1946: the second autumn after the end of the war. Nautic traffic along the coast has almost returned to normality, but it is not without risk. In addition to the wet and stormy weather there are frequent reports of mines drifting in the fairway.
The time is 8:20pm on Thursday December 19th The lanterns of the D/S havskaaren can be seen from Kvalnes farm, less than 2000 meters inside Kvalnes Flesa. There is stormy rainfalls, the sea is rough and the visibility is poor. As the lanterns disappear from sight, the only remaining visual sign of the ship is the beam of the searchlight pointing straight up into the dark sky. Shortly after, that too fades away. The impossible has happened, the ship has perished with all hands on board. (Kjell Rystad)
D/S Havskaaren is a resynthesized material gathered from stories and handcrafts attributed to Hildur Pedersen, who grew up in Kvalnes in the inter-war period and witnessed the shipwreck. A depiction of traces and patterns found in artefacts shaped by language and yarn are put together to form a new structure played with an altered mechanical system. As linguistic substances they are folded into echoes of lived lives from which these songs are sung. At the bottom of the ocean, a shipwreck slowly decays and transforms into a flower meadow.
Composer and musician: Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due, Musician: Ådne Meisfjord, Design and programming: Jo Grys, Fredrik Olofsson. In partnership with Stamsund Teaterfestival and supported by Arts Council Norway and Villa Lofoten.