Kristin Ryg Helgebostad and Laura Marie Rueslåtten (NO)

CHEERS / cancelled

Cancellation / announcement: We are so sad to share with you that the Norwegian corona-restrictions have kept otherwise unstoppable Kristin Ryg Helgebostad and the whole crew behind CHEERS at home – thus the performances at Edison October 2nd and 3rd are cancelled. Instead, we proudly present Deep Etude by the shooting star Alma Söderberg – same time and place; ticket sale starts in a few days.


Presented in collaboration between Dansehallerne and Betty Nansen Teatret: 

Dansehallerne x Betty
Cutting-edge performances, talks & more
September – October 2020 

Six women on stage – and plenty of twirling pompoms.
As a teen,
Kristin Ryg Helgebostad was a cheerleader for the local ice hockey club. With CHEERS she celebrates – and distorts – cheerleading as a genre, working with the unpredictable forces and energy that arise when we join up to cheer someone or something along. She conducts her explorations in a fruitful collaboration with the composer and carillonist Laura Marie Rueslåtten.

Here, you won’t see the miniskirts and spectacular acrobatics associated with cheerleading in American films. Instead, CHEERS takes a musical, yet disruptive approach to its subject matter, playing around with the genre’s overall aesthetic and style of movement: geometric formations are transformed by being enacted lying down rather than upright. The sound of bells merge with an insistent cheering that surges from a whisper to a roar, issuing a call to action! The women reveal a power that by turns strengthens, weakens and transforms a fragile yet loving collective. 

CHEERS won the NATT & DAG Oslo Prize for Best Stage Performance in 2018 and was nominated for the Norwegian Dance Critics Award in 2019 

In 2020, the duo Helgebostad/Rueslåtten were selected as Aerowaves artists in recognition of their joint project CHEERS. Every year, the prestigious international network Aerowaves appoints the twenty most talented and promising choreographers in Europe. 

Watch Danjel Andersson and Elisa Kragerup’s introduction to Cheers:

Concept /
Performers / Marianne Kjærsund, Sigrid Hirsch Kopperdal, Julie Moviken, Berglind Rafnsdottir, Charlott Utzig, Kristin Ryg
Helgebostad, Laura Marie Rueslåtten
Choreography / Kristin Ryg Helgebostad
Composer / Laura Marie Rueslåtten
Light/Set Design / Elisabeth Nilsson
Costume/Set Design / Thale Kvam Olsen
Photo / Simen Dieserud Thornquist
Producer/Outside Eye / Idun Vik
Production assistant / Frida Bang Søfting 

Kristin Ryg Helgebostad is an acclaimed Norwegian dancer and choreographer. Working with a wide range of performative and choreographic strategies, she holds an MA in choreography from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KhiO). Kristin has created a succession of critically acclaimed and award-winning works. Touring throughout Europe, Kristin has also created a performance on Danish soil before, specifically The Real Raw for Corpus at the Royal Danish Ballet in collaboration with the Roskilde Festival in 2019.

Laura Marie Rueslåttenis a trained carillonist and one of the very few professional carillonists in Norway, working at the Oslo City Hall and the Urianienborg Church. She is an active member of various music ensembles. Specialising in contemporary music, Laura Marie is frequently involved in crossover projects. She composes original music and is often invited to perform at special occasions such as official state visits and the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies. Laure Marie has toured Norway and Europe with various artistic projects. 

CHEERS is a follow-up to Helgebostad / Rueslåtten’s critically acclaimed ME TOO (2015), which has toured Norway and Europe extensively ever since its premiere. ME TOO brings together hand bells and movement to form a landscape of materialised energy. It was nominated for the Norwegian Dance Critics’ Award and selected for the Aerowaves network and the ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform in 2016. 

Where and when
CHEERS will perform October 2nd-3rd at 8pm at Edison, Edisonsvej 10, 1856 Frederiksberg C (Betty Nansen Theatre’s annex venue)

NB: Before welcoming our audience, Dansehallerne x Betty will have taken precautions in keeping with the general recommendations regarding hygiene, spacing, and so on. In the unlikely event of us having to cancel a performance, all ticketholders will get their money back. Thus, buying tickets for CHEERS is perfectly safe.