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Documentary performance „Lighter than a Woman“ Kristina Norman (EST)

By and with: Kristina Norman

Dramaturgy: Laur Kaunissaare

Camera, live execution: Erik Norkroos

Choreographic advice: Joanna Kalm, Karolin Poska  

Music: Jēkabs Nīmanis

Light: Oliver Kulpsoo

With the participation of: Isadora Angelini, Ivana Abbondanza, Halina Fomiceva, Liubov Sandulovych, Nataliya Sandu, Victoria Bilivska, Mariia Filonenko, Mayya Romashchenko, Rina Pancaldi

Special thanks to: Piersandra di Matteo, Cosetta Nicolini, Maria Rita Palumbo, Anna Tomesani, Mariya Fedoryshyn, Meelika Ebrok, Meelis Muhu

Translations: Maarja Kangro, Tom Karik, Pearu Helenurm

Photo: Epp Kubu, Erik Norkroos

Supporters: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Ministry of Culture of Estonia

Co-production: Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Santarcangelo festival, New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione/Atlas of Transitions Biennale project Create to Connect -> Create to Impact supported by EU

Premiere: 2019-07-05 Santarcangelo festival (IT)

Used video excerpts in visual materials of the piece: “Where do astronauts sleep?” European Space Agency, ESA 08.06.2015; “SkyLab Circular Track” 03.03.2010; NASA; -“Astronauta Samantha Cristoforetti –Missione Futura 42 su ISS” Canale25 24.11.2014; “Samantha Cristoforetti tours the ISS for the last time (11.06.2015)” Astro Enzo 11.06.2016


Performance will be in ENG language with Lithuanian subtitles

Duration: 90 min.

 Location: Culture Factory (Bangų str. 5A)




“Lighter Than Woman“ is a poetical-documentary performance about overcoming the gravity of life in direct and indirect meaning. Norman observes Italy's only female astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti as a person who has overcome gravity literally by becoming weightless in outer space. In parallel Norman looks at Ukrainian migrant labourers who live in Italy and who have become caregivers for Italian elders and who carry their burden of final years and experience the heaviness literally by lifting them. Nevertheless, these women don’t crumble under the weight of others' lives. On the contrary, they – even without outer space – can overcome gravity. How it is possible and what role work plays in the happiness of human life are the questions examined in Norman’s piece, where documental research, poetical parallels and gravity defying gaze to the difficulties of human life are combined.


Trained as an artist, Kristina Norman is active both in the field of contemporary art and documentary filmmaking. When addressing issues of collective memory and forgetting, and the memorial uses of public space, she often searches for ways to physically and symbolically intervene in the environments in focus. While many of her art projects are presented in the form of video installations, site-specificity and performativity are of great importance in these works. She represented Estonia at Venice Biennale in 2009. Some of Norman’s more recent works are dedicated to the issues of migration, focusing on the aspects of memory and public representation.



Photo: Epp Kubu, Erik Norkroos


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