Letters from Elmine, a theatre play

Video work for a theatre piece about the kven/kvääni identity and culture, an ethnic minority in Norway. 

From the catalouge:  Søren Kierkegaard says: “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards” An ended life seems so coherent and meaningful. When standing in the middle of it, life is often experienced as divisive and incomprehensible. Those who have relatives from Troms and Finnmark have quite often an identity consisting of several cultures, which are both different and overlapping. The play is an attempt to highlight Kven culture as it may look today.

Based on fictional letters written by Trygg Jakola. Written and performed by Inger Birkelund. Music by Nikolai Äystö Lindholm.  Directed by Ida Løken Valkeapää.

Premiere show at the festival Kvääni Päivät/Kvenske dager, Vadsø, September 2020. Touring North Norway September/October 2020. Archive pictures used with permission from Digitalt Arkiv.