FLEX-Hyperborealis – Apollo’s Journey is an artistic collaboration project focusing on Flex Dance (flexn), the musical compositions of Kenneth Sivertsen (1961 – 2006), and the art/scholarly work of Siv Grøstad combining Greek and Norse mythology. The cast in FLEX-Hyperborealis consists of dancers from Flex Program´s FLEX Company. FLEX Hyperborealis is an interactive dance performance. The project includes stage-performances and workshops where the main focus is to inspire youth to dance, explore other cultures and creative forms of expression.
The performances in FLEX-Hyperborealis are based on the myth of Apollo. Apollo is the Greek God of Music, Poetry and Healing (Apollon Smiteus). The ancient myth narrates Apollo traveling to the happy people beyond the Northern Wind. It was a people who knew no sickness and death, and who, according to legends lived incredibly long. They poured from the source of Wisdom, giving inspiration to all who drank from it. Old sources says that the journey to the land beyond the northern wind was very difficult, and there are only few who manage to get there. Apollo traveled to the land Beyond the North Wind in search of his roots. There Apollo received the snake-entwined pole- a symbol later to be Associated with the healing effects of art and medicine. It is with the Hyperboreans that Apollo retrieves the deepest understanding of the mystery of life.
Apollo’s journey to the land beyond the north wind is psychological, mythological, and historical. The Hyperborean scrolls narrate that life is beginningless and endless. They also narrate that Hyperborea is connected with an alien civilization and galaxies million of years old. Hyperborea is a judgement-free civilization, but you can only get there if you manage to go through the dark abyss, the struggle, or the dark night of the soul. In the land of Hyperborea religion and science were intertwined, and made up the original cosmic forces.
The Performance is divided into 9 parts: From Delos to Billing. The Hero goes through stages and different worlds. In the performance FLEX Hyperborealis Apollo becomes: He who confront darkness, the hero and the pilgrim. Darkness is the ignorant nature of man. Apollo progress through spiritual states, he crosses the sea of passion in order to reach the sanctuary of peace. At the well of Mimir he acknowledges his true self. Today you can see the imprint: Gnothi Seauton, Know thyself engraved in the Apollo Oracle in Delphi.
The original idea of the Hyperborealis-production was to create a dance performance with modern and classical dance that would be performed at the UICC- Cancer Conference in 2001. The work Apollo-Hyperborealis lasted for 3 years but was never truly manifested.
Kenneth Sivertsen and Siv Grøstad started at one point to throw ideas back and forth around the myths about Hyperborea. Sivertsen was fascinated by the stories of Apollo, and his journey travelling to the land be-yond the north wind. He expressed that the story of Apollo was at perfect match to his classical compositions.
Ragnhild Bruland, co founder and executive director of the Flex Dance Program, introduced the Flex-dancers she worked with to Sivertsen’s Music. FLEX-Hyperborealis is an artistic collaboration project focused on dance performance with mythological grounding and sources. The dancestyle FLEX is rooted in storytelling and its diverse and advanced expression compliments the very essence of mythology. The dancer narrates non-verbally different archetypes presented in the myth. Flex is a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. In FLEX-Hyperborealis the spontaneous and deeply individual expression combined with advanced dance/movement techniques of the artists tell the story of Apollo’s Journey.
The very experience of FLEX-Hyperborealis can trigger thoughts and feelings surrounding: traditions, rituals, storytelling, individuality, connection, and parallel universes. For example, in the piece “Delling” you encounter 2 individuals. Them a meeting happens. Through the meeting a third expression manifests.
@Flexhyperborealis to see clips from Delos to Billing.
The Dance workshops will cover improvisation work, Flex Dance techniques and elements. Through the Flex Dance Workshops taught by experienced artists and educators, we will connect youth who would not necessarily be connected if it had not been for the dance. The workshops are linked to: “From Brooklyn to Bjølsen” (see FlexIN FlexOUT) with emphasis on International Collaboration, Artistic Expression, and Cultural exchange.
Through workshops and discussions with Flex dancers we break down false illusions about people and communities. We will talk about important issues and ideas coming from the young people.