Čázevulošnieida - The Underwater Girl
An interdisciplinary dance art performance and children art installation based on the Sea Sámi story ‘The Underwater Girl’.
Cázevulosnieida – Undervannsjenta, directly translated into “The Underwater Girl”, is an interdisciplinary art and dance performance for children aged 4-8 with adults.
The performance shares about a world that exists both beside, above and below the sea.
The Čázevulošnieida story
The story originates from Nesseby, the sea and coastal Sami area in Sápmi / Finnmark, and is located specifically around the Ceavccageađge / Mortensnes cultural heritage site at Várjjatvuonna / Varangerfjord.
The project collaborates with the specific landscape and will create new narratives about Sámi narratives from Varanger.
Čázevulošnieida is the daughter of Čáhceháldi – the Sea Guard, a mythical figure, who often acts as guardian of an area, similar to the underground people.
By dealing with humans, the underwater girl and the Sea Guards remind us that in another world, perspectives of life may be different.
Opening up the Sami stories as an experience of inclusion and unity
This work looks for the right atmosphere and qualities for the project through an installation that aims to include interaction through dance/choreography, textile/costume, scenography/architecture, juggling, soundscapes/joik (a traditional Sami form of song), and drawings.
A potential interaction between audiences and space, artists, and the audience will be explored.
The goal is to open up the Sami stories as an experience of inclusion and unity, in a landscape that can be recognized through interdisciplinary – and cross-artistic expressions.
Although this work is based on the story of Čázevulošnieida, it will not be worked narratively with.
The work wants to say something about the fact that there are people and cultures that live close to the stories of worlds we do not know so well today, and that they may teach us valuable knowledge of different kinds.
Subtle sea sounds, joik, dance and juggling, textiles, living drawings, and architecture move together in Čázevulošnieida, and can potentially move the sea and the human soul.
How and for who is it performed?
The work aims to be presented at different locations, such as theatres, festivals, museums, galleries, in and outdoors.
The work’s quality is intimate and interactive, and the performance aims to be presented to a small audience at the same time.
Anyhow, the work can be shared several times a day, and except the performance, the ‘space’ can be open as an exhibition for children and adults together.
The group also offers workshops in relation to the performances and installation.
Where was it performed?
Premiered at Festspillene i Nord- Norge, june 2021, and later played at Black Box Theatre in Oslo, autumn 2021.
- Participating at Bibu Biennal in Sweden, spring 2022.
- Creation of The Underwater Girl Book 2022-2024.
How would life be, under the sea?
The Underwater Girl is a story about a young girl, Čázevulošnieida, and her father, Čáhceháldi, a mystical sea ranger.
The encounter between a fisherman boy and the Underwater Girl illustrates how perspectives are turned upside down, when two very different words meet.
The play’s title, Čázevulošnieida, translates to the Underwater Girl and the story is based upon the Sea Sami story The Mermaid.
- Katarina Skår Lisa