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Skien International Ibsen Conference 2013

Theatre between literature and research: What are the relations between documentary and fiction? Two guest performances, speakers and debates will address the issue during Skien International Ibsen Conference 2013 September 18th and 19th at Teater Ibsen in Skien, Norway.

Announcing Ibsen Scholarships 2013

Scholarship funds amount to NOK 1,000,000,- (approx. 135.000 Euro/180.000 US Dollars) will be awarded projects worldwide. The Ibsen Scholarships award innovative projects in the field of drama and performing arts that act as incentives for critical discourse in regards to existential and society-related subject matters concerning Henrik Ibsen and his plays. Scholarships are applicable to individuals, organizations or institutions within the artistic and cultural community.

Welcome to our new web pages

The National Library’s Ibsen portal has since the launch in 2002 had 4,2 million visitors, 22 million hits and users in 204 countries. Now the website has been put into the casting ladle, to be resurrected in a new and improved wrapping under the domain name Ibsen.nb.no.

Hedda and Nora Win Again, While Peer Rides Norway. Ibsen on the World’s Stages in 2012

What kind of Ibsen year was 2012? Every year, Henrik Ibsen is one of the world’s most performed dramatists. In the course of last year, 167 premieres of his plays were registered, and all six continents are represented in Ibsen.net’s survey. USA, Norway and Germany are the leading Ibsen nations, with respectively 32, 23 and 20 premieres in the past year. The ultimate winner in the world’s theatres was the continuously fascinating Hedda Tesman.

Delhi Ibsen Festival 2012 in full swing

The Delhi Ibsen festival, presented by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and The Dramatic Art and Design Academy, is again staged in New Delhi. Between 1 and 7 December 2012 one can see seven different productions from Uzbekistan, Pakistan, India and Norway. Entering its 5th year, The Delhi Ibsen festival still initiatives innovation through performance and international collaboration.
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Peer Gynt at Gålåvatnet (Gålå Lake): Five Acts of Charming Egotism

When the busdriver calls the production phenomenal and assures us that we have something to look forward to as he drives us across the mountain on Peer Gynt Road, we have high expectations concerning this year´s Peer Gynt at Gålåvatnet. And what an evening it turned out to be in Happy Country: the sun shining from a clear blue sky spread a glow of self-satisfaction and good mood over this summer evening. The natural amphitheatre which accommodates an audience of about two thousand was full to the brim and it turned out to be a special experience, with Ibsen´s imaginative versification, encounters with incredible characters, and the landscape´s natural magnificence. But is, as Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson suggested in 1867, "Five Acts of Egotism" a bit on the long side?

The 13th International Ibsen Conference

The 13th International Ibsen Conference will take place in Tromsø 18 - 23 June. The conference is being arranged by the University of Tromsø in co-operation with The International Ibsen Committee and Centre for Ibsen Studies. It is held in Tromsø at the northernmost university in the world on 69,65 degrees North for the very first time in the 47 years old history of the conference. Previous conferences have been held in Shanghai, Oslo, New York, Bergen, Gossensass, Grimstad, Yale, Munich, Skien, and Cambridge. The theme of the conference will be Ibsen and World Drama(s).
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The 2012 Ibsen Festival – the whole population in the theatre!

As usual here at Nationaltheatret we aim sky high, plumb the depths, and embrace with wide open arms, said Artistic Director Hanne Tømta when she launched the program for this autumn’s Ibsen Festival. The Festival dates are from 23 August to 9 September and the program includes four Nationaltheatret productions, one co-production, six guest productions, one photography exhibition and one award ceremony. The overall theme is the individual and society, or ‘I and the others’. With one exception, the guest productions come from Europe. Nationaltheatret’s Contemporary Festival has been closed, but is resurrected as an integrated part of the Ibsen Festival with productions by the two contemporary playwrights Arne Lygre and Fredrik Brattberg.

The Rose Theatre

Daddy’s New Lady Friend Is so Funny. The Lady from the Sea at Rose Theatre, Kingston

A stepmother who cannot communicate with her husband’s children. A new family constellation in which there is a little too much drinking. A daughter who is taken for granted but who is given a new chance. An amateur who takes himself too seriously rather than being industrious. And the longing for something bigger and more intense beyond domestic life.
How can the production of The Lady from the Sea at The Rose Theatre Kingston, be characterised by gestures, ankle length dresses and watch chains, when the story sounds so disturbingly familiar, 124 years after it was written? Stephen Unwin has once more adapted Ibsen for the British stage, but in The Lady from the Sea it is Ibsen who is responsible for the current relevance.

Heiner Goebbels. Foto: Bernhard Ludewig

Heiner Goebbels Wins The International Ibsen Award

The winner of the International Ibsen Award 2012 was announced at the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin on 20 March, Ibsen’s birthday. This year’s award goes to Heiner Goebbels. The jury says: "Heiner Goebbels — creator of works for theatre, theatre director, composer, musician, teacher and festival programmer — is one of the great creative personalities of today. He is responsible for an astounding body of work in disparate disciplines and has exerted a profound influence on theatre practitioners and musicians. His theatrical work extends from a large scale work for the opera house to an installation for theatre without actors."

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The Ibsen Scholarships 2012

The Ibsen Scholarships award innovative projects in the field of drama and performing arts and projects that act as incentives for critical discourse in regards to existential and society-related subject matters concerning Henrik Ibsen and his plays. Scholarship funds amount to 1,000,000 NOK (approx. 130.000 Euro/170.000 US Dollars) will be awarded projects worldwide. Scholarships are applicable to individuals, organizations or institutions within the artistic and cultural community.