Tomorrow’s Witnesses is a dance/theatre project that speaks about the impact of war on the individual and what it means to be forced to leave your home, your family or your country because of war. Tomorrow’s Witnesses bridges stories from World War II to the present, from the forced evacuation of Finnmark and the scorched earth campaign that followed, to the stories of refugees who have recently fled from war and conflict in other parts of the world.
By listening to stories from our past, we gain a better understanding of the present so we can build a future together.
The project started in 2017 when Benno Voorham and Solveig Leinan-Hermo from Stellaris Dance Company visited schools for newly arrived young refugees and elderly centres in Hammerfest and Kirkenes to meet with people who have survived war. In 2018 the project started with an initial period with open workshops in dance improvisation and movement-based theatre to culminate in this performance that is based on the stories, dreams, memories and reflection of both the elderly, youngsters and professional team.
A documentary about the Hammerfest version of the project made by Tinus Kramer can be seen here.
An exhibition of video portraits of the participants in the Hammerfest project created by Nadja Voorham is touring Finnmark, Norway. More here
Choreography/director: Benno Voorham
Music: Shadi Ali
Costume: Pablo Londono Sarria
Light design/technique: Riikka Vuorenmaa
Dancers: Gerd Kaisa Vorren, Sebastian López-Lehto, Nadja Voorham and Pia Lindfors.
Performers: Ibrahim Hilowle Abdullahi, An Duong Quynh, Hamudat Suhail, Kaarina Kapraali, Kyllikki Vilander
In Rovaniemi the project is co-produced with Tanssiteatteri Rimpparemmi.
The performance will have its premiere 8 December 2019 at Theater Wiljami.
8 – 9 December Rovaniemi
12 December Pello
16 December Kemijärvi
17 December Salla
19 December Sodankylä
Times and places:
8.12.2019 klo 18 ENSI-ILTA kulttuuritalo Wiljami, Rovaniemi
9.12.2019 klo 16 kulttuuritalo Wiljami, Rovaniemi
12.12.2019 klo 18 Pellon koulukeskus
16.12.2019 klo 18 Kemijärven kulttuurikeskus
17.12.2019 klo 18 Sallan koulukeskus
19.12.2019 klo 18 Sodankylän koulukeskus
With support by:
Postkodstiftelse, Nordisk Kulturfond, ffuk (Norway), Kansalaais Foorumi, Piste, City of Rovaniemi.