From Here to The Black Sea is a meditation on the geographical landscape of the Cold War. The level of conflict between the West and the East increased in 2014, and an old ghost came to the surface. We follow the perspective of dancer Mariko Miyata, who is too young to remember the atmosphere during the Cold War. In the opening scene she reads from the short story ‘Moscow’ by Dag Solstad and is seduced by it’s wild notions of life behind The Iron Curtain in the sixties.
Parallel to this there is an interview with Erna Duesund, a former employee at the air traffic control tower at Bodø Airport in Northern Norway. She remembers NATO’s activities in the region, and the feeling of a threat coming from The East. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the language changed. Erna describes the occurrence of new and beautiful names such as Belarus and Moldavia and also shares her fascination for the Vikings who travelled the rivers, crossed the Black Sea, and arrived in Konstantinopel.
Meanwhile the dancer writes a map on the floor, and moves her body across the borders to the sound of the percussionist Arnfinn Bergrabb who plays on a jet motor at The Norwegian Airforce Museum. The film is about perceptions of geography and how they change over time. The film was made through dance improvisation, and experimentations with storytelling.Rent this work for public screenings