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The Northman 2021

Direction Robert Eggers 

Cinematography: Jarin Blaschke 

Choreography: Marie-Gabrielle Rotie 

From visionary director Robert Eggers comes The Northman, an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father’s murder. With an all-star cast that includes Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe.

Rotie worked on the movement for the berserkers, for Alexander Skarsgard, for Anya Taylor Joy in a circle dance in the woods, and with Willem Dafoe as the court fool with the mummers. The choreography drew upon research into Viking history and images, and pagan dance traces such as found in Morris and mummer dancers.  As there is no actual record remaining of any viking or berserker dance, Rotie worked with Robert Eggers to craft movement that issued from Butoh and drew upon human and animal transformation to evoke rage, strength and bestiality. 

Articles mentioning the Choreography for The Northman

all images: Aidan Monaghan 

The Northman official site Focus Features 

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