Elle Sofe Sara, based in Guovdageaidnu, is a choreographer and director who works at the interlaces of filmmaking, dance and theatre. In her works she regularly sheds light on the social, political and cultural peculiarities and challenges of the Sámi People.

Elle Sofe is the festival profile at the Arctic Arts Festival in Harstad in 2020 and 2021. In 2019, she won the Moon Jury Award for her short film Ribadit at Imagine Native Film Festival in Canada. Elle Sofe is also one of four talents in Talent Norway’s filmmakers program and founder of Dáiddadállu/ Sámi artist collective in Guovdageaidnu.

“Vástádus eana –
The answer is land” (2021)

« The power that rises from when we stand together interests me. How much
stronger we are when we are part of a community.»

– Elle Sofe Sara, artistic director and choreographer

Community and kinship between people, with nature and with the earth we all share, are the main themes of Vástádus eana/ The answer is land. The piece is performed by and for its seven female performers, who come from different backgrounds and life experiences, bringing their own story, body and voice into the work. Elle Sofe’s focus is on the intentions behind movement, gaze, timing, direction, intensity and presence on stage. The choreography is inspired by demonstrations, Sami spiritual practices and formation dance.

Written specially for the performance by composer and professor of yoik, Frode Fjellheim, the polyphonic yoik works as a supportive pillar throughout the work. Fjellheim showcases the breadth of the yoik and broadens the definition of what Sami traditional music can be.

«Powerful in a quiet yet magnificent way.»

«A uniquely coherent combination of music, song, yoik and the physical language of dance art.»
– Nordlys

«The riches of yoik meet the power of contemporary art.»

«It is about what a home can be, and the answer lies in the importance of community. Home is where your flock is.»

On stage: Kajsa Balto, Julie Moviken, Olga-Lise Holmen, Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska, Emilie Marie Karlsen, Nora Svenning, Grete Daling
Artistic leader, choreographer: Elle Sofe Sara
: Frode Fjellheim

Co-choreographer: Alexandra Wingate
Costumes: Elle Sofe Sara, Ramona Salo
Set design: Elin Melberg
Light design:
Øystein Heitmann
Light technician: Anniell Olsen
Dramaturge: Thomas Schaupp
Sound design: Håkon Elias Pettersen
Hat sewing: Zoja Galkina, Unni Fjellheim, Sara Inga Utsi Bongo, Karen Inga Buljo Oskal, Jorunn L
økvold, Hilly Sarre
Dress sewing: Karen Inga Buljo Oskal, Ann Mari Sara
Performance title: Rájácummá/Kiss from the border by Nillas Holmberg, Outi Pieski, Jenni Laiti
Producers: Maiken Garder, Magnus Nordberg/Nordberg Movement
Collaboration partners: Davvi center for performing arts, The sámi national theatre beaivvá
Co-producers: Arctic arts festival, Norrlandsopraen
Funded by: Sámediggi, Norsk kulturråd, Nordisk kulturkontakt, Fond for lyd och bilde, Dáiddafoanda, Sámiráðði, Spenn
Development grants from: Troms og finnmark fylkeskommune, Norskt kulturråd
Video documentation and photos: Antero Hein/Hein creations



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