Photo Credit: Lise Jeanette Nilsen
Photo Credit: Festspillene Helgeland
Photo Credit: Festspillene Helgeland


A ballet with 2 excavators, 2 mini-excavators, 1 boom lift, 2 scissor lifts, 1 sinfonietta orchestra of 29 musicians, 1 dancer, and a city center.

A production by Festspillene Helgeland, producer: Carl Ninian Wika
Choreographed by Ada Einmo J, music played live by Helgeland Sinfonietta conducted by Nicholas Carthy



A production by Festspillene Helgeland

Producer: Carl Ninian Wika
Idea, script, choreographic direction: Ada Einmo J
Co-creators and performers
Dancer: Emilie Lawrence Hagen
Machine drivers/dancers: Thea Wika, Emil Wika, Sten Turmo, Frode Forsmo
Lift drivers: Alexander Bjerkli & Kai Ståle Frykberg
Musicians: Helgeland Sinfonietta Conducted by Nick Carter
Solo violinist in scissor lift: Elisabeth Turmo
Music from “Swanlake” by Tchaikovsky
Sound: Møller Musikk, Pelle Trøstholm
Stage: Trondheim Lyd v/Rainer Mehus
Special Thanks to the Innovative sponsors and partners:
Machine Company Trond Tverå: Excavators and 2 drivers
Entrepreneur Sten Turmo: Mining excavators and 2 drivers
Lift company: Cramo: Boom lift, scissor lifts and safety fences
Entrepreneur ELMAR: 2 lift drivers

Press Article by Helgelendingen (NO)
The Helgeland Festival Appendix 2022
Festspillene Helgeland 2022
Press Article by Helgelendingen (NO)


After Covid-19 hindered them from organising the festival Festspillene på Helgeland for two years, they sought a spectacular opening.

The Motive for the Festival 2022 was Bevegelse = Movement. Meaning everything moves and after the pandemic, we all start to move again after being “on pause” and on hold for pandemic increase or decrease for so long. The idea was born, the idea of man and machinery working together, having a meeting point in the delicate Swan Lake ballet, the contrasts of the soft and the strong merging together and inspire for new ways of moving and lifting each other.


Spectacular opening! Success for the dancing excavators! Exceeds all expectations!

Unique opening of the festivities – see when the excavators take the ballet stage in the square in Mosjøen

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