An intergenerational residency on the human relationship with the earth and the land rights of the Sami people in the north and the Ainu people in Japan.


Through the newly created work "of itself : in itself", the group highlights cultural policy discourses in Sweden and the non-repatriation of Ainu and Sami remains. The group also aims to highlight similarities between indigenous peoples in terms of land colonisation, and explore the relationship of dance to their cultural and bodily rights. The audience is taken on a journey through worlds where the body carries memories we have not experienced, the music and sounds are an echo of the past, alien but at the same time recognisable to us.

"There is something I see in all the threads I try to pull, in the weaving of our bonds, our lives and history in our bodies. They told us that we once could; the bloody and the physical - earthy. Drifting, searching, over, under, over, under. I don't want to learn, I want to know without having to learn. "
- Linnéa Sundling, Dancer Humans & Soil

Humans & Soil is initiated by Sami-Kurdish choreographer Marit Shirin Carolasdotter currently based in Umeå, Västerbotten. It is an artistic project that highlights bodily and land rights from an indigenous perspective. The project started in 2017 by Marit Shirin and collaborates with freelance artists and artistic researchers around the world on the theme of indigenous peoples, such as the Sami in the north and the Ainu people in Japan. The project has two branches: artistic/temporary research and the production of dance and music performances. The project's first stage production "of itself : in itself" is a multimodal expression between live music and contemporary dance with a premiere in August 2021. The goal of the residency at Dansens Hus is to deepen the work with sound/light in the performance.


Marit Shirin Carolasdotter

Marit Shirin Carolasdotter is a choreographer based in Umeå with her project "Humans & Soil" but has Sami roots from Jämtland and Kurdish background from Iraq. Her artistry is characterised by indigenous issues through research and production of dance works.

She studies at the Master's Programme in International Performing Arts at Stockholm University of the Arts, and since her education at the former DOCH in 2015, she has worked as a dancer in Belgium, Austria, Japan, Greece, Denmark and Iceland. She is currently working on the new work "of itself : in itself" which will premiere at Norrlandsoperan in Umeå, August 2021.



Marit Shirin Carolasdotter


Linnéa Sundling
Sebastian Björkman
Marit Shirin Carolasdotter


Nina Nordvall Vahlberg

Sound designers

Annelie Nederberg


Juvvá Pittja

Lighting design

Erik Wiedersheim-Paul


Olivia Welding


The Dance Initiative
Dansnät Sweden
Dansens Hus

With the support of

Cultural Council
Dance in Västerbotten
Dansnät Sweden
The National Theatre
Dance residency 2020


Tina Vesterlund, Ynk Produktion AB, Norrlandsoperan.
Robin Jalmén (portrait)


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