Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona
Forestilling: War Travels – Sona/Zona

Performance: War Travels – Sona/Zona

The Nazis' racial ideology led to the dehumanization and deprivation of human dignity of others. Based on the construction of the Nordland Line by Russian prisoners of war, Nordland Teater presents a performance about the mentality of violence.

The theme of SONA/ZONA is exciting and extensive, with local grounding and inspiration. Therefore, the audience is introduced through a lecture and a unique exhibition in connection with the performance. This will provide insight into a dark part of the history of Mo i Rana and Nordland.


The prisoner camps between Mo i Rana and Fauske were established to exploit the labor of Russian prisoners of war. The prisoners tried to endure, surrounded by the same mountains we look up at today. Severe violence, biting cold, and hunger claimed the lives of many prisoners of war who, according to the Geneva Convention, were entitled to protection. Hitler and the Nazis divided people into master races and subhumans, ranking them by race. This had enormous consequences for how the Germans acted as occupiers and warriors. It was an intended outcome that the Slavs should die. Whether it happened through starvation, mistreatment, outright murder, or working to death was less important. They were disposable.

In SONA/ZONA, director Terje Skonseng Naudeer takes us to a place where we encounter various figures. Both the destructive ones who take lives and the resilient ones who survive against all odds.


About the background of the performance

A music video by COIL, a photo book with pictures from Siberia, the Nordland Line.

This was the starting point for what has now become the theater performance Sona/Zona. In the music video, we meet young boys and men imprisoned under extreme conditions in an Eastern European country. The book Zona shows us pictures from Siberian prisons that still exist today. And then our own close history: the Nordland Line. The suffering of Russian prisoners of war during World War II happened here with us. NSB (now Vy)'s collaboration with the German occupiers unfortunately falls right into the theme of this performance: what happens when human dignity is set aside?


War Travels

The performance has a new premiere during Bodø2024 in connection with the cultural capital project War Travels, which seeks to dramatize the region's under-communicated and close war stories along the Nordland Line.


Time and Place

Meeting place: Narvik Cultural House, Kongensgate 44

Duration: 19:00 - 20:30


Credits

Director and Scenography: Terje Skonseng Naudeer

Sound Design: Jim Oddvar Hansen

Lighting Design: Johan Haugen

Actors: Piotr Misztela, Terje Ranes, and Preben Lillebø Rongve

Thanks to: The National Library, The Blood Road Museum, Rana Vulk, Alf Kristian "Kikkan" Pedersen, Kjell Sommerseth, Michael Stokke, Johnny Thørnquist, Eirik Audonson Skaar, and Arild Smeby

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Occasions

  • 23 July