Kirstin Helgebostad used to be a cheerleader in her teens, and with CHEERS she’s going back to her roots. The piece is a celebration and deformation of cheering as an unpredictable force. The performers conjure up energies that strengthen, weaken and transform a fragile, but loving collective. Their throws can be small and careful, their cheers can be whispered or hissed, as long as they instigate action!
CHEERS won the NATT&DAG Oslo Prize for best stage performance in 2018 and was nominated for the Norwegian Critics Prize. The piece is touring both in black boxes and in other spaces, for example in Palais de Tokyo at the DO DISTURB festival in Paris 2019.
CHEERS is the follow up to Helgebostad/Rueslåtten's critically acclaimed ME TOO – which since the premiere in 2015 has toured extensively in Norway and Europe. ME TOO is based on the amalgamation of hand bells and movement, and was nominated for the Norwegian Critics Prize, as well as being selected for the Aerowaves network in 2017 and ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform.
Performers: Marianne Kjærsund, Sigrid Hirsch Kopperdal, Julie
Moviken, Berglind Rafnsdottir, Charlott Utzig, Kristin Ryg
Helgebostad, Laura Marie Rueslåtten
Choreography: Kristin Ryg Helgebostad
Composer: Laura Marie Rueslåtten
Light/Set Design: Elisabeth Nilsson
Costume/Set Design: Thale Kvam Olsen
Photo: Simen Dieserud Thornquist
Producer/Outside eye: Idun Vik
Production assistant: Frida Bang Søfting