Ravot
Videodesign: Tord Eliassen
Sounddesign: Morten Pettersen
Costumedesign: Signe Vasshus
Costumemaker/seam: Antti Bjørn
Producer/manager: Annika Ostwald
Music: Meredith Monk, Kayhan Kalhor, Levon Minassian, Delphine Mantoulet & Valentin Dahmani, Armand Amar & Seyed Mohammad Hanjani
Photocredit: Kim S. Falck-Jørgensen
Video trailer and documentation: Yaniv Cohen

Touring funds for Middle East tour generously provided by Norwegian Embassy Amman, Norwegian Office of Representation, Palestine, Performing Arts Hub Norway and Norwegian Department of Foreign Affairs, Arts Council, Norway and Fund for Performing Artists, Norway.

“Be like water” is co-produced by Bærum Culturehouse, Oslo, Norway and Culture Skellefteå in Sweden. Created, in part, in residency at Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts, Tanumshede, Sweden and Hallen, Nordanå, Culture Skellefteå, Sweden. Creation support provided by Arts Council Norway and the Norwegian Fund for Sound and Image. Touring funds provided by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Premiered: September 10th, 2015 at Bærum Kulturhus, Norway

Previous performances:
September 25th-26th, 2016 – workshop and performances – Tbilisi International Festival of Theater, Tbilisi, Georgia
September 23rd – 22nd, 2016, – performance – Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan 19th, 2016 at 15.00 – open stage general rehearsal – Asker Kulturhus, Norway 25th, 7pm, 2015: Dans i Novembermørkret festival, Nordanå Teater, Skellefteå, Sweden
Novmber 21st, 5.30pm, 2015: Tid for Dans festival, Dansekunst i Grenland, Ælvespeilet Kulturhus, Porsgrunn, Norway
November 20th, 2015: – Kari Hoaas lecture presentation – Tid for Dans festival, Dansekunst i Grenland, Ælvespeilet Kulturhus, Porsgrunn, Norway
September 11th, 7pm, 2015, Bærum Kulturhus, Oslo, Norway
September 10th, 7pm, 2015, Bærum Kulturhus, Oslo, Norway

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