Arnaqat - du verden... for et liv* (Arnaqat - oh, world...what a life) (1992) was a theatre production by Sampo Teater. Arnaqat is an Inuit word meaning "Hi, you, my sister, you, woman like me". The fascination for the diversity of woman, her strength and the paradoxes of her nature was the driving force behind producing Arnaqat.

In Arnaqat by Sampo Teater 12 female characters in different life stages and ages were presented; a small child, a teenager, a bride, a wife, a mother, the right hand of the boss, the urban woman, the native born woman, the prostitute, the grandmother and the mythological character of The Mother of the Ocean – a central character in Inuit mythology.

Anitta Suikkari made her directorial debut with the production Arnaqat.

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.


(Objekt ID 26380)
Object type Production
Premiere September 13, 1992
Produced by Sampo Teater
Based on Aria by Tomson Highway
Expressions Theatre, Solo
Running period September 13, 1992  

Requirements to venue

Blackout Yes

Arnaqat by Sampo Teater was also performed in the cultural centres of Harstad and Kautokeino in 1992. In 1993 the production was performed in Greenland.


Sampo Teater's private archive. Donated by Anitta Suikkari, 15.05.2009.

Name Role
Tomson Highway – Playwright
Svenn Bernhard Syrin – Translation
Anitta Suikkari – Direction
Odd Arvid Eilertsen – Music
Hilde Hauan Johnsen – Stage design
Hilde Hauan Johnsen – Costume
Inge Kolsvik – Sound design
Niels Aage Windberg Jensen – Lighting design
Makka Kleist – Performer
Performance dates
September 20, 1992Provisoriet – Show
September 19, 1992Provisoriet – Show
September 18, 1992Provisoriet – Show
September 17, 1992Provisoriet – Show
September 16, 1992Provisoriet – Show
September 15, 1992Provisoriet – Show
September 13, 1992 20:00 – Provisoriet – Worldwide premiere
Press coverage

Ellen Pollestad (16.09.1992). Review called KVINNELIV - med poesi og humor (literally: Female life - with poetry and humour). Nordlys (Tromsø), page 18:
"In Arnaqat Makka Kleist gives us an hour of fascinating art of acting. She has a thousand faces and the language of the dancer - and she brings us along on a diverse journey through female life.

Many aspects - different life stages. Female life for better and worse. It is fine and poetic. Strong and great. It is humorous and lusciously understated. Bitter and wise from experience. Hi sister, Makka Kleist greets. With a coquettish smile. And we greet her back in recognition. Often with the mouth shaped in a smile."