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Simone Grøtte:


24. May–​25. May
Scene 2
1 h

A dance performance to the sound of war

In FORGOTTEN choreographer Simone Grøtte has created a performance with the brutal Northern Norwegian war history as backdrop.

I ask my granddad what sound he remembers best from the war. He answers “The hatch that was battened down above us when the torpedo alarm sounded.” Granddad recounts how at the age of eleven he was taken from his home and forcibly evacuated on the German ship Karl Arp. Why hadn’t I heard about this before? Why hadn’t I asked? 

The contemporary dance performance FORGOTTEN digs into the collective and individual memory of the World War 2, in which Northern Norway and its inhabitants were hit particularly hard. 

Through authentic sound recordings, objects and movements the performance seeks to explore the mysterious nature of memory, trauma, survival and hope. To loose, to forget, to repress and recall. And to try to rise again  

... a sweeping artistic experience. So powerful. So potent. So beautiful. So important.

Anki Gerhardsen, Nordlys 

About Simone Grøtte Hide Show more

Simone Grøtte is a contemporary choreographer from Lakselv in Northern Norway. Her work is strongly influenced by her indigenous Sami background and living and working in the arctic region, where these elements are woven into a modern expression in the theme, scenography and music. 

Her projects explore questions revolving around identity and belonging, with an approach focusing on human emotions and perspectives. 

Grøtte has collaborated on productions with large institutions such as Norrdans in Sweden, Hålogaland Teater, Varangerfestivalen and Festspillene i Nord-Norge. For the Norwegian National Ballet she created ARKIVET – ARKIIVARÁDJU in 2020 and in 2023 excerpts of her future full evening performance Tungrodd were part of the production the Norwegian National Ballet in Queen Sonja Art Stable 


  • The seats are not numbered. The audience will sit in a cirkle around the performers.
  • Co-produced by the Arctic Arts Festival
  • Supported by The Norwegian Arts Council, Fond for lyd og bilde, Spenn, Fond for utøvende kunstnere, The Sami Parliament and Dance in the Norwegian Arctic

Artistic team and cast

  • Concept, direction, choreography
    Simone Grøtte
  • Composer, sound design
    Herman Rundberg
  • Set design
    Mari Lotherington
  • Costume design, tailoring
    Else Ciljan Jakobsen, Caroline Evju
  • Dancers
    Henriette Hamli, Dag Rune Sjøli, Karianne Andreassen, Stian Bergdølmo og Hanne Svenning
  • Lighting design
    Tor Ditlevsen
  • Historic consultant
    Arvid Petterson
  • Directing consultant
    Katrine Strøm
  • Mask
    Ole Elias Høve
  • Musicians (recorded)
    Arktisk Filharmoni, Kristian Olstad og Herman Rundberg
  • Vocals (recorded)
    Mari Boine, Ola Bremnes, Inger Márja Eira og The Sami children choir
370 kr
  • Saturday 24. May
    18:30 / Scene 2
  • Sunday 25. May
    16:00 / Scene 2
  • Sunday 25. May
    18:30 / Scene 2