Dansens Hus - National stage for dance, Oslo 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.

Oh, Marja fly, fly, where are you going now?
Look at all the colours you will get
A touch of warmth on your cheeks
Can it be the sun coming in?

Oh, Marja fly, fly, you are so dear to me
Oh, I think i got too close to you.
Can you hear a melody far away?
Can it be a red star?

Oh, Marja fly, fly, what are you thinking about?
Is it the blue colour you try to reach?
Listen to the sound of the music
And see what the magic brings.

Oh, Marja fly, fly, let me go with you
Let us fly, let us fly – far away.
Tomorrow I think we have beautiful weather
And we shall dance in a ring with new clothes.

By Inger Cecilie Bertrán de Lis


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.


Light, playful and sensory (PDF)
Local paper Groruddalen, april 16. 2009

How colours are made (PDF)
Newspaper Fréttablaðið,
Reykjavik, december 7. 2009
(Translated from Icelandic)

From small and grey to colourful freedom(PDF)
Newspaper Morgunblaðið,
Reykjavik, december 7.  2009
(Translated from Icelandic)

Dance, dance, baby
Dagsavisen march 16. 2012

“Attentive young audience”
Aftenposten march 2. 2009


“This performance captures the complex interplay between the simple and the beautiful so it can hardly be done better. The dancers are amazing »

“This was a liberating performance”
Avisen Morgunbladid Reykjavik, 2009

“Accurate and well-thought-out performance, sensory theater”
“As a research assignment in how we begin to notice the surroundings around us.”
Avisen Fréttablaðið,2009

“The two dancers Sylvi Fredriksen and Tinna Gretarsdottir enchanted the kids with a light, playful and sensual performance.”

“They danced right into the kids’ daydreaming fantasy world.”

“The dance clearly shows that the choreographer knows the kids’ body language and movements”

“An experience of rhythm that captures children’s thoughts.”
Local newspaper Groruddalen 2009