Maritea Dæhlin

Existing work ready for touring:

Originally a plant
«Originally I was a plant, as you. Then we grew. So different from each other. Still together. We don’t understand. Anything. No need for that. The understanding. Never in the way of being together. Next to each other.»

What do you see when you see me? Originally a plant weaves together various languages, spoken and unspoken. This is a reality for many of us, who continuously shift between languages, having to leave an open space for interpretation, lost words, ways of reading what is said or heard. This weave becomes a visual and sonic landscape, where some will be seen and some unseen, continuously appearing and disappearing, being understood and misunderstood. “When I see you, I see a group of people, like a herd, or like a football team, or like a continent, I see how you look away from me, all of you, and I hear our laughter, I feel how my stomach hurts, it cramps, hurting, because of our laughter, then I feel love, love for your people, and I look into your eyes, even you are looking away, and I say «I love you» But can you love me? I will not answer. As a plant.”


Maritea Dæhlin lives and works in Norway and Mexico. She is interested in human behaviours, emotions, rituals and encounters. Her work spans between theater, video performance and text and comes off as playful, non-linear and sometimes absurd. Her work has been shown at venues such as Black Box teater, MUNCH (Oslo), Kilden (Kristiansand), RAS (Sandnes), SPILL (Ipswich), Center for Performance Research (New York), Centro Cultural España (Mexico City), and San Agustin Arts Centre (Oaxaca) et al.