• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival
  • 10–19 March 2022
  • 10 days of Live Art experiences
  • Louis Schou-Hansen / Karoline Bakken Lund
  • Afterlife
  • Saturday 12, 19.00–20.00
  • Sunday 13, 19.00–20.00
  • Sunday 13, 20.00 (Aftertalk)
  • Thursday 17, 19.00–20.00
  • Friday 18, 19.00–20.00
  • Saturday 19, 19.00–20.00

Afterlife is an alternative history, a space of muted desires and ambiguous interpretations of a renaissance that never really happened. Afterlife flirts with the idea of the death of the classical ballet. This fantasy becomes a way to refuse assimilation and to find new potentials at its beginning.

It revisits the origins of the classical ballet, a history infused with violence and exclusion, and tries to provoke other futures by breaking into its foundations. The work comes to life as a Renaissance ballet re-imagined. It travels back to a time when ballet took the shape of folk dances for white aristocracies, and plays with counterfactual fantasies and “what if” questions. 

Through reconstructions of original dances from the late renaissance, three performers explore a series of absurd symbolic gestures. They seek to alter oppressive narratives, they look for common grounds and aim to infiltrate a history that never belonged to them. 

Duration: approx. 1 hour
mimosa-studio. Address: Christian Krohgs gate 2
mimosa-studio is not accessible for wheelchairs.

Louis Schou-Hansen in conversation with Runa Borch Skolseg here

13 March / Directly after the performance:
Aftertalk with Louis Schou-Hansen and Karoline Bakken Lund


  • Project direction: Louis Schou-Hansen.
  • Costume and sculptures: Karoline Bakken Lund.
  • Co-making performers: Amie Mbye, Georgiana Dobre, Elise Nohr Nystad.
  • Music: Petra Skibsted / Peachlyfe.
  • Artistic advisor: Sebastian De Line.
  • Reconstruction of renaissance dances: Elizabeth Svarstad.
  • Conversations with performers: Maritea Dæhlin.
  • Photos: Julie Hrnčířová.
  • Co-production: Black Box teater (Oslo), Mimosa Studio (Oslo), Palmera (Bergen), Trauma Bar und Kino (Berlin).
  • Supported by: Arts Council Norway, Fond For Lyd og Bilde, FFUK, Fritt Ord