Sananda Solaris mission is returning to the roots of the theater and the Greek tragedy's way of influencing the audience and the world. The Greeks worked with the theater as a cleansing process, where the theater's biggest task was katharsis. Everyone present in the art, contributing as spectators should be introduced into and through this cleansing.
"By influencing and influencing and thus opening up for that exchange, simply a chemical and mental process occurred, after which left the shared experience as physically healthier and mentally more cleared individuals," explains Sananda Solaris. Whether it was crying or laughing made no difference. "What is art or worth it for that matter if we do not allow us to influence or affect others?", Solaris asks. For her, the true task of the theater is to influence. It also requires the audience to influence and dare to express their experience. "Allowing an impact causes a reaction, which in turn causes an action. This creates a synergy and a community. A necessary recognized and pronounced community, defined by saying yes and then experiencing and sharing a common cleansing, "says Sananda Solaris. Katharsis or collective cleansing process is like a red thread through Theater Solaris's performances.
The theaters past productions and achievement
13 Odes to Maria
The oratoric opera "13 Odes to Maria" from 2014, where Heinz Walter Florin wrote the music and Sananda Solaris wrote the libretto and instructed, portrays a woman's struggle to come back to life-guided and guided by her love for divine existence. The show sheds light on the Maria figure in a contemporary and historical perspective, incorporating the character traits of the old mother goddess who have survived in the Maria figure.
The world's largest opera magazine, "Das Opernglas", compares "13 Odes to Maria" with the medieval mystery game and considered the performance as a female version of Parsifal. The performance was listed in Roskilde Domkirke. About "13 Odes to Maria" Sananda Solaris himself has said that the odds are about an inner journey; to dare take a look into one's own difficult suffering. "Through this meeting, the most unforgivable mistakes are acknowledged and with the help of Mary, it is possible to come through these painful creeds, and the ability to love is restored."
With the play "The Well" from 2014, Sananda Solaris dived even deeper into the darkest corner of the mind by depicting a psychotic woman traveling out of the fog and into the harsh truth of clarity. An important goal of the performance was to create a better understanding of mental illness so as to prevent isolation and ultimately save lives. In connection with the performance of the performance, the theater was therefore in close contact with both relatives and health professionals working with a mentally ill person in the daily life. The "The Well" tour was highly successful in both Denmark and Greenland, with Nukaka Coster-Waldau and Josef W Nielsen in the lead.
During the Darkness of Ignorance
In collaboration with the Greenlandic Inuit Theater, Theater Solaris created this great musical dramatic epic about the Greenlandic soul based on Villads Villadsen's poem "Qasapi's last days." "During the Darkness of the Ignorance" has been touring Denmark, Greenland and Italy and became the mainstream in November 2017 Italian newspapers, after winning a very prestigious audience award, awarded by the Spazio Teatro NO'HMA in Milan and awarded to theaters and plays that explore human values.
In June 2017, Theater Solaris had premiere on "The Cell", where we follow a PTSD-hit soldier over an evening where he is on his way to veteran violence. The soldier has been passive witness to torture and during the performance we come deeper and deeper into the events that led to his repatriation and diagnosis. "The Cell" will be reconfigured in February 2018 at Frederiksberg Palace in cooperation with the Armed Forces and Danish Veterans.
On the premiere day, for all the productions, there have been a market place, filled with people on the Mainson and a large number of events, theater music and stalls made the "Skoldunge festival". A citizen festival where people from business schools, boardingschools, high schools, asylum centers and various associations from all over Denmark have participated.
There is more coming from the artistic powerhouse in the municipality of Lejre in 2018. "The Well" and "The Cell" are part of the trilogy "God's Step Children on Earth", dealing with people who have committed unforgivable acts. In "The Well", a modern Medea story, the mother kills her two children while a Danish soldier is passively witnessing torture in "The Cell". Third and last part, "#metoo-også mig?, will premiere in 2019 and focuses on the #MeToo movement. With the trilogy, Teater Solaris wishes to ask the very central question whether these people can be forgiven for their actions?
Sananda Solaris calls the trilogy for a kind of reconciliation theater. "We reach out to the audience after each performance to make a difference after we have led the audience into a violent confrontation with the most horrible, the most creepy and our inner demons' abominable screams. The place we rarely dare to look at. We have been very successful with the divisions after the performances, and the audience has since written to us and told about the huge difference these stories make for them. Thereafter we can build awareness of each other, break down prejudices and build new relationships"
It is therefore natural for Teater Solaris to work with the UN's 17 world goals, as well as, for example, strengthening all women's and girls' rights, promoting peaceful and inclusive communities, and building effective, responsible and inclusive institutions at all levels of society.