The Priest and the Shaman

Foto: Jacob Stage

In a space, undefined by time and place, the Danish-Norwegian priest Hans Egede meets the Greenlandic shaman Inuk. A dramatic and enlightening meeting between two worldviews, two perspectives on what it means to be human. Concepts and semantics are challenged in this meeting, when the two characters of such different beliefs and religions delve into discussions about life, death and survival. Their dialogs remind us of the different stories and beliefs, upon which societies are build.. The story of good and evil, of the Christian inherited sin , the beliefs in Sila, and in the mother of the sea and sexuality, the right to land, fjelds and rituals, and how the actions through history have left their marks on today. We meet Christianity from the point of the Inut. From the narrative of the Inuit.The Priest and his opposition towards drumsinging and the inuit belief. The laughter from the inuit when he again again tries to explain his belief about snakkes and hell..and we understand the huge theft that is made by forbitting the Inuits names and traditions..but all told in a tone of laughter. The show is based on texts from Hans Egedes diaries and the histories of the Inuits and accompanied by a visual and auditive universe. Created through filmic animations, installations, and a soundscape, merging modern rhythms, music and sounds and the traditional sounds of bells and throat singing. 

Foto: Jacob Stage

Credits
Manus: Makka Kleist (GL)
Skuespil: Makka Kleist (GL) og Svenn B. Syrin (NO) 
Instruktion: Hanne Trap Friis (DK) 
Scenografi: Maya Sialuk Jacobsen (GL) 
Musik: Hans Ole Amossen (GL) 
Lys: Morten Ladefoged (DK)
Film: Mikael Lindskov Jacobsen  
Kostumer: Bibi Chemitz (GL/DK)
Koncept: Hanne Trap Friis og Makka Kleist efter oplæg fra Leise Johnsen, Det Grønlandske Hus København.

“Det bliver et møde mellem autoritetens orden og frihedens kaos, det spirituelle overfor det religiøse, og bliver alt i alt et sundt møde mellem den ”Stig-Helmeriske” præst og den spirituelle åndemaner. Tro og spiritualitet bliver skiftevis humoristisk udstillet, uden at blive latterliggjort. Mødet og forståelsen bliver den bærende faktor i et nydeligt filosofisk projekt fra Hanne Trap Friis.”

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