Av Historisk Grunn
Part I - II - III

Most things in the world never come to be...

Av Historisk Grunn is a collaboration between choreographers Eivind Seljeseth, Kristin Ryg Helgebostad and myself that started in 2011. The project evolves around questions of what shapes history. So far it has materialized in three different performances, a seminar called Future Culture Houses and a fanzine.


Part III - Self reflection

AV HISTORISK GRUNN part III - Self reflection. After taking the outsider position in both previous parts (our archeological site outside Dansens Hus and The Long Journey traveling across Norway with a reflecting tent/ theater building) , we now wanted to dive into the possibilities inside institutions collaborating with Dansens Hus, Danseinformasjonen and the Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo to expand the context of the project and go deeper both in the artistic research and the political questions that came up through our work so far.

In the performance we turn the idea of the reflecting tent inside out and let the history of the project reflect back at itself to make an atmospheric space where all elements work together in an ambient theatre machinery. The performers are antennas and receivers of memories of what have and haven't happened yet in Av Historisk Grunn.

Review in Norwegian



Choreography: Ingeleiv Berstad, Kristin Ryg Helgebostad and Eivind Seljeseth.
Co-creating dancers: Julie Mjøen, Marie Ronold Mathisen, Mina Weider and Åse Marie Eide Rannestad.
Set design: Eivind Seljeseth
Sound design: Ingeleiv Berstad
Consultant sound: Erik Hedin
Costume design: Kristin Ryg Helgebostad
Seam: Karen Wien
Light design: Eivind Seljeseth
Consultant light: Martin Myrvold
Co-producer: Dansens Hus, Oslo
In collaboration with: Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Co-producer, seminar: Danseinformasjonen.
Seminar supported by: Dansens hus, Danseinformasjonen and Arts Council Norway.
Premiered October 13th 2016
at Dansens Hus, Oslo      


Seminar - Future Culture Houses

We invited people into our reflecting space to think about what culture houses of the future can be like. 


The panel. Left to right: Per Möller, Ola Beskow, Charlotte Myrbråten, Lisa Lie, Mette Edvardsen, Bo Krister Wallström, Even Smith Wergeland, Martin Revheim and Ine Therese Berg.


Part II - The Long Journey

"Most things never enter the physical world. The world is full of things that never has come to be. Ideas that never has been materialized, expectations that hasn't yet been fulfilled and visions that hasn't even been thought of yet. They swirl around and wait to be picked up and rooted in reality. Like small black holes they fly by our collective consciousness. "

AV HISTORISK GRUNN part II - THE LONG JOURNEY is a performance about a potential Norwegian dance history and choreographic works that could have been created. We interviewed some 20 other Norwegian choreographers with a bigger body of work, about projects once planned or thought of, which for some reason were left in the drawer. In "AV HISTORISK GRUNN" we investigate these potential works and form a separate independent performance. 

An other aspect of this part of Av Historisk Grunn -The Long Journey is the culture houses that actually have been built throughout Norway the last fifteen years. We wanted to take our mobile silver performance-space with all our potential performances in it around to a selection of 15 new built  houses. The journey has been an investigation of the conditions of these culture houses, the different local situations and the outsider position, which our silver structure literary took. 



Concept, dance, choreography, set design, text, costume, sound, light deigns: Ingeleiv Berstad, Kristin Helgebostad and Eivind Seljeseth
Technical consultants: Erik Hedin, Martin Myrvold, Tormod Carlsen, Gunhild Mathea Olaussen og Ragnar Berntsson
Supported by: Arts Council Norway, Fond for lyd og bilde, Fond for utøvende kunstnere and Oslo kommune

Premiered august 12th 2015
on (literally) 
The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.


Part I - Archeological Excavation

AV HISTORISK GRUNN part 1 was an archaeological excavation of the Norwegian dance history in prehistoric time, form the sixties to 1983 (when I, the oldest in the group was born). We were serving rizhomatic mushroom soup, conjured up Indra Lorentzen dancing ghost from the soil and looked for immaterial historical art-objects in a party-tent. As part of the project we made an exhibition inside the foyer of Dansens Hus where we presented some of the immaterial art-objects we already dug out through our research. We had one premiere and about 5 extra-shows. We tried to hijack audience  coming and leaving Dansens Hus and other random people just passing by.

Concept/Choreography/Performers/SOUND/LIGHT-DESIGN/SET-DESIGN/COSTUME: Kristin Helgebostad, EIVIND SELJESETJ and Ingeleiv Berstad





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