Vildanden + En folkefiende – Enemy of the Duck (NO)

Truth at all costs?

By Henrik Ibsen. Adapted by Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson og Mikael Torfason. (Illustration: Sunneva Àsa Weisshappel/Photo: Øyvind Eide)

By Henrik Ibsen. Adapted by Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson og Mikael Torfason. (Illustration: Sunneva Àsa Weisshappel/Photo: Øyvind Eide)


Nationaltheatret, Hovedscenen

The performance will have English surtitles.
Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes (with intermission).

Contrasting, intense and aesthetic Ibsen montage.

Tomas Stockmann has realized that a local prestige project, where his brother Peter is on the board, constitutes a threat to society. He decides to go public, Peter tries to stop him. But Tomas has the truth on his side. And the support of the majority. He thinks.

In another Ibsen universe, Gregers Werle discovers a secret about his friend Hjalmar Ekdal's family – a secret involving Gregers's father, the wholesale dealer. The truth will result in disaster for the little family, if it comes out.

What happens if you combine these two universes? Icelandic director Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson, who has a degree from Berlin, has dreamed of bringing together Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People and The Wild Duck for a long time. With a critical view, he debates power-hungry white men from the middle class, who have neither the capability to see themselves from another perspective, nor the capability to compromise.

The result is an expressive and psychologically laden production, where Gregers Werle and Tomas Stockmann are portrayed as the same man. Wholesale dealer Werle and Peter Stockmann are also melted into one character, Gregers’s brother Peter Werle. Peter can lose everything if both secrets are revealed, while Gregers is willing to sacrifice everything in the name of the truth. The result is an Ibsenian Cain and Abel story.

This time events unroll 130 years later, in present day Norway. The topic is no longer toxic waters, but oil rigs belonging to Northern Oil & Gas, where Peter is the CEO. Vildanden + En folkefiende – Enemy of the Duck has an original score, and is a contrasting, intense and aesthetic Ibsen montage posing the question: Is the truth always the right path?

Ibsen show with burlesque humor, provocative fantasy and truth rush that stings.
— VG
Magical surrealism.
— Dagbladet
A whopping party (...) It’s so clever that it hurts.
— Aftenposten
Entertaining, harrowing and poignant sad.
— Dagsavisen

Festival performances:
8. SEPTEMBER 19:30
9. SEPTEMBER 19:30
10. SEPTEMBER 18:00
12. SEPTEMBER 19:30
13. SEPTEMBER 19:30
14. SEPTEMBER 19:30
15. SEPTEMBER 13:00

Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson

Arnarsson has a degree in acting from Iceland, before he studied direction at the Ernst Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. Arnarsson works mainly in Germany and on Iceland. He has won several awards for his productions, one of them for Peer Gynt, which he staged at the Luzerner Theatre in 2010.

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson
Set designer:
Vytautas Narbutas Costume designer and Choreographer: Sunneva Àsa Weisshappel Composer: Bjarni Frimann Light Designer: Agnethe Tellefsen
Make-up: Ruth Haraldsdottir Norvik Dramaturg: Hege Randi Tørressen

Mads Ousdal, Eindride Eidsvold, Nader Khademi, Kai Remlov, Andrea Bræin Hovig, Kjersti Tveterås, Frøydis Armand, Lasse Lindtner, Anders Mordal og Terje Strømdahl.

Elisabeth Buer Vase, Emily Natalie Su, Ida Eline Wøien, Tuva Holen og Louise Tofte Røiri.

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