Robert Wilson made history when he staged Peer Gynt the last time he visited Norway. The famous director has now returned, and has been given the task of applying his signature touch to Norse mythology.
TEXTS BASED ON A VERSION BY JON FOSSE
DIRECTOR: ROBERT WILSON
WORLD PREMIERE SATURDAY MARCH 4 AT 6 PM
HOVUDSCENEN, DET NORSKE TEATRET/THE NORWEGIAN THEATRE
12 years after Robert Wilson, a living legend in the the world of theatre, toured Oslo, Bergen and even New York with his fascinating and unconventional theatrical interpretation of Peer Gynt, the play is still fresh on people's minds. The director has now returned to apply his signature touch to a mythical universe that perhaps is fading into obscurity in the modern day and age - the old Norse mythology.
Edda is a stage play based on excerpts from Jon Fosse's rendering of the mythical verses that were recorded in Iceland in the 13th century. In the hands of Robert Wilson, grand tableaus and extravagant costumes, make-up and music play a central part. This performance utilizes the unique capabilities of the theatre to the fullest. Robert Wilson is known for his stylized and concentrated theatrical works of art, where light, scenography and music are key elements of the total experience. He works with the actors in an almost sculptural fashion, arranging them into a composition in which the details are as crucial as the overall scenography.
A MONUMENTAL EFFORT
Edda was an extraordinarily challenging project for the creative staff at the theatre, who have stretched themselves beyond what they thought possible. As a result, the mythological universe of Edda will most likely be completely different from anything we are familiar with from traditional productions. The costumes are composed of sequins, leather, dyed python skins, crocodile skin and foam; and the scenic design ranges from the Gokstadskipet viking ship to volcanoes, the world tree Yggdrasil, icebergs, the Fenrir wolf and the gargantuan Midgard Serpent.The Indie group CocoRosie, a duo experimenting in the crossroads where art, music and performance meet, has composed music specially for the play. As a contrast, the play also incorporates music by contemporary composer Arvo Pärt, known for his more minimalist soundscapes. The visual references in this play are plentiful, and Det Norske Teatret is proud to present a unique theatrical experience.
Edda is produced in collaboration with Unlimited Performing Arts, and is co-produced by Aarhus Teater. The play visits Det Norske Teatret in the autumn of 2017 in connection with Aarhus' status as the European culturural capital in 2017.
Det Norske Teatret (The Norwegian Theatre) is Norway's main theatre for reflection, entertainment and memorable experiences. The theatre is located in central Oslo, in a modern theatre building from 1985. It has three regular stages and more than 220,000 annual visitors.