Shot on location in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, North Horizon combines contemporary dance with the spectacular natural vistas of the high Arctic.

In a a silent world of wind, waves and ice, abandoned villages stand at the edge of the northern ocean, home now only to forgotten dreams and the wordless tales of the unknown departed.

We touch, are touched, leave, and leave our mark – whether a footprint in gravel or the rusting bones of a faraway homeland, to remain for moments or for millennia under the cold and arid sky.

North Horizon explores these images through the enormous contrasts of scale between the moving human body and the seemingly still, boundless Arctic landscape – a unique artistic and environmental journey from the far edge of the world.

Choreography, dance and video:

Thomas Freundlich and Valtteri Raekallio

Filmed on location in Nordenskiöld Land, Svalbard

Music by Sputnikburg

Realized with support from

Kulturkontakt Nord and the Arts Council of Finland

Release date:

January 2010


14 minutes

(Early 2010 festival cut with episode titles: 22 min)

Formats available for screening:

High Definition video file (HD1080p/720p)


Standard Definition DVD (16:9 PAL)


a dance film by

Thomas Freundlich & Valtteri Raekallio

© 2010–2017 Freundlich & Raekallio

All rights reserved

Festival screenings

Dance film evening

Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College, Keene, NH, USA

March 3rd, 2017

Kedja 2014

Mariehamn, Åland

August 8th, 2014

DATRYS screening tour

7 venues across Wales, UK

July 1st -September 30th, 2014

American Dance Festival Screendance Anthology series

Gund Gallery

Gambier, Ohio, USA

March 22nd, 2014

Dance on Camera

Lincoln Center, NYC, USA

February 3rd, 2013

Karhusaari Theatre Festival

Helsinki, Finland

August 23rd, 2012

Tanssivirtaa Tampereella contemporary dance festival

Tampere, Finland

April 19th and 22nd, 2012

Kinodance International Dance Film Festival

St. Petersburg, Russia

November 26th, 2011

Athens Video Dance Project

Athens, Greece

October 28th to 30th, 2011

Antitube presents “Voir danser”

Musée de la civilisation

Québec city, Canada

April 2nd, 2011

Dance and Media Japan Video Showcase

Kyoto, Japan

December 5th, 2010

Quinzena de Dança de Almada – Contemporary Dance Festival

Almada, Portugal

September 11th to 18th, 2010

MIRfestival 2010

Athens, Greece

September 11th & 14th, 2010

Sans Souci Festival of
Dance Cinema

Boulder, Colorado, USA
September 10th & 11th, 2010

Dança em Foco

Rio de Janeiro & São Paulo, Brazil

August & September 2010

Bangkok Indiefest
Bangkok, Thailand

August 6th to 8th, 2010

Full Moon Dance Festival

Pyhäjärvi, Finland

July 27th to 31st, 2010

Gimli Film Festival

Gimli, Manitoba, Canada

July 21st to 25th, 2010

American Dance Festival - Dancing for the Camera

Durham, NC, USA

June 23rd, 26th and 27th, 2010

Dance Camera West

Los Angeles, CA, USA

June 13, 2010

Il Coreografo Elettronico

Naples, Italy

May 14th to 15th, 2010

Ecozine International Film and Environment Festival

Zaragoza, Spain

May 14th to 23rd, 2010

DMJ International Video Dance Festival

Tokyo, Japan

May 1st, 2010

Tanssivirtaa Tampereella

Tampere, Finland

April 21st and 22nd, 2010

Loikka 2010

Helsinki, Finland

March 27th, 2010