Karantena #millionsmissing

How do I dance now that I am ill?

Karantena #millionsmissing is artivistic choreography where Oma addresses the theme of isolation due to illness. The work is made to be streamed live directly from quarantine in her own flat. The choreographer is addressing a global experience. The vulnerability in the expression is being strengthened through using only one camera, the dogma film rules, and the fallible technique behind live streaming on a low budget.The movements are inspired by the flat’s limitations and reflects the play between the theme of isolation, the room, the camera, and the inner response of knowing an audience is watching. The audience becomes a spectator of a choreographer’s longing to dance. Many people have experienced isolation since Covid-19. For #millionsmissing- a global campaign for and with patients with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) – having to live in quarantine is more or less normal. Can the pandemic lead to change and empathy for the chronically ill now that so many people experience this particular kind of life? Covid19 opened the possibility for new ways of collaborating through shared experience. Karantena #millionsmissing has been created through interaction and dialogue with other artists, choreographers, and curators from Norway, Malaysia, Lebanon/France, Korea, and Australia. Despite the cultural differences and very different ways of expressing and culture, the conversations revealed a commonality in the experience of illness-related isolation.

Audience responses:

Kyungmi Natalie Kim (Artist/business woman, Korea)
– Deeply touched, very well composed, well used of online media and space. Most of all it was very engaging. – simple and interesting way of using spaces wihin her house and the outdoor. And love the narrative of the work about million missing. Beautiful piece with authentic stories of the artist. – Masterpiece and beautiful work indeed. Deeply touched and very moving! Great work Kristine!

Veronica (Interdiciplinary artist and initiator of infrastructure, Bergen Norway) The uncomfortable feeling of looking in on something sad, private and desperate.Compassion. Interested in the use of space and entrance hall, and the use of the camera and objects in the room. Impressed by the amount of material in such a setting- I liked and was impressed by the many different atmospheres, the composition of the movements and the accuracy of the movements and space together. I liked the sounds and the clearness and tidiness in the use of camera and placement of objects and performer as the performance unfolded.- Thank you for the important work! I belive it! 

(Scientist, Norway)
– The emotions transmitted through the breathing, eyes and moevements around the apartment.Boredom, anger, desolation, sadness, restriction, and little hope. I enjoyed the change of body language used plus elements and techniques used along the apartment. The variation of time for the sequences was also very enjoyable to feel the expressions of the artist. Finally towards the last part of the presentation was like a photographic show very pleasant to watch.

John Britton (DIrector/Performer/Teacher/Writer, UK) –  The journey from dance through abstraction to direct address, and ultimately to memory was a painful metaphor for the personal journey of the artist. In follwoing it with her, the sense of loss, and also of resilience (for all is not lost, beautiful things, like this performance and like the visit to the sea) remain.-  There was a very powerful contrast between the precise architectural physicality of the start and the much softer presence of the direct address to camera. Being aware this was a live event (though i watched the next day) which would be placing significant strain on your resources simply enhanced the power of your presence 

Bjørg Karin Skjold (Language teacher, Bergen Norway)
– Illuminating, moving and also funny in a kind of sad way-  The dancer has the courage to expose her vulnerability. Since I have a chronic illness myself, I recognise many aspects of a life that limits you and gave me the courage and the consciousness to go on using it for something positive and feel less lonely. I also liked to watch the dance moves and how she used the breathing to emphasise the gravity of her situation.

Kok Siew-Wai  (Vocal improviser, video artist, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – It’s very intimate and touches me directly. Perhaps also because I have experienced quarantining for about 3 months alone in my apartment due to Covid-19. I find strong emotions, and I also find humour. I also like the fact that because the artist is doing a video, she’ll be able to make some effective camera angles, such as a close-up, to certain element of interests, for example the high heels, and make us focus on that and be overwhelmed by the expressions and movements of the feet. I think in a stage performance, such impact of an intense focus on only one body part, is harder to achieve.-  Keep making excellent work, Kristine! 

Anonymous: I had tears in my eyes. It was emotional and thought provoking. The choreography and performance were perfectly suited to a ten-year quarantine experience. As a novelist, I am reminded how important body movements are in expressing emotion. It was not always comfortable to watch, which is as it should be given the subject matter.

Siv Grønlie (Violinist) Dramatic, pain-full, play-full and creative work. It is so good that people get to know what it means to have ME. Kristine shows this with clarity in her performance. The fact that the dance means so much to Kristine and that she is able to perform in spite of the ME illness is remarkable. Even though the work mirror the serious pain that is connected to having ME I also enjoyed elements of humour and happiness. Kristine is showing that life is an art, if you dont get to use your creativity you fade away. I hope the research will end up finding a cure for ME patients and that Kristine can get well and use her full potential again.

ME-syke Oma Nilsens live streaming fra egen leilighet i Bergen gjør også inntrykk akkurat nå: Hun iscenesetter seg selv dansende i flere sekvenser. En silke nattkjole med kimono og høyhælte sko blir sterke symboler på livet hun savner, før hun til slutt forteller akkurat nok om sorgen over livet som kronisk syk. Scenekunst.no´s kritikk fra oktoberdans 2020

Anonymous: Vulnerable, strong and touching. Very descriptive of what it is like to live with ME. Great communication skills through the art. Great use of body, props and very relatable theme. I had to turn off the sound at in the first scene as it was too much for my ME head, but beautiful visually nevertheless. Thank you for a great experience! Sårt, sterkt og rørende. Veldig beskrivende for hvordan det er å leve med ME. Flott formidlingsevne. Har aldri før visst at føtter kunne være så gripende og fortelle historie. Flott bruk av kropp og rekvisitter, veldig gjenkjennbar tematikk. Måtte skru av musikken i start scenen, det ble for mye for mitt ME hode, men like flott visuelt likevel. Tusen takk for en flott opplevelse!

Bente (Teacher): Wow – wonderful, beautiful about living a life. I like the honesty, the vulnerability and the strengths. The braveness to have this performance – it talked to me, the light, the shadows,… to be alive, but still missing – I love the performance

Anonymous: Thank you for all the feelings and reflections that you awaken. I like the combination of silence, pictures, physicality, video, words. The reflection you create. Loved the atmosphere. The weather video. The physical playfulness. The pain that is expressed. I love your teamwork. The always present illness frame expressed through the esthetic and the art. The will to fight. The sorrow and acceptance, the light. The colors. The feelings you awake: The breaking point of crying that is released by laughter. The wonder and recognition. Most of all I like the time that you give. Of yourself. Of your profession. The time and the thoughts you made me aware of through the silence, words and the picture. I loved this. Thank you. Takk❤️ for alle følelser og refleksjoner dere vekker. Jeg likte kombinasjonen av stillhet, bilder, fysikk, lyd, video, ord. Refleksjonen du/dere skaper. Elsket stemningen. Vær videoen. Kroppsleken. Smerten som uttrykkes. Jeg elsker teamarbeidet deres. Den alltid nærværende sykdomsrammen uttrykt gjennom estetikken og kunsten. Kampviljen. Sorgen og aksepten, lyset. Fargene. Følelsene du vekker: På bristepunktet til gråt som avløses av latter. Undring og gjenkjennelse. Mest av alt elsket jeg tiden du gir. Av deg selv. Av profesjonsuttrykket ditt. Tiden og tankene du gjorde meg oppmerksom på gjennom stillheten, ordene og bildet. Jeg elsket dette! 🌈Takk🌈

Christine Drage 26, personal trainer: It made me feel sad, but also amazed. I liked how transparent the dancer was, and how openly she preformed and expressed herself through movements. Beautiful, elegant and open. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed.

Anonymous: This was so very moving, painfully beautiful, intense, raw and an important glimpse into a for me unknown world of pain, despair, sorrow, isolation and lost dreams – yet I also felt the remarkable energy shining through in the movements and words spoken, staying present appreciating every detail and nuance while breathing as much life into every moment as possible. The honesty, the attention to details, the mix of dancing and words spoken. The up close dance with hands and feet captures so much intense emotion in a small frame. I also found myself especially moved by the dance by the sea – with the rain drumming gently on the umbrella and watching the joy of moving even for a few precious moments even though the pain would sure follow as a result.

Dianne Reid 59, Screendance and performance artist Adelaide, South Australia: Moved and engaged. The rawness, humour, topical content, quality of movement, strategic and shifting camera angles, overall progression from corridor full-bodied intensity and vocals to personal address at end.