For the Førde Folk Music Festival, dance company Frikar has created a spectacular show that features a fusion of traditional Norwegian Halling dance, Brazilian capoeira and breakdance. ‘The Snuff Grinders’ is a melting pot of wildly differing dance styles from two continents, united by a single element; the head-spin, or, as the Halling dancers would describe the move some hundred years ago: the snuff grinder.

Fronted by charismatic and extrovert troupe leader Hallgrim Hansegård, Frikar has managed to revitalize the image of Norwegian folk dance in the minds of the general public through an athletic and youthful approach to the traditional dance forms.

With a musical back-drop composed by fiddler Andreas Ljones (key member of successful folk outfit Majorstuen), ‘The Snuff Grinders’ features plenty of spectacular and airy stunts with healthy doses of spontaneous and playful improvisation backed by an eclectic stew of musical styles that includes traditional Norwegian and Brazilian folk music as well as (Baile-) funk, hip-hop and rock.

Says Frikar front-man Hallgrim Hansegård on the multi-cultural outfit that features dancers from Norway, Brazil and Cape Verde: ’The funny thing is that we communicate much better on stage than off. Through dance we communicate as if we were brothers, while we struggle to communicate verbally.’

Unquestionably, the Frikar crew is best known to the wider public for their acrobatic displays performed to accompany Eurovision Song Contest winner Alexander Rybak and his mammoth hit Fairytale. In addition to this high-profile exposure, the Frikar Dance Company has also performed with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and The National Ballets of Norway and Zimbabwe. The Frikar dancers have also served as models for the moves of highly successful computer game “Age of Conan”.

Established specialists in the traditional acrobatic Halling dance, Frikar frequently perform alongside break dancers, capoeiristas and contemporary dancers with their crew of 23 dancers and 6 musicians and 3 technicians. The crew has shared the stage with other well-known acrobatic companies such as the Cirque du Soleil, and also played a key role in the recent premiere of the new work ‘Yr’ featuring violinist Ragnhild Hemsing at the Bergen International Festival – a massive and spectacular undertaking that broke new ground with its combination of outdoor dance and spectacular extreme sports stunts.

Fri 3 July 20:30-21:15 - Førdehuset
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