Creation residency Kultur Skellefteå, Sweden, June 2015: new production “Be like water”

From June 15th – 26th Kari will conduct a creation residency developing the new production Be Like Water in residence at Hallen Nordanå at Kultur Skellefteå in Sweden. Joining her are the dancers Antero Hein, Külli Roosna, Kenneth Flak, Anne Lise Rønne, Anton Wretling and Åsne Storli and video designer Tord Eliassen.

Teaser from the last development period of the project at Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts, Sweden:


PREMIERE: September 10th and 11th 2015 at Bærum Kulturhus, Norway.

Upcoming performances:
Novmber 21st, 5.30pm, 2015: Tid for Dans festival, Dansekunst i Grenland, Ælvespeilet Kulturhus, Porsgrunn, Norway
Novmber 25th, 7pm, 2015: Dans i Novembermørkret festival, Nordanå Teater, Skellefteå, Sweden

Created with the fear of the impending man-made apocalypse of climate change as a backdrop, choreographer Kari Hoaas is choosing to work within a poetic and impressionistic vein, exploring physical, emotional, ritual, scientific and social themes of that basic element of all life: water.


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


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.

The idea that it is through our personal and individual human expressions, connections, concerns and conflicts, we best are able to communicate and express something about the universal is the starting point for developing the work.

The word “apocalypse” is Greek, created with the words apo: “to lift” and calypsis “veil”. The word can thus also be understood as an uncovering or revelation, as much as the more common popular association of destruction.


Choreography: Kari Hoaas
Dancers: Kenneth Flak, Antero Hein, Külli Roosna, Anne Lise Rønne, Åsne Storli, Anton Wretling
Lightdesign and technical director: Laurent Ravot
Videoscenography and animation: Tord Eliassen
Sounddesign: Morten Pettersen
Costumedesign: Signe Vasshus
Producer/manager: Annika Ostwald
Photocredit: Minna Suojoki

“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.


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