VÅR means spring, VÅR means our.
In 524 AD in the far North a girl was born. “She has a giant’s anger” said her people when they saw her. “She will never behave like a woman. Put her in the forest to die.”
The girl was called Hervor (meaning ‘our army’). She grew up to become a brutal warrior, even summoning the dead in order to step into her place in a line of heroes.
What happens when someone breaks from what is expected? How important is memory in forming identity? How much do the stories that are told to us, and about us, make us who we are?
Shining a light on an almost forgotten Norse saga of a Viking warrior woman, VÅR: the Story of Hervor, is created and performed by two outstanding Norwegian artists – storyteller, Mimesis Heidi Dahlsveen and composer and musician, Kristin Bolstad.
Broadcast live from a beautiful laftehus within a Norwegian forest, this one-hour live, online performance is part of a two-hour immersive storytelling experience that includes a pre-recorded prologue and epilogue plus an online Q&A with the artists.
“The most effective and engrossing collaboration between storytelling and film I have seen.”
From the quest for cursed sword buried deep within the earth, to waiting on a platform in Paris, being watched by a stranger… VÅR is an exceptional live, online storytelling and music performance where Norse saga, autobiography and electroacoustic music come together for a captivating exploration of memory, loss, power, war and identity.