“HEAT” (2018)

The project HEAT seeks to merge the lines seperating concert dance and social dance, highart and popular cultures, in a quest to promote the power and the pleasure of physical effort, and the simple joy of moving our bodies to rythm together. Aiming for the extatic, the work offers audiences a unique immersive group experience.

Now I see that I will never find the light unless like the candle I am my own fuel consuming myself.– Bruce Lee

In the creation of HEAT choreographer Kari Hoaas has joined forces with Norwegian house musician DJ Niwin and concert lighting designer Tord Eliassen to create a flexible format where a performance installation transforms into a dance performance which transforms into a dance party.

HEAT is an ongoing performance practice that evolves and changes each time it is performed, seeking to connect directly to local artistic communities and encouraging audience participation. While performed by a core group of eminent dancers, the performance structures are open and the project aims for inclusion of local guest performers, dancers, DJs and musicians, making for a singular distinctive performance experience tailored uniqely to each venue.

The first edition HEAT #1: rising in da House was performed at Tid for Dans Festival at Ælvespeilet Kulturhus, in Porsgrunn, Norway on September 28th and 29th, 2018.

“Through developing a common practice and understanding of physical, mental, energetic and emotional states, I have together with a core group of eminent dancers, explored and developed various choreographic scores, searching for a common idea of generating energy that fuels a collective composition as basis for this performance work. HEAT is a continuous developing performance practice, that at its core resists the notion of a finished work, to instead expose a state of research and process that acknowledge the very nature of our ever-changing bodies, energies and experiences moment by moment.” – Kari Hoaas


Upcoming performances: 
June 6th, 2019 – workshop – Zeylonka Space Up International Contemporary Dance festival, Kiev, Ukraine
June 7th, 2019 – performance – Zeylonka Space Up International Conteporary Dance festival, Kiev, Ukraine
June 9th, 2019 – workshop and performance . Zeylonka Space Up International Contemporary Dance Festival, Dnipro, Ukraine

Previous performances and showings:
November 17th, 2018, student version at Sentralen, Oslo, Norway
September 28th and 29th, 2018 at Tid for Dans Festival, Dansekunst i Grenland, Ælvespeilet Kulturhus, Porsgrunn, Norway
September 22nd, 2018 at R.E.D. Toten, Norway
September 14th, 2018 at Vitlycke Center for Performing Arts, Sweden

Concept, choreography, direction: Kari Hoaas
Dancers : Ida Haugen, Thais Hvid, Jonas Örkner
Core group dancers in project: Ida Haugen, Thais Hvid, Christine Kjellberg, Hanna Filomen Mjåvatn and Jonas Örkner
Music selection and live mix by DJ Niwin / Nikolai Nypan
Set music selection credits: Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch, Frank Sinatra, Lulu Rouge featuring Trentemøller
Lightdesign: Tord Eliassen
Costume: Cårejånni Enderud in collaboration with Kari Hoaas
Promotional photos and video: Marius E. Hauge
Performance photos, video documentation and trailer: Antero Hein

Production support by Arts Council Norway, development and residency support by UD, FFUK, Oslo Kommune and Art Council Norway. Co-production and residencies: Dansekunst i Greenland, Porsgrunn and R.E.D. Toten, Norway, Vitlycke Center for Performing Arts, Sweden, Meditteranean Dance Center, Croatia.

Future tours and performances 2019-20 are currently being scheduled.

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