Dansens Hus, 2009

The performance is for the youngest children,from infant to age four, and is inspired by the ladybug and the movements and play of children, as well as a poem by the choreographer. In the performance we meet two different creatures, Marja the ladybug and Tuuli the elf girl, who enter an unknown landscape devoid of colour. They are very different and have different properties and perceptions of their surroundings. Something magical happens at their first meeting. The room suddenly has colours and strange things happen. Does the elf girl have magical powers? The elf girl wants to play with Marja and takes her along on a journey that features challenges, play and wonder. Through their experience and incidents, they develop a playful and warm friendship that takes them on yet another journey.



Idea, choreography, set design and direction: Inger Cecilie Bertrán de Lis

Performers: Sylvi Fredriksen, Tinna Gretarsdottir,

(Cecilie Steen and Inger Cecilie Bertrán de Lis)

Composer: Karoline Riising Næss

Musicians: Karoline Riising Næss (cello),Andres Bratlie (percussion),Tale M. Mydske (song)

Costume designer/props: Hilde Elisabeth Brunstad

Lighting designer: Elisabeth Kjeldahl Nilsson

Direction consultant: Robert Skjærstad

Set design and prop development: Christine Finngaard

Production assistant: Marianne Albers


Supported by: Arts Council Norway, the Audio and Visual Fund and the Performing Artists Fund.


Photo: Odd Reinhardt Nicolaysen




Light, playful and sensory (PDF)

Lokalavisen Groruddalen, 16. april 2009


How colours are made (PDF)

Newspaper Fréttablaðið,

Reykjavik, 7. desember 2009

(Translated from Icelandic)


From small and grey to colourful freedom(PDF)

Newspaper Morgunblaðið,

Reykjavik, 7. desember 2009

(Translated from Icelandic)


Dance, dance, baby

Dagsavisen 16. mars 2012


"Attentive young audience"

Aftenposten 2. mars 2009

”The dance clearly shows that the choreographer knows the body language and movements of children.”


”The children at Kanonhallen couldn't care less that modern dance and music is supposedly difficult to understand. They were lit up like candles, eyes fixed on what they were seeing.”


Lokalavisen Groruddalen, 2009