Uår av Terje Vigen confronts us with how we deal with hunger, disease and catastrophe – matters which we often like to think are distant from us.
The inspiration comes from Henrik Ibsen’s much-loved epic poem Terje Vigen (1861), with its story of famine set during the Napoleonic Wars when corn became scarce due to the Continental Blockade. In Ibsen’s poem, Terje Vigen rows from Norway to Denmark in search of food for his family, and Ibsen recounts the many tragedies he meets on his way. Uår av Terje Vigen, driven by the imagination of director Lisa Lie, transforms Ibsen’s poem into an original and inventive stage work in which human decay and the struggle to survive are depicted within an endless universe on the brink of a total apocalypse.
The work presents us with a character who may be Terje Vigen, a lobster and a sea witch. On the remote island of Nøgne Ø it is not clear whether the war is over, whether the world has collapsed or whether it is about to do so. Plagued by famine and disease, humans have started to behave like animals. This is a story of survival – both mental and physical – in which desperate people are fighting not only one another but also nature itself.
What happens to humans living with self-inflicted catastrophes? During the Second World War, the housewife’s magazine URD asked: Can we eat moss? We ask: Can we eat oil, and can this wash away the taste of bark bread and human flesh? (Lisa Lie)
Concept and directing: Lisa Lie
Schenography: Maja Nilsen
Co-creating actors: Martin Lervik, Kenneth Homstad and Lisa Lie
Light design: Steffen Telstad
Sound design: Mikael Gullikstad
A collaborative project between Trøndelag theatre and Nordland Teater. Co-produced by Lisa Lie/PONR