Kari Gravklev

Also known asKari Gravklev Melsom
FunctionsStage designer
NationalityNorwegian
GenderFemale

About Kari Gravklev

Kari Gravklev is a Norwegian stage designer.

Kari Gravklev started her career at Hålogaland Theatre, where she was steadily employed from 1973 to 1979. Among the productions for which she was responsible for the stage design, was Det e hær æ høre tel* (This is where I belong) in 1973.

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.

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Kari Gravklev has had assignments with nearly all the Norwegian theatre institutions, but she has also been working for independent companies such as The Theatre of Cruelty, and for movies and TV, plus the opening ceremony of the Lillehammer Olympics.

Among the productions for which she has created the visual expression are Six Characters in Search of an Author and Black Battles with Dogs, both at The National Theatre in 2007, The Seagull at The Norwegian Theatre (2003) and Vinterforvaring* (Winter Storage) at The National Theatre's Amfiscene (the Amphi Stage) in 2003, The Slope at The Norwegian Theatre in 2004, Andromache at The Norwegian Theatre in 2009, and Mourning Becomes Electra at The Norwegian Theatre in 2012, the latter with video by Boya Bøckman incorporated into the stage design.

Kari Gravklev was nominated for The Hedda Award 1999 in best visual design category for her stage design for No Exit, produced by The Norwegian Theatre in 1999.

Kari Gravklev was nominated for The Hedda Award 2000 in best visual design category for her stage design for Not about Nightingales, produced by The Norwegian Theatre in 2000.

In 2003 she won The Hedda Award 2003 in the category of best visual design for the stage design for The Song of the Say-Sayer at The Norwegian Theatre.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"This year's Hedda Award for best stage design goes to a versatile artist, working as naturally with the classic and the modern drama. The award winner's style is characterised by an analytic approach to the material, and a brave, varied stage design expression.

Last season the award winner created a stage design with a metaphoric visual expression, making it into a modern and complex narrative. The stage design was simple, took part in the creation, it was ambiguous and beautiful. We could also see an architectonical unity made up by the auditorium and the stage. The best stage design award this year goes to one of our leading stage designers. She continuously celebrates triumphs, nationally as well as internationally.

Kari Gravklev!!"

Kari Gravklev was also nominated for The Hedda Award 2007 in the best visual design category for the stage design and costumes for Twins at The Norwegian Theatre and The Hedda Award 2008 in the same category for the stage design for I Am the Wind at The National Theatre.

Sources:

The National Theatre

The Norwegian Theatre

Hålogaland Theatre

Sceneweb on The Hedda Award 2003, www.sceneweb.no, 24.10.2012, http://www.sceneweb.no/en/awarding/23886/The_Hedda_Award_2003-2003

Sceneweb on The Hedda Award 2000, www.sceneweb.no, 12.11.2012, http://www.sceneweb.no/en/awarding/23919/Heddaprisen_2000-2000

Sceneweb on The Hedda Award 1999, www.sceneweb.no, 14.11.2012, http://www.sceneweb.no/en/awarding/11521/The_Hedda_Award_1999-1999

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