AVIAJA Dance
SILA

The northern lights are broken by an enormous fishing net dividing the stage in two.
Despite the transparency of the net, a physical barrier is created, a demarcation that both
captures and gathers the three dancers’ movements into an organic whole.
To stand strong in solitude and in community. Light against darkness. Twilight.
The net is functioning as safety and protection against fall and at the same time as a trapping
mechanism that entangles and limits.
The web can keep us stuck in our loneliness followed by a sense of community. The feeling of
loneliness can be intense or floating. It is a basic condition for humanity, and we must accept it
instead of rejecting and pushing it away.

SILA is inspired by the Greenlandic myth of Sassuma Arnaa (Mother of the Sea), which reminds
us that humans are not made to handle all their problems alone.
Sarah Aviaja Hammeken has created the choreography and the universe, and her background
as a contemporary dancer is combined with inspiration from urban arts and her Greenlandic
origins. The choreography is complimented by a rhythmic soundscape created by the
Greenlandic composer, Gerth Lyberth, and a dynamic light design by French/Danish
Brian Cord’homme.

Artist

AVIAJA Dance

Title

SILA

Type

Performance

Date

2.9.2024, 20:00

Duration

1 hour

Venue

Dansekapellet, Bispebjerg Torv 1, 2400 København

Credits

Koreograf: Sarah Aviaja Hammeken. Dansere: Amanda Rubio Sanchez, Marta Greco & Sarah Aviaja Hammeken. Komponist: Gerth Lyberth. Lysdesigner: Brian Cord’homme. Fotograf/videograf: Ena Kurtagic Granulo. Funding og samarbejdspartnere/co-production: Dansehallerne, Nunatta Isiginnaartitsisarfia (The National Theatre of Greenland), Statens Kunstfond, Den A.P. Møllerske Støttefond, Nordisk Ministerråd, NAPA, NunaFonden, Augustinus Fonden, William Hansen Fonden, William Demant Fonden, C.IN.E (Centre d'Investigació Escènica).

Sarah Aviaja Hammeken
SILA

After the period we’ve all just gone through, isn’t it obvious that we all have struggles? That we all recognize feelings of loneliness, and that it’s hardest to ask for help when we need it most? That sometimes, we doubt whether we are wanted and therefore don’t always see the opportunities that unfold in front of us? 

It’s time to stop thinking about what hurts, but instead dare to fully sense it. Together.   

Join the dancers on a journey which unfolds at the bottom of the sea explore, together, what happens when knotted obstacles and intricacies prevent the pattern of action from being broken. 

The performance is inspired by the Greenlandic myth about Sassuma Arnaa (the Mother of the Sea), which reminds us that we are never fully in control. That we, humans, are not made to deal with our problems alone. We must feel, gather, share and dance. We need to sense what it feels like when we are not alone. 

Artist

Sarah Aviaja Hammeken

Title

SILA

Type

Performance

Date

  • 1.27.2023, 10:00
  • 1.28.2023, 17:00
  • 1.29.2023, 17:00

Duration

1 hour

Venue

Dansekapellet, Bispebjerg Torv 1, 2400 København

Credits

Choreographer: Sarah Aviaja Hammeken. Dancers: Amanda Rubio Sanchez, Marta Greco & Sarah Aviaja Hammeken. Composer: Gerth Lyberth. Light design: Brian Cord’homme. Photographer/videographer: Ena Kurtagic Granulo. Support/collaborators/co-producers: Dansehallerne, Nunatta Isiginnaartitsisarfia (The National Theatre of Greenland), Danish Arts Foundation, NAPA (the Nordic Institute in Greenland), NunaFonden, Augustinus Fonden, Den A.P. Møllerske Støttefond, Nordisk Ministerråd, William Hansen Fonden, William Demant Fonden, C.IN.E Sineu (Centre d'Investigació Escènica).

Sila trailer