Episode 6: Hallgrim Hansegård – Movement from the North, heritage of dance

Hallgrim Hansegård, Frikar (photo credit: Pål-Laukli)

In the new episode of the Nordics Unveiled, Eldbjørg Hemsing is exploring the rich heritage of dance. Joining her exploration is Norwegian choreographer, dancer and entrepreneur Hallgrim Hansegård – know for his dance company Frikar. Known for his innovative and playful dance projects, Hallgrim is continuously breaking physical, psychological and cultural barriers.

Hallgrim Hansegård has truly made a name with bringing the rich traditional folk dance ‘halling’ to the global audiences, both through live performances, TV productions and even video games. His projects had been performed in more than 30 countries and have reached over 100 million views on YouTube. Most interestingly, his performance has also been censored by Catholic Church in Italy. Hallgrim has in 2006 founded his own dance company FRIKAR, artistically leading a space where Norwegian traditional folk dance and other sub-cultures within dance community can experiment, develop and nurture the heritage by sharing it to the future generations.

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In the Nordic countries we share a common heritage of social dances, with a lot of whirling in a couple formation. There is a common use of circle dances, but Halling is kind of different, almost a ‘Flamingo dance of the Nordics’. … I tend to disagree from the majority of dances who believe Halling is a male dance, as there is several written sources from 1700 about high-quality female dancers.

Hallgrim Hansegård, The Nordics Unveiled

It is both interesting and strange that we have such big regional differences. Even in the mood with music and dance. In the Southern part of Norway they are known for a more dark mood, heaviness in the dance. And in Valdres, most of Hallings are pretty happy and light, and our Springar is the most leaning forward, which is really good for the trance dancing.

Hallgrim Hansegård, The Nordics Unveiled

Production of podcast “The Nordics Unveiled” was made possible with generous support form foundations Dextra Musica and Bergesenstiftelsen.

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