Running away may look like an adequate solution when the world seems threatening, and speaking out seems futile. This is what Iona, the reluctant prophet chooses; but once down in the belly of the Leviathan, his decision does not feel quite right.
From a deep-sea perspective, this performance looks at the power struggle over the ocean resources of the High North. In a time when the world of science and the reality of politics seem to be torn apart, we are searching for ways to see ourselves and our time, in order to keep our chin up.
We are exploring a space to cleanse ourselves and make ready for what is to come. A place where we are chosen, like Iona was, because we know we are caught between the decisions of the past and the tragedies of the future.
IONA is a co-production between the newly founded company Koie and Ferske Scener, and produced with support from the Arctic Arts Festival.
“Iona is a playful and surprising performance with a clear reference to the Bible’s story about the prophet Jonah.” – Anki Gerhardsen, Nordlys (Dice 4)
“We have long been exposed to the “huge fiction that someone has control”. The theatre performance Iona goes between the words, pokes holes in the homages and pulls us under the sea to tell us that it’s all a lie. And everything is out of control.” – Rikke Gürgens Gjærum, Harstad Tidende (Dice 5)