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Sea Behind the Wall | Electric Lies | Workshop | Uaajeerneq – Greenlandic Maskdance Workshop w/Elisabeth Heilmann Blind

12.Oktober 2023 18:00 - 21:00

Listening to the Land / Sea Behind the Wall presents:
Uaajeerneq – Greenlandic Maskdance Workshop by Elisabeth Heilmann Blind

The Greenlandic mask dance Uaajeerneq is the oldest theatrical form of expression of the Inuit in Greenland. In this mask dance workshop, participants will be introduced to the historical significance of the mask dance and gain insights into its basic elements, which are based on animistic thinking. In addition, the workshop offers an introduction and lecture on the Greenlandic drum dance that will be practised during the session. Special attention is given to the creative learning process of the dance, which enables participants to discover their own expression and inner drive.

Location: Oyoun
Tickets: Free admission I Registration: here (open till 11.10.23)
Language: English 

Electric Lies is a project curated by Camilla Therese Karlsen as part of Oyoun's overarching initiative Listening to the Land and its participatory outdoor chapter Sea behind the Wall.The three day long participatory programme focuses on the social political activism by the Sámi who are facing forced displacement from their land (Sápmi) in northern Europe, due to state-driven “renewable energy” production.

What happens to the land when indigenous peoples are forced to abandon their traditional way of life in, of and with nature to make way for modern energy production for the masses?  What lies are used to convince the majority that this is the right thing to do?

Electric Lies explore these questions with an interactive programme composed of workshops, discussions and film screenings, ultimately culminating in the performance intervention ČSV*. 

*These letters have many meanings, one of which is "čájet sámi vuoiŋŋa", which translates as "showing the Sami spirit" and is often used to promote Sami identity and activism.


Elisabeth Heilmann Blind
Elisabeth Heilmann Blind is originally from Sisimiut in Greenland, but has lived in northern Sweden for 30 years. She trained as an actress at the Tukak Theatre in Denmark from 1983-1988, during which time she studied Butoh dance and Noh theatre in Japan. Elisabeth works as an actress in various theatres, including Giron Sámi Teáhter in Sweden. She is also active as a mask dancer and teaches Liberation Dance and Greenlandic Mask Dance in workshops.

Photo Credit: © Hans Olof Utsi

The project “Sea Behind the Wall” is part of the initiative DRAUSSENSTADT funded by Berliner Projektfonds Urbane Praxis as well as Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Gesellschaflichen Zusammenhalt. Further funded by the Globus Opstart Programm of Nordisk Kulturfond



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12.Oktober 2023
18:00 - 21:00
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