The Hedda Award 2011

Special artistic achievement

The criteria are open. This category may cover text, sound design et cetera.

Nominations

  • Visjoner Teater

    VISJONER TEATER represented by Juni Dahr

    "Juni Dahr established the foundation Visjoner Teater March 8 1988. The foundation aims to be 'an open artistic workshop, in which different artists can develop interaction and new expressions'. Visjoner Teater creates flexible productions for non-traditional venues, such as barns (Growth of Soil), flats (A Doll's House), hotel rooms (The Malady of Death) to create a close relationship to the audience. In the productions of Visjoner Teater the text is central, something which is strongly expressed through the productions close to Ibsen, A Doll's House, opening in Wesselsgate 15 in Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk folkemuseum), for later to tour domestically and abroad, and Hedda Gabler, which was performed in the cabin of Sæterhytten at Bygdøy."

  • Oslo International Theatre

    OSLO INTERNATIONAL THEATRE

    "Oslo International Theatre regularly translates international contemporary drama formerly not performed in Norway, regularly presenting these plays as staged readings.

    Oslo International Theatre (OIT) is a collaboration project between Imploding Fictions and Teatersirkus, and it was started by Øystein Ulsberg Brager, Michael H. Sciarrone and Philip Thorne in 2009. Philip Thorne is the dramaturge of OIT, Michael Hallbäck Sciarrone and Teatersirkus are responsible for stage management and the management between readings, and Øystein Ulsberg Brager is the administrative and artistic director who also directs most of the readings.

    Readings in the season of 2010/2011: Black Beast by Anja Hilling (Germany), The Title of the Drama about Ante is Written here by Ivor Martinić (Croatia), Monsters by Niklas Rådström (Sweden), Porcelain by Chay Yew (Singapore), Nightblind by Darja Stocker (Switzerland), Medealand by Sara Stridsberg (Sweden), Headcase by Esther Gerritsen (The Netherlands). Up until January 2010 the readings took place in Vardeteatret in Oslo, but in 2011 they were moved to Dramatikkens Hus."

  • Bankerått

    THE ENSEMBLE OF BANKERÅTT* by Trine Wisbech and Petra Søe, directed by Petra Søe, Amfiscenen (The Amphi Stage), The National Theatre of Norway

    The actors were Eindride Eidsvold, Mattis Herman Nyquist, Erlend Samnøen, Kjersti Botn Sandal and Marika Enstad.

    *Bankerått is a deliberate misspelling of the Norwegian word bankerott, meaning bankrupt. The last syllable, rått, means raw or brutal.

  • Ti liv* (Ten lives)

    THE ENSEMBLE OF TI LIV* (TEN LIVES), script and direction by Kjetil Bang-Hansen, No. 3 in the production series Komilab* (Comedy Lab), The Torshov Theatre, The National Theatre of Norway

    The performers were Mariann Hole, Jan Gunnar Røise, Thorbjørn Harr, Anders Mordal and Ket Lødemel.

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

  • Pains of Youth

    THE ENSEMBLE OF PAINS OF YOUTH by Ferdinand Bruckner, translated by Marit Tusvik, directed by Peer Perez Øian, Scene 3 (Stage 3), The Norwegian Theatre

    The actors were Frank Kjosås, Marie Blokhus, Ane Dahl Torp, Morten Espeland, Ingeborg S. Raustøl, Sigurd Myhre and Kaia Varjord.

Winners

  • Oslo International Theatre

    "The selection of Norwegian performing arts has never been as rich and diverse as it is today. But a newcomer in the arena has, until now, gotten little attention. Totally undeserved, as the project not only has fine artistic qualities, it is also original and different. Purposefully and selectively the emphasis is on an area sometimes neglected on the Norwegian stage: Foreign contemporary drama. The project has presented a total of 12 texts by international playwrights. Not performances in the usual term of the word, but staged readings in which the director and the actors with simple measures have created performances worth seeing, while proving that text is still, today, an important condition for good theatre.

    The award for Special Artistic Achievement goes to Oslo International Theatre, represented by Øystein Ulsberg Brager."

  • Øystein Ulsberg Brager

    "The selection of Norwegian performing arts has never been as rich and diverse as it is today. But a newcomer in the arena has, until now, gotten little attention. Totally undeserved, as the project not only has fine artistic qualities, it is also original and different. Purposefully and selectively the emphasis is on an area sometimes neglected on the Norwegian stage: Foreign contemporary drama. The project has presented a total of 12 texts by international playwrights. Not performances in the usual term of the word, but staged readings in which the director and the actors with simple measures have created performances worth seeing, while proving that text is still, today, an important condition for good theatre.

    The award for Special Artistic Achievement goes to Oslo International Theatre, represented by Øystein Ulsberg Brager."

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    Best supporting actor

    Particularly excellent effort shall surpass other good performances through:

    *qualities of craft

    *artistic qualities

    *unpredictability

    Nominations

    • Anders Baasmo Christiansen

      ANDERS BAASMO CHRISTIANSEN for the role of James Tyrone Jr. in Long Day's Journey into Night, directed by Stein Winge, The Norwegian Touring Theatre:

      "Anders Baasmo Christiansen was born in 1976, and was accepted at The National Academy of Theatre, Oslo in 1997. In 2000 he started his career at Trøndelag Theatre where he as early as 2001 received the award of the theatre friend association, Teatrets Venners Kunstneriske pris, and the newspaper Adresseavisa's award for the breakthrough of the year for his interpretation of Mozart in Peter Shaffer's Amadeus. In 2002 he came to The Norwegian Theatre where he among many other parts played Christopher Mahon in The Playboy of the Western World.

      In 2003 he was the King in The Saint Olav Drama at Stiklestad. He is also a movie actor and in 2004 he was awarded Amanda as the actor of the year for his role in Buddy. He has won the TV award Gullruten as best actor twice, in 2007 for his role as Henrik Ibsen in Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation's An Immortal Man, and in 2010 for his role in TV2's series Dag. His interpretation of Hamlet at The Norwegian Touring Theatre in 2008 gave him the Hedda Award in the category of best leading actor."

    • Herman Bernhoft

      HERMAN BERNHOFT for the role of Osvald in Ghosts, directed by Uwe Cramer, Teatret Vårt (Our Theatre):

      "Herman Bernhoft was born in 1981, and in 2010 he finished his four year long education at The National Academy of Theatre, Oslo National Academy of the Arts. He made his debut the autumn of 2010 in Teatret Vårt (Our Theatre) in Hele Norges Bennus! (All of Norway's Bennus!) and the spring of 2011 he played Osvald in German Uwe Cramer’s interpretation of Ibsen's Ghosts.

      With Per Emil Grimstad who is also an actor at Teatret Vårt (Our Theatre), Herman Bernhoft applied for the position of head of the theatre. If the application was sent for the sake of a joke or for real is unknown. It did not win through."

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

    Winners

    • Ghosts

      "This year's winner completed his education the spring of 2010, and the same autumn he made his debut in a rampant comedy. Thus he can be said to belong to the category 'until now relatively unknown young actor'.

      The more exciting it is that he already has managed to provide a new and consistent interpretation of one of the most familiar characters of our classical repertoire, an original, physical interpretation clearly conveying why Ibsen chose to call his play Ghosts.

      In tight and fateful interaction with Vivi Sunde's Mrs. Alving in Teatret Vårt (Our Theatre) in Molde, the winner of the year has created a modern, hungry for life, temperamental and extrovert, but also desperate and condemned Osvald.

      The award for best supporting actor goes to Herman Bernhoft."

    • Herman Bernhoft

      "This year's winner completed his education the spring of 2010, and the same autumn he made his debut in a rampant comedy. Thus he can be said to belong to the category 'until now relatively unknown young actor'.

      The more exciting it is that he already has managed to provide a new and consistent interpretation of one of the most familiar characters of our classical repertoire, an original, physical interpretation clearly conveying why Ibsen chose to call his play Ghosts.

      In tight and fateful interaction with Vivi Sunde's Mrs. Alving in Teatret Vårt (Our Theatre) in Molde, the winner of the year has created a modern, hungry for life, temperamental and extrovert, but also desperate and condemned Osvald.

      The award for best supporting actor goes to Herman Bernhoft."

    Production of the year

    Production of the year is to surpass other productions through:

    *being of contemporary interest

    *format

    *context/event

    Nominations

    • Long Day's Journey into Night
    • Rabinowitz

      RABINOWITZ, Scenekraft in collaboration with Haugesund Teater, the venue Festiviteten in Haugesund, and The Norwegian Theatre:

      Text: Marius Leknes Snekkevåg

      Music: Halvor Lillesund/Vegard Fossum

      Directed by: Audny Chris Holsen

      Choreography: Sigrid Edvardsson

      Professional consultant: Arne Vestbø

      Stage design: Bjørn Tumyr

      Lighting design: Trygve Andersen

      Onstage: Sigurd Sele, Elsa Aanensen, Linn Løvvik, Knut Gjelle Angell, Nina Sele and Håkon Karoliussen, plus Dina Lande in the role of little Edith.

    • Det eviga leendet/The Eternal Smile

      DET EVIGA LEENDET/THE ETERNAL SMILE, Verk Produksjoner AKA Verk Productions in collaboration with Black Box Teater:

      Text: Pär Lagerkvist

      Dramaturgic input: Anders Paulin

      Directed by: Fredrik Hannestad

      Stage design: Signe Becker

      Lighting: Tilo Hahn

      Sound: Per Platou

      Onstage: Saila Hyttinen, Anders Mossling, Håkon Mathias Vassvik and Solveig Laland Mohn et al.

    • Next to Normal

      NEXT TO NORMAL, The Norwegian Theatre:

      Music: Tom Kitts

      Script and lyrics: Brian Yorkey

      Translation: Odd W. Suén.

      Processed by: Ola E. Bø in collaboration with the ensemble

      Directed by: Svein Sturla Hungnes

      Director's assistant: Marianne Skovli Aamodt

      Stage design: Even Børsum

      Costume: Unni Walstad

      Makeup: Nina Bloch

      Lighting: Ola Bråten

      Sound: Tore Gustavsen

      Musical responsibility: Atle Halstensen

      Conductor: Svenn Erik Kristoffersen

      Onstage: Heidi Gjermundsen Broch, Jon Bleiklie Devik, Frank Kjosås, Charlotte Frogner, Thomas Bye, Lasse Kolsrud

    • Faderen

      THE FATHER, The Torshov Theatre, The National Theatre:

      Text: August Strindberg

      Translated by: Per Qvale

      Processed and directed by: Victoria Meirik

      Stage design: Dagny Drage Kleiva

      Costumes: Ane Aasheim,

      Lighting: Ryan Bourne

      Choreographic assistance: Ingun Bjørnsgaard

      Makeup: Hege Ramstad

      Dramaturge: Kristian Lykkeslet Strømskag

      Onstage: Henrik Mestad, Andrine Sæther, Karine Dokken Halsebø, Anders Mordal, Tone Danielsen, Endre Hellestveit, Sigurd Myhre and Anne Krigsvoll.

    Winners

    • Verk Produksjoner

      "Based on an at home relatively unknown, but diverse story about the Human Being's relationship to the Great Questions of Life, the artists behind the production of the year have created a thought-provoking, mythical production about an original topic.

      This is an adaptation in which a witty text void of illusions is performed with intense involvement and sober distance, while unexpected theatrical effects continuously expand the metaphysical perspective. The result is a meaningful and witty philosophical fable, in which the artists continuously go in new directions, and have stage design, lighting and sound melting together in a challenging and exciting expression.

      The award goes to Verk Produksjoner AKA Verk Productions for DET EVIGA LEENDET/THE ETERNAL SMILE, after a story by Pär Lagerkvist."

    • Det eviga leendet/The Eternal Smile

      "Based on an at home relatively unknown, but diverse story about the Human Being's relationship to the Great Questions of Life, the artists behind the production of the year have created a thought-provoking, mythical production about an original topic.

      This is an adaptation in which a witty text void of illusions is performed with intense involvement and sober distance, while unexpected theatrical effects continuously expand the metaphysical perspective. The result is a meaningful and witty philosophical fable, in which the artists continuously go in new directions, and have stage design, lighting and sound melting together in a challenging and exciting expression.

      The award goes to Verk Produksjoner AKA Verk Productions for DET EVIGA LEENDET/THE ETERNAL SMILE, after a story by Pär Lagerkvist."

    Best leading actor

    Particularly excellent effort shall surpass other good performances through:

    *qualities of craft

    *artistic qualities

    *unpredictability

    Nominations

    • Jan Gunnar Røise

      JAN GUNNAR RØISE for the roles of Bastian in Mr. Kolpert, directed by Sofia Jupither, Joakim in Endelig skjer det noe* (Finally something happens), directed by Thomas Seeberg Torjussen, and for different roles in Ti liv* (Ten lives), directed by Kjetil Bang-Hansen, The National Theatre:

      "Jan Gunnar Røise was born in 1975, and graduated from The National Academy of Theatre, Oslo in 2000. The same year he started working for The National Theatre and during his time at the theatre he has been part of more than 20 productions. Among other things he has played Tommy in When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town (2001), Benjamin in Strindberg's Easter (2002), Cherubin in The Marriage of Figaro (2004), Herr Nilsson in Pippi Longstocking (2005), Hjalmar Ekdal in The Wild Duck (both in 2006), Jim in The Glass Menagerie (2007), Garcin in No Exit and the fish and the grasshopper in Pinocchio (2009). He has acted in movies such as Hawaii, Oslo, Svein and the Rat and Comrade Pedersen. From the autumn of 2010 he has been central in the new Comedy Lab project of The Torshov Theatre with Mariann Hole and Thorbjørn Harr."

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

    • Pål Christian Eggen

      PÅL CHRISTIAN EGGEN for the role of the wolf in Rock'n Roll Wolf, directed by Tyra Tønnesen, Trøndelag Theatre:

      "Pål Christian Eggen was born in 1976, and when he graduated from The National Academy of Theatre in 2005 he started working for Trøndelag Theatre at once. He has been there ever since. He made his debut at Trøndelag Theatre in the role of Simon Darre in Kristin Lavransdatter. He is a versatile actor who interprets classics as well as contemporary drama: He has played Brother Lorenzo in Romeo and Juliet, Leander in The Fussy Man, Gregers Werle in The Wild Duck, Ejlert Løvborg in Hedda Gabler, and this year he has played both Torvald Helmer against Ane Skumsvoll's Nora, and the wolf in the rock musical Rock'n Roll Wolf.

      But he has also played in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, interpreted new playwrights such as Tale Næss and Frode Sander Øien in Trondheim Open, and taken part in the musicals Chicago and Spring Awakening. He also has recorded audiobooks for the publisher Lydbokforlaget."

    • Henrik Mestad

      HENRIK MESTAD for the role of the Master in The Father, directed by Victoria Meirik, The National Theatre:

      "Henrik Mestad was born in 1964. He completed The National Academy of Theatre in 1991. The same year he made his debut in The Vikings at Helgeland at The National Theatre where he has throughout the years interpreted more than 50 different roles. He is as familiar with the classics as contemporary drama.

      At Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) he played Johannes in Victoria (2004), whereas he at Teatret Vårt (Our Theatre) was Ask Burlefot in Morten Borgersen's adaptation of Mykle's Lasso round the Moon (1996).

      He is also a playwright and has written Lik meg når jeg er teit* (Like me when I am a dork) (1993) and Nansens sønn* (Nansen's Son) (2002) which he also performed in. He has taken part in TV series such as Western Wind and in several movies, such as Gone with the Woman and A Somewhat Gentle Man. For the role of Kurt in August Strindberg's The Dance of Death he was nominated for The Hedda Award in the category of best supporting actor, and he won Amanda and The Kanon Award for best supporting male character in the movie Sons in 2007."

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

    Winners

    • Faderen

      "The winner of the year has acted on different stages, had parts in TV series, been awarded prizes for his efforts in movies and even written two plays of his own. His talent ranges over a wide spectrum: He has formerly been nominated for The Hedda Award for his interpretation of a character giving him the victory tonight. At the time he played an ordinary, well-meaning and rather anonymous man, this year the insecurely, confoundedly drifting glance in his eyes testifies from the very beginning that he is balancing on the edge of madness, and when madness takes over, he manages to show us the man he once was through short, clear-sighted moments. In the role of the master in The Father by August Strindberg, performed at The Torshov Theatre, he has given us new interpretation, faithful to the text and to every last detail credible.

      The award for best leading actor of the year goes to HENRIK MESTAD."

    • Henrik Mestad

      "The winner of the year has acted on different stages, had parts in TV series, been awarded prizes for his efforts in movies and even written two plays of his own. His talent ranges over a wide spectrum: He has formerly been nominated for The Hedda Award for his interpretation of a character giving him the victory tonight. At the time he played an ordinary, well-meaning and rather anonymous man, this year the insecurely, confoundedly drifting glance in his eyes testifies from the very beginning that he is balancing on the edge of madness, and when madness takes over, he manages to show us the man he once was through short, clear-sighted moments. In the role of the master in The Father by August Strindberg, performed at The Torshov Theatre, he has given us new interpretation, faithful to the text and to every last detail credible.

      The award for best leading actor of the year goes to HENRIK MESTAD."

    Best supporting actress

    Particularly excellent effort shall surpass other good performances through:

    *qualities of craft

    *artistic qualities

    *unpredictability

    Nominations

    • Hildegun Riise

      HILDEGUN RIISE for the role of Sister Aloysius in Doubt, directed by Hans Petter Moland, The Norwegian Theatre:

      "Hildegun Riise was born in 1958, and completed The National Academy of Theatre, Oslo in 1986. The same year she started working for The Norwegian Theatre, where she has worked since. The past few years she has played classical roles such as Queen Clytemnestra in Iphigeneia at Aulis, and Arkadina in Chekhov's The Seagull (2003), but also modern female characters of contemporary drama, such as the woman in Jon Fosse's Beautiful (2001) and Anna in Angerhøy (2005).

      She became well-known all over the country when playing the recurring character Agnes in the TV series Western Wind, and she has also taken part in a number of movies. For her effort in The Other Side of Sunday Tokyo International Film Festival selected her as best actress in 1996, and in 2001 she won Amanda as best leading actress for her role in Detector. In 2007 she was nominated for The Hedda Award in the category of best supporting actress for her interpretation of the grandmother in The Twins."

    • Stine Mari Fyrileiv

      STINE MARI FYRILEIV for the role of Iphigeneia in Iphigeneia at Aulis, directed by Eirik Stubø, The National Theatre:

      "Stine Mari Fyrileiv was born in 1982, and was educated at Oslo National Academy of the Arts from 2003 to 2007. In 2007 she made her debut as Juliet in the Russian director Jurij Butusov's Romeo and Juliet at Hålogaland Theatre, where she also acted in Sarah Kane's Blasted.

      After she went to The Norwegian Theatre where she played Antigone in Jon Fosse's Norwegian adaption of The Theban Plays (2008), and Cleone in Racine's Andromache (2009), while she took part in the documentary production Intimate Death at The National Venue of Theatre in 2010.

      The role of Iphigenia in Eirik Stubø's minimalist interpretation of the Greek tragedy was her debut at The National Theatre. At the same theatre she acted in Fanny and Alexander and Foreldremøte* (PTA Meeting) the spring of 2011."

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

    • Liv Bernhoft Osa

      LIV BERNHOFT OSA for the role of Mrs. Hadenough in Innocence, directed by Victoria Meirik, The National Theatre:

      "Liv Bernhoft Osa was born in 1957, and was educated at The National Academy of Theatre, Oslo. In 1979 she made her debut at The National Theatre, where she has been an employee ever since, but she has also been working for several other theatres. At The Norwegian Theatre she has played Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Julie, at Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) Ariel in The Tempest, at The National Venue of Theatre the title role of The Lady of the Camellias, while she in 2007 was Mai in the adaptation of Linn Ullmann's Grace at The Norwegian Touring Theatre.

      She has also taken part in a number of movies, such as Uno and Svein and the Rat, and in TV series such as Western Wind. Among the more than 75 roles she has interpreted for The National Theatre one can mention Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Anya in The Cherry Orchard, Sonia in Crime and Punishment, Mrs. Solness in The Master Builder, the mother in Vinterforvaring* (Winter Storage), the middle-aged woman in Sleep and Sonya in Uncle Vanya."

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

    Winners

    • Innocence

      "The winner of the year has for many years been a distinct and versatile actress, not just at Norwegian stages, where she has interpreted female characters as diverse as Romeo s Juliet and Juliet s own mother, Anne Frank and The Lady of the Camellias, Andromache and Mrs. Police Chief Bastian, but also in the movies and TV series and not least as an audio book voice. She wins the award for a thorough, mimetically brilliant and tragicomic precise interpretation of an absurd, heartbreakingly baroque character, a near insect-like middle-aged woman who in perfect balance between motion and restricted calm, take nourishment from the unhappiness of others.

      The award goes to LIV BERNHOFT OSA for with scarily realism having given life to Mrs. Hadenough in Innocence by Dea Loher at The National Theatre."

    • Liv Bernhoft Osa

      "The winner of the year has for many years been a distinct and versatile actress, not just at Norwegian stages, where she has interpreted female characters as diverse as Romeo s Juliet and Juliet s own mother, Anne Frank and The Lady of the Camellias, Andromache and Mrs. Police Chief Bastian, but also in the movies and TV series and not least as an audio book voice. She wins the award for a thorough, mimetically brilliant and tragicomic precise interpretation of an absurd, heartbreakingly baroque character, a near insect-like middle-aged woman who in perfect balance between motion and restricted calm, take nourishment from the unhappiness of others.

      The award goes to LIV BERNHOFT OSA for with scarily realism having given life to Mrs. Hadenough in Innocence by Dea Loher at The National Theatre."

    Best visual design

    Best visual design is to surpass other good works through:

    *conceptual autonomy (that the stage design is an artistic work in itself) balanced with conceptual function (the dramaturgic dimensions of the room)

    *relation to related art forms (visual art, design, architecture)

    *innovation, in particular related to stage design/the profession of theatre and related art forms

    Nominations

    • Gilles Berger

      GILLES BERGER for the stage design for Blå jakt* (Blue Hunt) by Liv Heløe, directed by Ivar Tindberg, The National Venue of Theatre:

      "Gilles Berger was born in 1957 in France and was educated at École des beaux arts de Nancy (1976-1979) and at Conservatoire National des Arts du Mime et du Cirque in Paris, under the management of Gérard Lebreton. With Anne Marit Sæther he manages Cirka Teater in Trondheim, founded by the two in 1984, and for which Jorunn Dugstad has been the producer and daily manager since 1996.

      They have made more than 20 productions and in 1997 Cirka Teater received the culture award of the municipality of Trondheim, the culture award of the Mid-Northern regional collaboration, plus the jubilee award of Performing Arts Hub Norway for the production Poste restante they performed from 1995 to 1998. It was also the opening production when the airport of Gardermoen OSL opened. Cirka Teater also has collaborated with theatre institutions, for instance on Kurt Racks His Brain at Trøndelag Theatre in 2002, and at Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) in 2010."

    • Serge von Arx

      SERGE VON ARX for the stage design for Iphigeneia by Finn Iunker, directed by Runar Hodne, Trøndelag Theatre:

      "Serge von Arx was born in Switzerland in 1971, educated as an architect at ETH in Zürich 1991-1997. He works as an independent architect, stage designer and designer, and he started his professional theatre career as an assistant of Rolf Glitterberg in Hamburg. In 1998 he began his long-term collaboration with Robert Wilson on stage design, exhibitions and installations all over the world.

      From 2003 he has been a mentor and architecture consultant at The Watermill Center in Long Island in New York, and he is an architecture critic for Neue Züricher Zeitung. He has been the artistic director for the stage design study at The Norwegian Theatre Academy in Fredrikstad (Østfold College University), and in 2010 he was named professor in stage design. This spring (2011, Sceneweb's comment) he was the stage designer of Othello at The National Theatre."

    • John Kristian Alsaker

      JOHN-KRISTIAN ALSAKER, TORBJØRN LJUNGGREN AND ØYVIND WANGENSTEEN for the stage design, video and lighting for Ti liv* (Ten lives), script and direction by Kjetil Bang-Hansen, The National Theatre:

      "John-Kristian Alsaker, born 1949, is one of the most used - and best known - freelance stage designers in Norway, with a long and successful career domestically and abroad. He was educated in England, and for years he worked for Royal National Theatre and Old Vic. He has been working as a stage designer for one or more productions at most of the Norwegian theatres, and he was behind the stage design for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1994 Olympics. He has twice been nominated for The Hedda Award in the category of best visual design, in 1999 for the stage design for Pinocchio and in 2006 for Alice in Wonderland. In 2002 he got the award for the stage design for Antons villfaring* (Anton's Deviation).

      Torbjørn Ljunggren, born 1972, was educated at Fine Arts & New Media, The University of Gothenburg. He works with video projections for theatres, performances and concerts, plus TV graphics. Among others he has collaborated with John-Kristian Alsaker on Alice in Wonderland (2006) at The National Venue of Theatre, Singin' in the rain at Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) in 2009 and Pinocchio at Teater Manu (2010), and with Susanne Münzner on Leonce and Lena at The National Theatre in 2008.

      Øyvind Wangensteen was born in 1969, and started working for The National Theatre in 1988. He is now steadily employed as a lighting designer at the theatre. He has done the lighting design for more than 60 productions. Among his assignments for The National Theatre one can mention Fireface, Endgame, The Road to Damascus, Peer Gynt, Ghosts, The Brothers Karamazov, The Bat, The Lower Depths, Hustyrannen* (The House Tyrant), Fanny and Alexander, God of Carnage and Galileo. He also has worked on lighting design for Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre), Rogaland Theatre, The Norwegian Opera & & Ballet, and The Norwegian Theatre, among others."

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

    • Torbjørn Ljunggren

      JOHN-KRISTIAN ALSAKER, TORBJØRN LJUNGGREN AND ØYVIND WANGENSTEEN for the stage design, video and lighting for Ti liv* (Ten lives), script and direction by Kjetil Bang-Hansen, The National Theatre:

      "John-Kristian Alsaker, born 1949, is one of the most used - and best known - freelance stage designers in Norway, with a long and successful career domestically and abroad. He was educated in England, and for years he worked for Royal National Theatre and Old Vic. He has been working as a stage designer for one or more productions at most of the Norwegian theatres, and he was behind the stage design for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1994 Olympics. He has twice been nominated for The Hedda Award in the category of best visual design, in 1999 for the stage design for Pinocchio and in 2006 for Alice in Wonderland. In 2002 he got the award for the stage design for Antons villfaring* (Anton's Deviation).

      Torbjørn Ljunggren, born 1972, was educated at Fine Arts & New Media, The University of Gothenburg. He works with video projections for theatres, performances and concerts, plus TV graphics. Among others he has collaborated with John-Kristian Alsaker on Alice in Wonderland (2006) at The National Venue of Theatre, Singin' in the rain at Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) in 2009 and Pinocchio at Teater Manu (2010), and with Susanne Münzner on Leonce and Lena at The National Theatre in 2008.

      Øyvind Wangensteen was born in 1969, and started working for The National Theatre in 1988. He is now steadily employed as a lighting designer at the theatre. He has done the lighting design for more than 60 productions. Among his assignments for The National Theatre one can mention Fireface, Endgame, The Road to Damascus, Peer Gynt, Ghosts, The Brothers Karamazov, The Bat, The Lower Depths, Hustyrannen* (The House Tyrant), Fanny and Alexander, God of Carnage and Galileo. He also has worked on lighting design for Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre), Rogaland Theatre, The Norwegian Opera & & Ballet, and The Norwegian Theatre, among others."

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

    • Øyvind Wangensteen

      JOHN-KRISTIAN ALSAKER, TORBJØRN LJUNGGREN AND ØYVIND WANGENSTEEN for the stage design, video and lighting for Ti liv* (Ten lives), script and direction by Kjetil Bang-Hansen, The National Theatre:

      "John-Kristian Alsaker, born 1949, is one of the most used - and best known - freelance stage designers in Norway, with a long and successful career domestically and abroad. He was educated in England, and for years he worked for Royal National Theatre and Old Vic. He has been working as a stage designer for one or more productions at most of the Norwegian theatres, and he was behind the stage design for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1994 Olympics. He has twice been nominated for The Hedda Award in the category of best visual design, in 1999 for the stage design for Pinocchio and in 2006 for Alice in Wonderland. In 2002 he got the award for the stage design for Antons villfaring* (Anton's Deviation).

      Torbjørn Ljunggren, born 1972, was educated at Fine Arts & New Media, The University of Gothenburg. He works with video projections for theatres, performances and concerts, plus TV graphics. Among others he has collaborated with John-Kristian Alsaker on Alice in Wonderland (2006) at The National Venue of Theatre, Singin' in the rain at Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) in 2009 and Pinocchio at Teater Manu (2010), and with Susanne Münzner on Leonce and Lena at The National Theatre in 2008.

      Øyvind Wangensteen was born in 1969, and started working for The National Theatre in 1988. He is now steadily employed as a lighting designer at the theatre. He has done the lighting design for more than 60 productions. Among his assignments for The National Theatre one can mention Fireface, Endgame, The Road to Damascus, Peer Gynt, Ghosts, The Brothers Karamazov, The Bat, The Lower Depths, Hustyrannen* (The House Tyrant), Fanny and Alexander, God of Carnage and Galileo. He also has worked on lighting design for Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre), Rogaland Theatre, The Norwegian Opera & & Ballet, and The Norwegian Theatre, among others."

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

    Winners

    • Ti liv* (Ten lives)

      "The award winners in this category show the amazing possibilities there lie in innovative collaboration between stage design, video projection and lighting design. Thanks to their magical creative abilities the Dovre Express thunders across one of the smallest stages in the country, motorbikes and lorries rage up narrow mountain roads, and we experience rose-painted mansion interiors and Norwegian train coupes while the actors elegantly wanders in and out of historically correct film projections. It is impossible to separate one winner's efforts from the other's – or the third's: They are intrinsically linked to one another.

      Thus the award goes to JOHN-KRISTIAN ALSAKER, TORBJØRN LJUNGGREN AND ØYVIND WANGENSTEEN for stage design, video and light design respectively, for Ti liv* (Ten lives), at The Torshov Theatre."

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

    • John Kristian Alsaker

      "The award winners in this category show the amazing possibilities there lie in innovative collaboration between stage design, video projection and lighting design. Thanks to their magical creative abilities the Dovre Express thunders across one of the smallest stages in the country, motorbikes and lorries rage up narrow mountain roads, and we experience rose-painted mansion interiors and Norwegian train coupes while the actors elegantly wanders in and out of historically correct film projections. It is impossible to separate one winner's efforts from the other's – or the third's: They are intrinsically linked to one another.

      Thus the award goes to JOHN-KRISTIAN ALSAKER, TORBJØRN LJUNGGREN AND ØYVIND WANGENSTEEN for stage design, video and lighting design respectively, for Ti liv* (Ten lives), at The Torshov Theatre."

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

    • Torbjørn Ljunggren

      "The award winners in this category show the amazing possibilities there lie in innovative collaboration between stage design, video projection and lighting design. Thanks to their magical creative abilities the Dovre Express thunders across one of the smallest stages in the country, motorbikes and lorries rage up narrow mountain roads, and we experience rose-painted mansion interiors and Norwegian train coupes while the actors elegantly wanders in and out of historically correct film projections. It is impossible to separate one winner's efforts from the other's – or the third's: They are intrinsically linked to one another.

      Thus the award goes to JOHN-KRISTIAN ALSAKER, TORBJØRN LJUNGGREN AND ØYVIND WANGENSTEEN for stage design, video and lighting design respectively, for Ti liv* (Ten lives), at The Torshov Theatre."

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

    • Øyvind Wangensteen

      "The award winners in this category show the amazing possibilities there lie in innovative collaboration between stage design, video projection and lighting design. Thanks to their magical creative abilities the Dovre Express thunders across one of the smallest stages in the country, motorbikes and lorries rage up narrow mountain roads, and we experience rose-painted mansion interiors and Norwegian train coupes while the actors elegantly wanders in and out of historically correct film projections. It is impossible to separate one winner's efforts from the other's – or the third's: They are intrinsically linked to one another.

      Thus the award goes to JOHN-KRISTIAN ALSAKER, TORBJØRN LJUNGGREN AND ØYVIND WANGENSTEEN for stage design, video and lighting design respectively, for Ti liv* (Ten lives), at The Torshov Theatre."

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

    Best direction

    The winner in the category of best direction is to surpass other good productions through:

    *choice of style and/or elements of style and through how these are incorporated and adjusted to all the elements of the production

    *how style and elements of style are adjusted to and created in relation to the material the production discusses or is based on (dramaturgy/reading)

    *stylistic innovation.

    Nominations

    • Peer Perez Øian

      "PEER PEREZ ØIAN for his direction of Pains of Youth by Ferdinand Bruckner, The Norwegian Theatre:

      Peer Perez Øian was born in 1980. He was educated with a bachelor within performing arts at Emerson College, USA (1999-03), and studied direction for five years at The National Academy of Theatre, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2005-10). Perez Øian has participated in workshops with among others Robert Wilson and Anne Bogart in USA, and he has been a trainee with Peter Sellars, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Bill Viola at Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille, France.

      He has formerly directed Finn Iunker's Iphigeneia at Theatre Academy Helsinki, and he was also responsible for a staged reading of Washingtin by Johan Harstad in Litteraturhuset (2010). The autumn of 2010 his diploma work, Hedda Gabler, opened in the smaller venue called Malersalen in The National Theatre, but it was so popular it was moved to the Amphi, and this autumn (2011, Sceneweb’s comment) it takes over at the very Main Stage. Pains of Youth is his first directed work after graduation."

    • Jonas Corell Petersen

      "JONAS CORELL PETERSEN for his direction of The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, new adaption by Andrea Koschwitz/Jan Bosse, The Norwegian Theatre:

      Jonas Corell Petersen was born in Copenhagen in 1979, and he has studied theatre theory, history of art and philosophy at University of Copenhagen. He has a five year long study in direction from The National Academy of Theatre, Oslo National Academy of the Arts. While studying in Oslo he also took classes at the American SITI Company, founded by Anne Bogart in 1992, to 'revitalise and redefine' the contemporary theatre of USA.

      He wrote the drama Døde skygger* (Dead Shadows) which he personally staged, and during his studies he directed Georg Büchner's Woyzeck and an adaptation of Kirsten Thorup's debut novel Baby. The Sorrows of Young Werther in The Norwegian Theatre the autumn of 2010 was his diploma work. The spring of 2011 he staged von Horvath's Faith, Hope and Charity at Trøndelag Theatre."

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

    • Victoria H. Meirik

      "VICTORIA MEIRIK for her direction of The Father by August Strindberg, The National Theatre:

      Victoria Meirik was born in Norway in 1970, but she has been living in Kuwait, Portugal, France and The Netherlands. She studied drama at The Academy of Creative Writing in Hordaland, theatre theory at The University of Oslo and is educated as an instructor from the direction study of Amsterdam College of the Arts. She has been a director in Holland, where she among other things was responsible for the Dutch premiere of Jon Fosse's Mother and Child in 2001.

      Her first direction job in Norway was Ivanov at Hålogaland Theatre (2004). In Norway she has among other things staged Hedda Gabler in The National Venue of Theatre (2009), Chekhov's Uncle Vanya in Rogaland Theatre (2009) and Jon Fosse's Night Sings Its Songs (with the title changed to Night lights its dark) for the sign language theatre Teater Manu (2008).

      She was nominated for The Hedda Award in the category of best direction for Blackbird at The National Theatre in 2006, and in 2010 she won The Hedda in this category for Antigone at Trøndelag Theatre (2009). From Hanne Tømta's takeover as the head of The National Theatre in 2009 Victoria Meirik has been the resident director of the theatre."

    Winners

    • Pains of Youth

      "The winner of the year started his career by delighting his audience in a modernised version of a familiar classic. He gets the award for a production in which he with seemingly playful ease unites important traits characterising a good director. While exhibiting an ear for the nuances of the text he modernises it so that the timeless issues of the playwright take hold of us today. His dialogue and person instruction is so precise and understanding that the actors under his management create a number of original and distinct characters while presenting a high level of ensemble play.

      The award for best direction goes to PEER PEREZ ØIAN for his direction of Pains of Youth by Ferdinand Bruckner at The Norwegian Theatre."

    • Peer Perez Øian

      "The winner of the year started his career by delighting his audience in a modernised version of a familiar classic. He gets the award for a production in which he with seemingly playful ease unites important traits characterising a good director. While exhibiting an ear for the nuances of the text he modernises it so that the timeless issues of the playwright take hold of us today. His dialogue and person instruction is so precise and understanding that the actors under his management create a number of original and distinct characters while presenting a high level of ensemble play.

      The award for best direction goes to PEER PEREZ ØIAN for his direction of Pains of Youth by Ferdinand Bruckner at The Norwegian Theatre."

    Best production for children and youth

    The best production for children and youth of the year is to surpass other productions for children and youth through:

    *quality on the background of the theatre medium's distinct character, in choice of stylistic elements and dramaturgy

    *communication with the target audience

    *choice of material

    The jury did not find three productions of sufficient quality to nominate in this category. For this reason The Hedda Award for Best production for children and youth is not given out in 2011.

    Best leading actress

    Particularly excellent effort shall surpass other good performances through:

    *qualities of craft

    *artistic qualities

    *unpredictability

    Nominations

    • Frøydis Armand

      Frøydis Armand for the role of Huma in All about my mother, directed by Bjarte Hjelmeland, The National Venue of Theatre:

      "Frøydis Armand was born in 1949, and as a daughter of Eilif Armand and a sister of Merete and Gisken Armand, she belongs to a strong actors' family. She made her debut in 1972 in the role of Regine in Ghosts at The National Theatre. Since then she has given life to practically every Ibsen woman there is.

      But she has also been Othello's Desdemona, Lucy Brown in Brecht's The Threepenny Opera, Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey into Night, and she has interpreted modern playwrights such as Jon Fosse. Besides she has been a bear, an own and a wife on the farm in the Hunchback Wood, and the baker of Cardamom Town. Her range is, in other words, wide. She also has acted in a number of movies and taken part in several TV series. She has been awarded the honorary award of Gösta Ekman, the honorary award of Per Aabel and the grant of Aase Bye."

    • Kirsten Hofseth

      KIRSTEN HOFSETH for the role of Alice in The Retreat from Moscow, directed by Carl Jørgen Kiønig, The National Venue of Theatre:

      "Kirsten Hofseth was born in 1944, and she was a student at The National Academy of Theatre, Oslo from 1967 to 1969. Afterwards she was hired by Trøndelag Theatre, for which she worked until 1972, playing among others Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Ismene in Antigone. She then took part in establishing Teatret Vårt (Our Theatre), and for five years she had parts in all the productions of the theatre, such as The Comedy of Errors, The Word and Edvard Hoem's Kvinnene langs fjorden* (The Women by the Fjord).

      I 1977 she became a freelancer, and among her assignments was Grenseland* (Borderland), the first Norwegian TV series. She came to Rogaland Theatre for the first time in 1978, and worked there for the latter two years of Kjetil Bang-Hansen's time as the artistic director. From 1980 to 1982 she was a regular member of the ensemble of Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation's TV drama division, and in 1982 she returned to Stavanger. She stayed there until she in 2005 moved to The National Venue of Theatre in Bergen, where she has had many roles, major and less major. In 2006 she was nominated for The Hedda Award in the category of best supporting actress for her interpretation of Magdelone in Holberg's The Fussy Man."

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

    • Heidi Gjermundsen Broch

      HEIDI GJERMUNDSEN BROCH for the role of Diana in Next to Normal, directed by Svein Sturla Hungnes, The Norwegian Theatre:

      "Heidi Gjermundsen Broch was born in 1975, and after studying for two years at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (1995-1997), she started studying at The National Academy of Theatre, Oslo. After graduating in 2000, she went directly to The Norwegian Theatre, where she has been since. She started with playing the leading roles of two musicals, The Emperor of Portugalia and Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, for so to interpret the title roles of Piaf and An-Magritt. For the latter she was nominated for The Hedda Award in the category of best leading actress.

      She has also charmed her audience as Donna in Mamma Mia at Folketeatret, and as Eliza in My Fair Lady at Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre). But Heidi Gjermundsen Broch is not just a musical star, she is simply a good actress - something she has proved through her interpretation of roles in plays by Shakespeare and Jon Fosse."

    Winners

    • Next to Normal

      "No more than eleven years have passed since the winner of the year completed a diverse five-year long education, but she has already been in near 20 productions, and in a vast majority of these she has even played the main part!

      As an actress her great strength is extraordinary versatility: She shines in her interpretations of classics such as William Shakespeare and contemporary playwrights such as Jon Fosse, while uniquely mastering a wholly different genre - musical theatre. The winner of the year has, through her captivating, nuanced and deeply human interpretation of the bipolar American housewife Diana in Next to Normal at The Norwegian Theatre, given definitive proof musical theatre can be great performing arts.

      Thus the award for best leading actress goes to HEIDI GJERMUNDSEN BROCH."

    • Heidi Gjermundsen Broch

      "No more than eleven years have passed since the winner of the year completed a diverse five-year long education, but she has already been in near 20 productions, and in a vast majority of these she has even played the main part!

      As an actress her great strength is extraordinary versatility: She shines in her interpretations of classics such as William Shakespeare and contemporary playwrights such as Jon Fosse, while uniquely mastering a wholly different genre - musical theatre. The winner of the year has, through her captivating, nuanced and deeply human interpretation of the bipolar American housewife Diana in Next to Normal at The Norwegian Theatre, given definitive proof musical theatre can be great performing arts.

      Thus the award for best leading actress goes to HEIDI GJERMUNDSEN BROCH."