25th August, 2017
Avaldsnes is called Norway’s Oldest Royal Seat because King Harald Fairhair made this place his royal residence after he had unified Norway ca. 870 AD. Harald Fairhair died around 930, but Avaldsnes continued to be a royal seat for Harald’s descendants for almost 500 years. Among these kings were Eric Bloodaxe, Haakon the Good, Olav Tryggvason, St. Olav and Haakon Haakonsson.
Located on an Island
Held within a large wooden barn at the entrance to the Avaldsnes visitor centre, the performance was delivered in both English and Norwegian.
Engaging the Local Community
Anne Kathrin Granhus, the production choreographer and lead dancer, also performed as the Raven alongside a group of young dancers from the local Culture School, having spent time working within the community.
The Sound of Battle
Troula Drummers from Catoira performed at the event, adding dynamic sound to the performance, leading the dead warrior to the buriel mound in Avaldsnes village, a promenade from inside the barn to the exterior space.
Nordvegen History Centre
Kong Augvalds vg. 103
4262 Avaldsnes, NORWAY
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