Humans & Soil is an artistic collaborative project that focus on land rights from an indigenous perspective such as the Sámi of the north and the Ainu people of Japan. The project is initiated by Marit Shirin Carolasdotter, a Sámi – Kurdish Choreographer, Dancer and Researcher currently based in Umeå, Sweden.
The project is divided into two parts; a lecture research series that brings up the subject of the indigenous body being exposed to commodification, museal representation and discourses on exploitation of indigenous body and land.
The second part is focused on stage production and practical development of performance, unifying choreographic practices and sound/music scapes that form an international collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous artists.
The main study conducted is through the corporeality of humans’ relationship to soil, challenging the stereotypical views on the indigenous peoples’ relationship to nature by materialising the body in memorial space, examining the concrete aspects of the body despite cultural connotations. The background behind the creation of the project was to bring forth the idea of freeing oneself from formed identity by modes of power and instead show the direct consequences of how exploitation of land and resources are directly affecting living and dead bodies in indigenous communities.
The project has an ongoing collaboration with Ainu Womens’ Association, Sapporo Japan and with CEMIPOS research centre where Marit Shirin had her premiere in AIRY artist-in-residency in Kofu City April 2019, and further developed her project with a performance in Sapporo Pirka Kotan (Ainu cultural centre) in Hokkaido in May 2019.
The project is focused into two parts;
Humans & Soil Research series
Choreographer and researcher Marit Shirin Carolasdotter with collaborative partners from Universities in Sweden and Japan working on artistic research for the benefit of indigenous bodily rights
Of itself : In itself
Performance created 2020 by Humans & Soil, Sámi, Swedish and Ainu artists.
Premiering work-in-progress at Norrlandsoperan, 4th of March during Ubmejen Biejvieh, Sámi Week in Umeå 2020
Grants and support:
Kulturrådet – Projektbidrag till fria aktörer inom dans (…) 2020
Samerådet, Norway – Projektbidrag 2020
Region Jämtland/Härjedalen – Projektbidrag 2020
Dans i Västerbotten – Residensstöd 2020
Norrlandsoperan – Produktionsstöd 2020 & 2021
Konstnärsnämnden – Internationellt kulturutbyte 2019
Marit Shirin Carolasdotter
Dancer, Project leader, Umeå
Nina Nordvall Vahlberg
Dancer, Ainu Womens’ Association, Japan
Poet, writer, Umeå
“of itself : in itself” World premiere in Norrlandsoperan 2021
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Video produced by Sebastian Saury
INTERVIEW (SWE) BY SVT SÁPMI ABOUT THE PROJECT
PERFORMANCES & RESIDENCIES
2020.02.03 – 2020.02.29
Artistic Residency in Tärnaby, Västerbotten
With support from Dans i Västerbotten & Storuman Kommun
Performance of work-in-progress at 18:00, Folkets Hus, Tärnaby
Supported by Dans i Västerbotten & Storuman Kommun
Performance of work-in-progress, at Norrlandsoperan Samiska Veckan Umeå, 12:00 – 13:00
With support from Dans i Västerbotten/Norrlandsoperan
Performance, Humans & Soil Research Series
Feministiskt forum, Stockholm (tbc)
In collaboration with May-Britt Öhman from Umeå University and Sameednama Friddja Universitehta
Past Performances & Residencies
Performance in ‘Storumandagarna’ (Solo by Marit Shirin Carolasdotter)
In Storuman, Västerbotten
In collaboration with Norrlandsoperan
Residency in Hotagen, Krokoms Kommun Jämtland
In collaboration with Hotagens Kurs och Konferensgård
Lecture, Skellefteå Berättarfestival
In collaboration with Skellefteå Konstmuseum, Anna Norlander Västerbottens Konstkonsulent & Dans i Västerbotten
Performance in Folkets Hus, Lecture & research in Tärnaby, Västerbotten
In collaboration with Dans i Västerbotten, Cemipos Research Center & Dellie Maa indigenous film festival
2019.11.03 – 2019.11.11
Research & collaborative meeting with Barents Dance Council, BDC in Hammerfest, Norway
In collaboration with Dans i Västerbotten & Norrbotten & BDC
Performance & Screening of short documentary “Human Remains”
in Galleriet på Tegen, Stockholm 23 nov at 15:00
Part of the exhibition “Motståndets tid – om dekolonisering”
In collaboration with Native Moving images, Antonie Frank Grahamsdaughter & Ulrika Flink
Images from Sapporo Pirka Kotan with Ainu Women’s Association,
Performance at AIRY Artist-in-residence in Kofu City, Yamanashi
Photos by Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart