NARSARSUAQ//SLETTEN is a multiperformance project established and directed by Hanne Trap Friis. In five short performances the consequences of the urbanisation of the Greenlandic people are investigated. The performances portray destinies who were forced to move from the rural areas they called home into the estranged concrete building in the center of Nuuk, starting from the 1960's. While some had the strength to adapt to the new circumstances, others were lost. In SLETTEN these destinies are given a voice.
Narsarsuaq is the name of the concrete building the Greenlandic citizens living at the coast were forced to move into. It was also in these buildings the performance first premiered in 2019 as a part of Nuuk Nordic Art Festival. Friis has directed all the performances herself in collaboration with some of the best Greenlandic actors, dancers, writers and storytellers. Through a wide range of dramatic expressions such as monologue, drama and dance the many aspects of the issues are portrayed. The performances can be experienced all together or separately.
G60 var den store centraliseringsstrategi, som den danske stat igangsatte og flyttede beboerne i bygderne til de store byer – ofte i betonblokke, som f.eks Sletten i Nuuk. Det forårsagede identitetskrise hos mange grønlændere, som også den dag i dag er påvirkede. Hvad var deres rolle nu, hvor eksempelvis fangeren ikke længere havde sit hverv og fangstområder?
All the performances are directed by Artistic Director Hanne Trap Friis. The trailer is edited by Michael Lindskov Jacobsen. All film properties belong Anorak Film. Ànorâk Film.
Block 4 er den prisvindende forfatter Kim Leines første teaterstykke. Vi møder danske Søren, der er bosiddende i Sletten med sin kone Marianne og deres to børn. Søren forelsker sig hovedkulds i den grønlandske kvinde Aviaja, som også bor i betonblokkene.
’BLOK 4’ er skrevet med Leines skarpe pen, og forestillingen er på samme tid en kærlighedshistorie, en erotisk tragedie samt en rammende histo rie om forholdet mellem danskeren og grønlænderen.
By: Kim Leine
Performers: Helene Kvint, Karina Møller og Thomas Knuth.
Direction: Hanne Trap Friis
Translation: Karina Møller, the performers
The View The old lady sits in her apartment and leads us into the story of her when they had to leave their village during the 60’s to move into the concrete building. What did they have to leave, what happened to her and her husband,- and being blind she still has the most beautiful view. In this stunning strong solo performance Makka Kleist portrays some of the most important memories of what happened to the Greenlandic people in the 60’s and 70’s during the rapid change of the Greenlandic society. Read more here.
Writer and performer: Makka Kleist
Direction: Hanne Trap Friis
Translation: Makka Kleist
Remember Lisa In 1985 a woman was murdered in Blok 6,- and the murderer was never found. We meet Lisa again and she wants us to remember her. In a drama with different murderers, Lisa’s story, and the talk about how we must never forget people’s lives and stories we all get close to one of the unsolved and still known stories of Sletten.
Performers: Klaus Geisler and Majbritt Bech
Boy Meets Concrete is a dance performance focusing on the materials of Narsarsuaq/Sletten. The dance interprets the stories of Nuuk. How does the soft human soul and flesh meet the challenge of the concrete, of the city? The concrete will talk to you through the dancers moves and through the new composed electronic music.
Performers: Erlend Auestad Danielsen and Raphaël Eder Kastling
In Zombieland is based on stories from the short story collection Zombieland by Sørine Steenholdt. It is a hardcore, physical and poetic site specific performance filled with youthful dreams, fear and hope. An impressive sound scape has been created for the performance.
Performers: Hans-Henrik Suersaq Poulsen, Nukakkuluk Kreutzmann and Amisuna Berthelsen