In this world premiere, choreographers Ingri Fiksdal and Solveig Styve Holte, together with dancer Amie Mbye, have worked alongside nine teenagers from Gamle Oslo. Together they have created HORDE, a performance that explores what it means to be part of a group (horde) and who gets granted access to works of art, and how choreography can be an agent of change for the benefit of other, possible communities.
HORDE features new music by Rohey Talaah and costumes by designers Elnaz and Mahtab Garagari.
The performance is co-produced by MUNCH, CODA, Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Dansens Hus.
Ingri Fiksdal is a choreographer based in Oslo, with a PhD in artistic research at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts with the project Affective Choreographies. She is currently an affiliated artistic researcher with the project CoFUTURES. Pathways to possible Presents led by Bodhisattva Chattopadhayay at the University of Oslo. Her performances tour nationally and internationally.
Solveig Styve Holte is a dancer, choreographer, and a PhD candidate in artistic research at Oslo National Academy of the Arts from 2019. Holte creates performative works for museums, galleries, theatres, outdoors spaces, as well as text publications, and is on the editorial board of the anthology CHOREOGRAPHY. Her work has been presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo, Dramatikkens hus, Dansens Hus, Black Box Theatre, RAS, Dansehallarne, Kunsthall Trondheim and Weld amongst others. She is based between Oslo and Folkestad, where she is creating YKS, a choreographic center on her farm.
Amie Mbye is an African and Caribbean trained dancer and has been active since 2009. She started her career in the Tabanka Dance Ensemble where she was a principal dancer and participated in a number of productions both in Norway and internationally. In 2019, she completed a BA in Dance and Choreography from Høyskolen for Dansekunst in Oslo. Mbye works as a freelance dancer, creator and performer in a number of dance productions nationally and internationally.
Rohey Taalah is a composer with a background in jazz vocals at the conservatory in Trondheim. She also has a degree in music education as a singing teacher. Taalah has been a professional performing musician for almost a decade and has been involved in many different projects, such as the group GURLS who won the Spellemannsprisen (Norwegian music award) in the category This year’s album in 2018.
Elnaz Gargari is a costume designer educated in Tehran with a BA from Oslo National Academy of the Arts. She won the Designers’ Nest award in Copenhagen with her graduation collection. Gargari has collaborated with Beck Søndergaard in addition to several young Norwegian artists and performers. She has been part of the collective Trans94, and is one of the participants in SIKT, an annual conference initiated by H.K.H. Crown Prince Haakon.
Mathab Gargari is a Norwegian / Persian clothing designer, who in collaboration with Elnaz Gargari has designed the costumes for HORDE. Gargari holds a BA in clothing and costume design from Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Gargari has collaborated with several renowned artists such as Myra, Amanda Delara and Arif.