Sculptural work by 


for Harald Beharies UNDERSANG
Co-producers. Black Box Teater(Oslo) BIT (Bergen) Rosendal Teater (Trondheim) RAS (Sandnes) TOU (Stavanger)


Sculptural work

in collaboration with Harald Beharie. Premiere + tour: TBA

Undersang (NO + TBA)  
Batty Bwoy (SE, CH, IT, NO, DK +++)  
Afterlife (SE, DK, UK, RO +++ ) 

PH: Chai Saedi


by Louis Schou-Hansen and Karoline Bakken Lund 


Oslo International Theater Festival, March 12-19 March 2022
Co-production: Black Box Theater / mimosa—studio, Oslo / Palmera 

Palmera, Bergen, Norway 9+10 April 2022, My Wild Flag Festival, Stockholm, Sweden 2+3 Sep 2022, Suprainfinit Gallery, Bucharest, Romania 23+24/6 2023, Femidomen, Nesodden, Norway August 2023

Afterlife is an alternative history, a site for speculation and ambiguous interpretations of a renaissance that never really happened. The work flirts with the idea of the death of classical ballet, while leaning into subtle irrationalities and dark humor.

revisits the origins of the ballet at the Renaissance. A time when the genre was mostly made out of folk dances for white aristocracies, and where a history of violence and exclusion began to take course. By playing with counterfactual fantasies and “what if” questions, Afterlife breaks into, and re-imagines the foundations of the classical ballet and its possible other futures. Three performers explore reconstructions and the absurd symbolic gestures of original dances from the late renaissance. They seek to alter oppressive narratives, they look for common grounds and aim to infiltrate a history that never belonged to them. 


Choreograher Louis Schou-Hansen in converation w. Runa Skolseg 

Choreography & direction Louis Schou-Hansen

Visual landcape, sculptures and costumes Karoline Bakken Lund

Co-creating performers Amie Mbye, Elise Nohr Nystad, Georgiana Dobre

Music Peachlyfe / Petra Skibsted

Artistic advisor Sebastian De Line

Reconstruction of renaissance dances Elizabeth Svarstad

Hair Anna Lübeck

Photos Chai Saeidi / Karoline Bakken Lund

Assistants Arbana Alickaj / Anna Lübeck / Weronica Høkaas / Annikken Wilhelmsen


Thank you + supported by:  

Tatiana Lozano, Ines Belli, Pedro Gomez Egana, Ingri Fiksdal, Runa Borch Skolseg, Marie Ursin & Mariama Slåttøy for helping us think! Supported by Arts Council Norway, Fond For Lyd og Bilde, FFUK,Fritt Ord and Oslo Kommune.