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How to Die, Inopiné


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Maybe it ends in silence. Like the silence beyond silence. The silence when you are so far into
the mountains at night that the only sound is your heartbeat. Or maybe it ends together, around
a bonfire singing. Or maybe it never ends. What would this be with no ending? A process. A
performance. Maybe it continues, because everyone leaves with something to hold on to.
This is a time we have not yet imagined. We can practice, we can prepare for the unexpected.
Inopine. We are on performance time, there is no starting over.

The French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy brings in the word inopiné [unexpected, sudden],
which means “that which we don’t have an opinion or judgment, that which we haven’t yet

How to die – Inopiné is a transdisciplinary investigation, developed between Umeå and Oslo,
about ecological grief, cultural panic, and a feeling of collapse. The collective of dancers, scientists, sound, light, and costume designer an a choreographer, have interviewed, discussed with and given workshops to several inhabitants and institutions around these three thematics.

“How to die – Inopiné” with its different segments, holds seminars, readings, lectures, dialogues
with invited citizens, experts, and physical practices interwoven in a regular schedule; and here: a performance evening.

● February 6 & 7, 2020 – World premiere Norrlandsoperan, Umeå
● March 12 -14, 2020 – Dansens Hus, Oslo (Oslo International Theatre Festival)
● March 19 – 20, 2020 – BIT Teatergaragen, Bergen
● Fall 2020 – Rosendal Teater, Trondheim

● October 2019 – Displacement curriculum: Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå
● November 2019 – Displacement curriculum: Iceland Academy of the Art, Reykjavik
● February 2020 – Seminar at Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå
● March 2020 – Seminar at Black Box Theatre, Oslo (Oslo International Theatre Festival)


Mia Habib Productions (NO)

Concept, choreographer and dancer: Mia Habib
Concepteur and research curator: Namik Mackic
Artistic advisor: Steinunn Ketilsdóttir

Creative team and researchers:
Dancers: Harald Beharie, Anna Pehrsson, Asher Lev and Nina Wollny
Sound designer: Jassem Hindi
Lighting designer: Ingeborg Olerud
Costume designer: Ali Hazara
Researchers: Marie Kraft and Ashkan Sepahvand,
Costume consultant: Christina Lindgren
Set design consultant: Trond Solberg

Producer and managing director: Grethe Henden
Producer and international relation manager: Siri Leonardsen
Pre-production: Kira Senkpiel
Photo: Ingeborg Olerud and Namik Mackic

How to die – Inopiné involves artists and researchers across disciplines to interact with local communities through the idea of the “unimagined” as a political and artistic tool to bring people together.

In cooperation with: Norrlandsoperan Umeå
Supported by: Arts Council Norway

Co-producers: Black Box Theatre/Oslo International Theatre Festival, Dance House Oslo, BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen, Rosendal Teater and DansiT Trondheim

Thank you to the organizations and people whom the collective have worked with during the process: Vän in Umeå, Umeå School of Architecture, the Norwegian Climate and Forest initiative, CICERO (Center for international climate research), the Umeå Police, In Transit – safe spaces in crisis contexts The Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Tøyen building society

Associated projects: “EXPRESSIONS: the power and politics of expectations in dance” led by Steinunn Ketilsdóttir and “The New Dionysian Festival” in Brussels.

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