You have to fight more than the danes                                                                                                                                                       Read more at www.unfinished-tales.com
Overgrown history is everywhere
Why do I know so little?
It feels like I have empty hand, no tools, a world of knowledge, but everything is in the dark
I hope nothing bad happens today, but it is ofcourse not good, what happened in the past
It is not past, it is still here
We must continue talking, so that everyone can see, we are all one people
(quotes from youth aged 13-18 years, in first season of the cross-atlantic collaboration Unfinished Tales)

The youth of the nordic countries daily navigate their bodies through the social positionings and hierarchies of colonialism. Stuck between the individual, the collective and the historical, they will always represent something more  than just themselves. How is it to grow up in the wakes of nordic colonialism? How do you find your identity between the unwritten pages in the history books and the black holes in the collective conscience?  In Unfinished Tales we give voice to the body. The body as products of colonialist practice. The body as a site for individual and collective  memory.  The body as archive for inherited choreographies.

Unfinished Tales is a 3-year cross-atlantic project created in collaboration between youth 13-18 years and artists from Kallaalit Nunaat (Greenland), Førøyar (Faroe Islands), Ísland (Iceland), Norge (Norway), Sverige/Sápmi (Sweden/Sápmi), Finland/Sápmi, Ghana, Ay Ay (St Croix) and Danmark (Denmark).

Part 1 (nov 2019-june 2021)
Descendants - 9 short movies are created in collaboration between the 9 choreographers and local youth. The youth travel through the vulnerable landscapes of the colonial body reflecting on the inherited choreographies, emotions and narratives.
Ghost Coffee - the choreographers explore identity, representation and sense of belonging in a series of inter-relations portraits.

Part 2 (july 2022-oktober 2022)
The entire cross-atlantic artistic team, meet in Copenhagen.
Deriving five inherited emotions that embody themselves in the first seasons work of youths and choreographers, we create a participatory performance lecture for 13-18 year olds (primarily school classes) investigating the presence of those emotions in our bodies, mindset and narratives.
In a combined physical and virtual room, the performance lecture gather youth from across the 9 participating countries, opening an immersive, sensurous and tactile space for connectivity, in between the young participants. Through reentactment of movement repertoire across borders and inherited roles, we facilitate a poetic community for the youth to embody and compose their way into.

The performance will take place simoultaneously in four of the participating countries, with mutual live-streaming in between the physical rooms. The live-streams are projected full size on all sides of the wall, hosting an intense presence of over hundred bodies in movement.
Guided by the choreographers we open and close the shared space, investigating the five inherited emotions reflecting the Descendants films, moving from the concrete to the sensurous mass-choreographic movements connecting the four rooms, in a condensed flock dance. In poetic pockets we close the space down focusing all presence into one single narrative, one single voice, one single movement, crawling underneath the collective skin.

Part 3 (2023)
The material created throughout the project is curated into an exhibition format. The exhibition is aimed at youth audience and will travel to educational institutions and museums in the participating countries, as well as constitute a strong visual and sensuous archive for the posterity.

Unfinished Tales is created in collaoration with:

The artists:
Artistic director, choreographer and dancer Ingrid Tranum Velásquez (DK), playwright Camara Joof (NO/GM), choreographer and dancer Alexander Montgomery (GL), choreographer and dancer Lacky Mahamed (NO), choreographer and dancer Marit Shirin Corolasdottir (Sapmi/SE), choreographer and dancer Nii-tete yartey (GH), choreographer and dancer Auri Ahola (Sapmi/FI), choreographer and dancer Justin F Kennedy (St. Croix), choreographer and dancer Ásrún Mágnusdóttir(IS), choreographer and dancer Katya Nielsen (FO), videoartist Stina Aletta Aikio (Sapmi/FI), scenographer Annika Nilsson (SE), composer Henriette Groth (DK)

The institutions: Den Mangfaldige Scenen (NO), Teatret Zeppelin (DK), NOYAM (GH), Nunatta Isiginnaartitsisarfia / The National Theatre of Greenland (GL), Tjodpallur (FO), Västerbottensteatern (SE), Mengi Theater (IS), CCT Theater (St Croix).

-And youth aged 13-18 year old from Nuuk, Torshavn, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Ay Ay (St.Croix), Accra, Oslo, Skellefteå and Inari.

Want to know more? Have a look at www.unfinished-tales.com


The project is supported by:  

                       Den Mangfaldige Scenen