Choreographer Ingun Bjørnsgaard has loosely based her work Sjøen (The Sea) on Henrik Ibsen´s world famous Fruen fra havet (The Lady from the Sea (1888)). Ibsen´s text revolves around the theme of one of the first modern women “ a woman who in the crossfire between conventions and a burgeoning independence is ensnared by drives that are simultaneously dangerous, repulsive and alluring. There are basic themes here, which also characterize Bjørnsgaard´s expression: boredom, yearning, the need to disappear, obscenity and superficial anxiety. In terms of genre, points of intersection between the universes of Ibsen and Bjørnsgaard can also be found: indiscernible transitions between tragedy and comedy, and an extensive use of mirror- and shadow formations as compositional parameters.
In Sjøen the subjective yearning for freedom is implemented in a current context: a time in which the self is perceived as a stream of many possible identities. What type of freedom is possible in a world where ambivalence reigns and self-contempt resides next door to selfaggrandization?
Bjørnsgaard´s characters often struggle with the sense of being both attractive and unworthy “ simultaneously“ and are therefore seemingly relinquished to a game with unclear rules of play.
In the works of Bjørnsgaard human beings appear most beautiful and most human when they fail.
Mattias Ekholm, HalldÃs Ã“lafsdÃ³ttir,
Erik Rulin, Lone Torvik and Ida Wigdel
Biosphere / Geir Jenssen
Original score: SchÃ¶nberg transformed
Music: Arnold SchÃ¶nberg Exerpts from FÃ¼nf OrchesterstÃ¼cke op.16 and Three piano pieces op. 11
Stage design, video and costumes
Kai Johnsen Dramatic adviser
Lillian Baur Costume assistant
Kirre Arneberg General manager
Duration: 60 minutes
Produced by Ingun BjÃ¸rnsgaard Prosjekt.
Supported by Arts Council Norway
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