Mens vi venter får vi gå* (While we wait, we should walk)

Mens vi venter får vi gå* (While we wait, we should walk) (2020) was a digital wandering theatre production by Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre), based on a concept and a script by Petter Vermeli, Ingvild Holthe Bygdnes, Mari Dahl Sæther, Emilie Mordal, Tarjei Sandvik Moe and Kari-Ann Grønsund. The production was an audio guided wandering performance (3,5 kilometres long), playing out in the streets of Oslo during the Corona pandemic, the summer of 2020.

The actors who had written the script also took part in the audio file.

Excerpts from Erling Kagge's book Walking: One Step at a Time made a thread through the wandering. Quotes and informations from other texts were also used, as was a selection of music.

Texts/sources:
• Excerpt from Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen, adjusted by Njål H. Mjøs
• Excerpt from Hunger by Knut Hamsun, adjusted by Anders T. Andersen
• Excerpt from Eva's Diary by Hulda Garborg
The Face from Ethics and Infinity av Emmanuel Lévinas
• Excerpt from Blant syklende prelater, dansen og leken (literally: Among cycling prelates, the dance and the game) by Jo Stang
• Excerpt from Bybi.no, Den søte summelyden (literally: The sweet buzzing sound)
• Excerpts from Sitater (literally: Quotes) by Per Fugelli
• Quotes by Halldis Moren Vesaas and Åste Dokka
• Other sources: norgeshistorie.no, Hotel Cæsar Wiki, Snl.no, nbl.snl.no

Music:
Oslo forteller, No. 4
Lille søte svanse, Hubbabubbaklubb
J'ai deux amours, Josephine Baker
Jag kommer, Veronica Maggio
Gauken, Springar, by Olav Luksengård Mjelva
Hotel Cæsar vignette

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

Information

(Objekt ID 102039)
Object type Production
Premiere June 12, 2020
Produced by Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre)
Based on Walking: One Step at a Time by Erling Kagge
Language Norwegian
Expressions Wandering Theatre, Corona-production, Outdoors theatre
Running period June 12, 2020  
Duration 1 hour, 15 minutes
Website OSLO NYE TEATER
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At its webpage, Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) wrote the following, among other things, about Mens vi venter får vi gå* (While we wait, we should walk):

"Mens vi venter får vi gå is an audio guided wandering performance, springing out from using the opportunity the Corona crisis has provided us with, to orient anew. It is about putting one foot in front of the other, and to pay attention to things one normally does not pay attention to - to see the city anew, as if it was the first time.

The open spaces of the city have been among the few forums open to us during the pandemic, and it is a forum open to everyone in the city of Oslo. As a parallel to life at home, the walk around town may allow us to notice new details, to stop and to lift our eyes upwards.

Like the city is a conglomerate of different sources of inspiration, epochs of time, forms and colours, we have let the wandering take place in an associative and anecdotal landscape. We have found inspiration in modern as well as classic texts. We touch upon Ibsen, Hamsun, material we have written, historical facts about the places we pass, and much more.

Excerpts from Erling Kagge's book Walking: One Step at a Time makes up a thread through the wandering.

The wandering performance starts across the street from Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre)'s main entrance in Rosenkrantz’ gt. 10, outside of Oslo Akutten."

SOURCE:

Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre), oslonye.no, 23.06.2020, https://oslonye.no/mens-vi-venter-far-vi-ga/

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

Performance dates
June 12, 2020Oslos gater – Worldwide premiere