A failed ballerina, now showgirl in Las Vegas is meeting her ex-boyfriend, colleague, ballet dance partner, and co defector from earlier Soviet Union, as a driver coincidentally is picking them up in Casablanca on the way to the oasis Arfoud, both invited by the same Moroccan sheikh.
The journey is confronting them with their past and enfolding their story as they are traveling further and further into the country.
A surreal juxtaposition of Swan Lake in the Desert is giving the backdrop of their broken relationship and consequence. The story of him leaving everything, giving her an alibi and a valid reason for “not reaching” her ballerina dreams is unfolding in the desert dunes.
A Berber woman is sent to help when their car suddenly is abandoned. She is helping them finding the way to the Sheikh’s Riad.
The theme in Casablanca 0811 revolves around love, freedom and virtue, and is engaging them both in a quest for a rediscovering of oneself.
Direction, Choreography, Editing and Productionn: Ella Fiskum
Performers: Ella Fiskum, Trond Peter Stamsø Munch, Houwaida Goulli, Sudesh Adhana
Photography: Audun Gjelsvik Magnæs
Music: Ronni le Tekrø and Ali Helnwein
Supported by Oppland Fylkeskommune, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere, Arts Council Norway.
Artistic Director Ella Fiskum uses her technical foundation in classical ballet and heightens it, drawing inspiration from visual art, cinematic nuance, dancetheater, cirque, and even synchronized swimming. Since founding her company Ella Fiskum Danz in 2000, she has broadened her creative work into the production of large-scale multidisciplinary spectacle, garnering critical acclaim for challenging site specific spaces. Her recent major stage work includes Triptych 0811, and Casablanca 0811 —the two first parts in The Triptych Trilogy—. Part one was honed during a two week residency which culminated in a showcase performance at the renowned Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in New York, and later performed together live with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Fiskum brings together the creative expertise of artists from disparate backgrounds and creates work often referred to as theatrical dreamscapes. Ella Fiskum relocated in 2012 to a farm outside Oslo with her husband and creative partner, Sudesh Adhana, for the purpose of starting R.E.D. Residency Eina Danz, an artist residency which they are running together.
*Untitled Star/Director/Editor/40 min/2002
*Moments on E/Director/Editor/7 min/2003
*Wings… of Clouds/Director/Cameraman/Editor/5 min/2004
*Eye 30/Director/Cameraman/Editor/5:27 min/2007
*Meeting in Space/Director/Editor/4 min/2009
*Mission Impossible/Concept/Performance/Director/Editor/10.55 min/2012
*Triptych 0811/Concept/Performance/Director/Editor/23.35 min/2012
*Mission Impossible2 —Red is White/Concept/Performance/Director/Editor/47 seg/2013
*Mission Impossible Casablanca?/Concept/Performance/Director/Editor/8.16 min/2014
*Casablanca 0811 —the road movie/Writer/Producer/Director/Editor/12.47 min/2014
Collaboration work (video):
*Murder in Dreamland/by filmmaker Anwaar Saab
*White/ by filmmaker Anwaar Saab
*Red/ by filmmaker Anwaar Saab