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

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 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 lose, 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.


1. September 16.00 pm - Internationale Tanzmesse nrw, Düsseldorf, Germany

16. September 18.00 pm - Harstad Kulturhus

4. November 19.00 pm - Stormen Konserthus, Bodø

7. November 19.00 pm - Nordland Teater, Mo i Rana

15. November 14.30 pm - Cinars, Montreal Canada

17. November 2018 15.00 and 17.00 pm - Dansens Hus, Oslo

18. November 2018 15.00 and 17.00 pm - Dansens Hus, Oslo

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

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

8. May 2018 19.00 pm - Rådstua Teaterhus, Tromsø

11. May 2018 19.00 pm - Lakselv Kultursal

12. May 2018 18.00 pm - Lakselv Kultursal

14. May 2018 19.00 pm - Halti Kultursenter, Nordreisa

15. May 2018 19.00 pm - Senter for nordlige folk, Kåfjord

22. May 2018 19.00 pm - Finnsnes Kulturhus

23. May 2018 19.00 pm - Istindportalen, Målselv

25. May 2018 19.00 pm - Narvik Kulturhus


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: Hanne Svenning, Karianne Andreassen, Dag Rune Sjøli / Magnus Haals, Åsne Storli / Henriette Hamli and Geir Hytten / Antero Hein
Musicians: The Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, Kristian Olstad and Herman Rundberg
Vocals: Mari Boine, Ola Bremnes, Inger Márja Eira and The Sami children choir
Supported by: The Norwegian Arts Council, Fond for lyd og bilde, Spenn, Fond for utøvende kunstnere, Sametinget and Dansearena nord.