By Simone Grøtte. Co - produced by Arctic Arts Festival, Norway 2017.

I ask 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.

"FORGOTTEN is a sweeping artistic experience. So powerful. So potent. So beautiful. So important. And so well-done that one can only applaud. For as long as possible."
- Anki Gerhardsen, Nordlys

For more reviews of FORGOTTEN, see Press.


4. May 2018 20.00 pm - Rådstua Teaterhus, Tromsø

5. May 2018 18.00 pm and 20.00 pm - Rådstua Teaterhus, Tromsø

30. November 2017 17.30 pm and 19.30 pm - Showbox Festival, The Black Box Theatre, Oslo.

25. June 2017  13.00 pm and 20.00 pm - Arctic Arts Festival, Harstad

24. June 2017 - Premiere at Arctic Arts Festival / Festspillene i Nord-Norge, Harstad


Concept / direction / choreography: Simone Grøtte
Composer / sound design: Herman Rundberg
Set design: Mari Lotherington
Costume design / tailoring: Else Ciljan Jakobsen and Caroline Evju
Lighting design: Tor Ditlevsen
Historic consultant: Arvid Petterson
Directing consultant: Katrine Strøm
Mask: Ole Elias Høve
Dancers: Dag Rune Sjøli, Åsne Storli, Hanne Svenning, Karianne Andreassen and Geir Hytten / Antero Hein
Musicians: The Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, Kristian Olstad and Herman Rundberg
Vocals: Mari Boine, Ola Bremnes, Inger Márja Eira and Samisk samspillgruppe
Supported by: The Norwegian Arts Council, Fond for lyd og bilde, Spenn, Fond for utøvende kunstnere, Sametinget and Dansearena nord.