Elle Sofe Sara

Vástádus eana – The answer is land

German Premiere

12.8., 17:00 | 13.8., 15:00+21:00 | HAU1

12.8., 18:30 ▲ On the Sofa: Female Indigenous Futures | Bibliothek im August

13.8. Audio description

Duration 70 min

Sámi choreographer Elle Sofe Sara stages a mesmerizing combination of yoik, a traditional form of Sámi singing, and dance. Building on the importance of community and our belonging to nature, the piece creates a space for the complex and conflicting emotions that are aroused by the destruction of our ecosystem. Polyphonic songs, written by composer and professor of yoik Frode Fjellheim, are performed by seven female performers, who carry with them a powerful sensitivity and a deep yearning for kinship.


Artistic direction & choreography Elle Sofe Sara

With Kajsa Balto, Julie Moviken, Olga-Lise Holmen, Ulla Pirttijarvi, Nora Svenning, Grete Daling, Vilja Tjemsland Kwasny

Original cast Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska, Emilie Marie Karlsen

Co-choreography Alexandra Wingate

Music Frode Fjellheim

Costume design Elle Sofe Sara, Ramona Salo

Set design Elin Melberg

Lighting Øystein Heitmann

Dramaturgy Thomas Schaupp

Sound technician Eivind Steinholm

Sewing hats Zoja Galkina, Unni Fjellheim, Sara Inga Utsi Bongo, Karen Inga Buljo Oskal, Jorunn Løkvold, Hilly Sarre

Sewing clothes Inga Buljo Oskal, Ann Mari Sara

Title “Rájácummá / Kiss from the border” – Niillas Holmberg, Outi Pieski, Jenni Laiti

Production management Maiken Garder, Nordberg Movement

Tour management Ingvild Kirkvik

Video documentation & pictures Antero Hein / Hein Creations

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  • Credits

    In collaboration with: Davvi Centre for performing arts, Sámi Nationaltheater Beaivváš. Co-production: Arctic Arts Festival, Norrlandsoperan, Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by: Sámediggi, Norsk Kulturråd, Nordisk Kulturkontakt, Fond for lyd og bilde, Dáiddafoanda, SÁMIRÁĐĐI, SPENN. Development scholarships from: Troms og Finnmark fylkeskommune, Norsk Kulturråd.

Price: 35 / 25 / 15 €
Discount: 25 / 15 / 10 €
Ticket information

The piece initially takes place outside without seats: At the beginning of the performance, the festival team walks the audience from HAU1 to a nearby location, where the first part of the performance takes place outdoors. The audience is then led back to the theatre HAU1 as part of the production. The entrance to the theatre happens via the backstage area and is therefore not accessible for guests with physical disabilities; however, there is also the option of entering the theatre via its main entrance, which is accessible. The audience area in the theatre is seated. On 13.8, 15:00, the performance will take place with a free audio description.

Bus Transfer:

13.8. | LA VERONAL (Haus der Berliner Festspiele) → Elle Sofe Sara (HAU1) & Maija Hirvanen (HAU2)

The festival bus allows you to travel free of charge between selected festival events and venues using your event tickets. No reservation needed.

Past dates

Fri 12.8.

from 17:00 to 18:10 HAU1

Sat 13.8.

from 15:00 to 16:10 HAU1

Sat 13.8.

from 21:00 to 22:10 HAU1


Stresemannstr. 29, 10963 Berlin

There are two marked parking spots in front of the building. Access to the Parkett by means of a separate entrance with lift when necessary. Barrier-free restroom facilities are available. Wheelchair users are kindly requested to register their attendance at least one day before the performance. Thank you for your understanding. If you need help, please contact our Ticketing & Service team at +49 (0)30 259004-27 or send us an email to tickets@hebbel-am-ufer.de.