Maya Mi Samuelsen: “Feel the fear and do it anyway”

photo: Eivind Hansen

Ahead of the upcoming work in progress sharing of Moving Barents 2020 – Out Of Urgency in TaikaBox’ studio on Pikisaari, Oulu, we are publishing interviews and monologues of the dance artists in Barents.

We spoke on the topics, that inspire them to dance within “Moving Barents” project: fighting climate change, pollution, refugee crisis, sexism, racism, depression, abandonment, isolation, Corona lockdowns and violations of human rights and basically freedom.


Please, meet Maya Mi Samuelsen, 30, Karlsøy troms Norway


– I started dancing on my own very early, maybe when I was 1 or 2 years old. To my little self that just started dancing I would say: “You can do it, when one door is closed many more are open”. And one most important thing: “Feel the fear and do it anyway!”


Throughout my life I have come to the conclusion that the worst thing in the world is capitalism. And the best is nature.


My favourite place in the Barents region is Karlsøya. Karlsøya’s wild life and nature are being affected by many fish farms and one huge windmill park. The fish farms are killing the life in the sea and destroying the beautiful view of the nature, and the windmill park is killing birds, especially eagles. They are taking up a lot of nature!

photo: Pia De Mally


Corona taught us to take better care of one and other and to appreciate each other. It is also teaching us the value of human contact and particularly physical contact. Yet the artists have learnt that we were travelling too much and many things can be done digitally.

photo: Jan-Morten Bjørnbakk


I feel free when I face my fears, I am happy when I can be myself.
Accepting others, myself and the fact that we are different brings in freedom and happiness through mutual respect.

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