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Far, far away

By spotogspindel | June 20, 2013

” Far, far away” is the title of Kristine Nilsen Oma´s new dance/theatre/performance-show. It´s a personal story of a childhood with a drug-addicted father.

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Her story is so important, and needs to be seen by teachers, social services-people, police, prison-workers… anyone who work with people, really. This is 50 minutes of sorrow and laughter, of despair and hope, lots of hope.

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Her excellent percussionist, Øyvind Hegg Lunde, makes the story even better. His musicality is awesome! If ever there was a one-man-band – he´s it!

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I am so honored to be part of her team as scenographer (set and costume). The task is a rather rare one. Often there is a stage, and it is black, and that is what you work with. Here, the whole room is the stage, and everything is white and light. A fun challenge! I covered the windows with huge pixelated close-ups of Kristine. In the ceiling above them, are 12 facts about drug-addiction and overdoses in Bergen. The room is a dance-studio, so two of the walls are covered in mirrors, that we just left as they are. On the floor there is a big, red carpet, cut into shape. Toward the end of the show, she makes a new “room” for herself by moving part of the carpet, removing a picture, opening a window to let in fresh air.

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(All photos are taken during a rehearsal, so the lighting is less than ideal.)

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Topics: Costumedesign, set design | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Far, far away”

  1. gail Says:
    June 22nd, 2013 at 12:29

    It sounds wonderful. People close their eyes to the full impact of drug abuse here. Aside from blaming and looking down on (and fearing) the addicts, we are largely ignorant of the other costs of addiction. It destroys whole families — or at least, it tries to. Lots of people gain strength and courage as a result of their exposure to drugs and mental illness, but it’s a hard way to become strong. It sounds like Kristine is one of those who overcame against all odds. And how brave to share her lessons with others.

  2. ida Says:
    July 3rd, 2013 at 11:21

    Amazing work Janne, wish I could see it!!

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