The Norns: Our Woven Stories
April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nordic root performing artist and Staff Carrier Kari Tauring will perform a special concert in honor of:
The Spring Invitational Exhibit 2017
Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Spirit Room in Fargo, ND.
Kari first performed at the Spirit Room in 2009 with the Danish band Krauka and Mandan-Hidatsa storyteller and musician Keith Bear and several times since then. She is a frequent guest at the Viking and Scandinavian Festival. In this solo performance, Kari will help us unravel the complexity of the Norns with stories, songs, and staff rhythm. She uses a digital delay to layer vocals and other sounds in the moment. Drawing on decades of scholarship and performance experience, she hangs breath and sound off of Eddaic poetry and riffs new meaning for these ancient verses. Then she caps it off with sound blasts from a cow’s horn!
She created a version of the Voluspa Edda that introduces the Norns available on her recording Svart.
In the ancient Nordic mind-set, the past is seen as an active and accessible source of creativity. Urd, the first Norn, means IS. There was no future tense, only historical precedence and the moment of becoming. Verdandi, the second Norn, means BECOMING. The future is represented by Skuld whose name means SHOULD, also the root of the words “debt” and “shame.” This third Norn, is the first Valkyrie!
More on the Norns
Based in Minneapolis, Kari Tauring expresses the fullness of her Nordic öorlog through voice, staff rhythm, and Nordic body alignment. From ancient poetry and runes to medieval ballads to folk songs and dances. She is a member of the Scandinavian folk music and dance community and originator of Volva Stav and Nordic Root Dance. Kari travels frequently to Norway, Sweden, and Finland to deepen relationships and learn from relatives and friends, teach, and perform. She teaches these Nordic principals through ceremony, performance, workshops, and private consultation.