During the Darkness of Ignorance
Music-dramatic epic about the Greenlandic soul
The Greenlandic Inuit Theater and the Danish Theater Solaris have collaborated on a co-production in a major musical epic, based on Villads Villadsen's poem "Qasapi's last days".
Villads Villadsen's poem "Qasapi's last days" is about the ending of the Norse period in Greenland. Greenlander Qasapi travels in a cone boat to have revenge on the Norsemen, who flew southwards after killing Greenlanders. On his journey, he has Mikerteq, the only surviving woman from the Norsemens' attack on her village. At Aluk they find the last Norseman named Trolle. He is kneeling and praying for the Christian God. He is being harpooned by Qasapi, who then declares that Greenlanders will now live in peace forever in their country, after which he drowns himself into the sea.
The artistic universe
"During the Darkness of Ignorance" is a modern music theater production, which has a musical expression that blends inuit drums and songs with futuristic sounds.
A specially created track of sounds from calving icebergs and whale singing is the basis of speech and whispering voices, all of which are a very innovative and yet so ancient expression. Very unique and very Greenlandic. The piece is internationally elusive for the present, and yet freely floating over all periods of time.
Production team in Denmark and the reconfiguration in Greenland
Director and choreographer: Sananda Solaris
The play is created in close collaboration with the team
Scenographer: Nikolaj Heiselberg Trap
Author: Villads Villadsen
Composer: Ole Kristiansen
Re-arranged and produced: Nukâka Coster-Waldau, composer of track 1,5 and 8
Lighting designer: Sananda Solaris
Lighting technician: Henrik Volcker
Sound designer: Nukâka Coster-Waldau
Sound technician: Camilla Maria Konstantin Jensen
Music production: Jens Simonsen
Costume tailor: Marianne Thers
Idea & founder of Inuit Theatre: Simon Mooqqu Løvstrøm
Producer & CEO at Solaris Theatre: Josef Wolfugang Nielsen
Co-producer: Nukâka Coster-Waldau
Production assistant: Camilla Maria Konstantin Jensen
Consultant: Susanne Danig
Fundraising: Bendo Schmidt & Solaris Theatre
Graphic designer: Sananda Solaris, Ole Kristiansen & Ujarneq Fleischer
Accommodation and host: Sonnerupgaard Gods i Danmark
Production location in Greenland: Katuaq - Culture House of Greenland
Nukâka Coster-Waldau - Mikerti
Miké Fencker Thomsen - Qasapi
Ujarneq Fleischer (2016) & Alexander Montgomery (2017) - Inuk & Trolle
Karina Møller - Inuk