This past week has been one of the most challenging and nerve racking writing endeavours that I’ve ever experienced, but it has also been exciting and massively enlightening.
I’m now in the process of doing the final shaping of the several new poems that I’ve written (along with the older ones), and will then move onto the next step of scripting the performance and knuckling down to memorize each and every poem.
When I write a poem, there is often years of research behind it, but I needed to investigate new areas for this show, for example the Finns affinity with the bear.
The small explorations that I’ve made over the past few weeks have made it clear that I’ve really only just scratched the surface when it comes to writing about the Nordic north, there is so much that I need and want to learn.
There were many areas that I wanted to cover with this show, such as the relationship that the Sami people have with the Aurora Borealis. But it quickly became clear that I would need to explore this subject – and others – in a different project, because of the time restrictions that I have set for the creation of this performance. (It will be ready to be performed in March 2016).
Much of my writing over the past several years has been focused on the Inuit people of Greenland and Arctic Canada, as well as the folklore of Norway that many of us are familiar with. Now I’m wanting to delve deep into the lives of the Sami of Sweden and Norway, and absorb myself in their ways, as I have done with the Inuit. I also want to develop my knowledge about the lesser known Swedish and Finnish folkloric tales and culture, as my knowledge there isn’t nearly as substantial as I’d like.
So, all in all, In The Northern Darkness is progressing steadily, and I’m feeling pretty darn proud of myself.
P.S. I’m making a promo video soon, so keep an eye out for that.