RADIO LUFTBALLETT met LARS SCHMIDT and his NATURAL CIRCUS on the train from Bergen to Oslo.
Lars might be described as a sort of modern day drop out.
He is a nature lover. Some say he is a poet.
He grew up in a small village, spending most of his time outside.
Since then he has been wearing many hats.
He has worked as ice-cream vendor, truck driver, actor for film and television, dancer, as gardener and landscaper, theater director, filmmaker and shepherds help, doorman and photographer...
International conferences with academics and politicians, club or contemporary art scenes, life on organic farms, collaborations with movie stars, or times at the military are parts of his pathway.
He has lived in luxury villas, run down squats, expensive hotels, and a couple of vans, and knows the life of mountain shepherds as well as the bustling of metropoles like New York, Paris, Buenos Aires or Berlin.
In short: He has made the round enough to experience the absurdity of modern civilized life and at some point he had to leave.
He would like to give 'mountains and rivers' a voice.
First and foremost for their own sake.
But he says that he thinks, that the most important thing that can be learned in these times, can be learned from mountains and rivers.
Photocredit: Randi Brecke