OSLO, Norway, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The International Ibsen Festival in Oslo is the original and has
inspired Ibsen Festivals around the world from Tokyo to Delhi to
Minnesota. This festival hosts the world's biggest theatre award and
stages a very different version of An Enemy of the People.
An Enemy of the People could not be more relevant. A play about an
individual who stands against his own people, Rimini Protokoll turns it
into a study of the city today asking: Do you agree that in matters of
right and wrong the individual should take precedence over the
multitude? Is "the strongest man in the world (...) the man who stands
The Ibsen Festival has become an influential voice in world theatre and
is not scared of controversy. Ibsen was a controversial playwright who
changed theatre in Europe dramatically. The festival reflects this by
showcasing truly original versions of Ibsen's own plays and
performances by influential international playwrights and directors.
The International Ibsen Award is the world's biggest theatre award. This
year, the award goes to German composer and director Heiner Goebbels.
Two guest performances by Goebbels, Eraritjaritjaka and Stifters Dinge are included in the festival programme and the award ceremony and
reception take place Saturday 8th September.
It is extraordinary that a little country in the far north has produced
such worldclass playwrights; Ibsen is one of the wold's most famous
playwrights, contemporary Jon Fosse is being performed all over the
world and now Arne Lygre is set to follow in Fosse's footsteps. Arne
Lygre's I disappear will be performed during the festival.
The International Ibsen Festival is hosted by the National Theatre in
Oslo 23rd August-9th September 2012.
Notes to editors:
Ibsen was born in Norway in 1828
Some of his most famous plays are A Doll's House, Ghosts, Peer Gynt and Hedda Gabler
Ibsen has been translated into 78 languages and performed in countries
all over the world for over 100 years
Ibsen influenced European writers such as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar
Wilde and James Joyce
Many consider Ibsen the greatest playwright since Shakespeare
Ibsen spent much of his life in Germany and Italy
Festival press passes and invites to the award ceremony for the
International Ibsen Award are available. For more information, please
visit nationaltheatret.no and http://www.internationalibsenaward.com or contact publicity manager Stine Strachan on firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE National Theatret
For further information:
Stine Strachan, (+47)95-91-17-99