Ibsen Women

put an eagle in a cage

Ibsen Women - Put an eagle in a cage(1989), produced by Visjoner Teater by Juni Dahr, presents six of the female characters written by Henrik Ibsen. During the span of approximately an hour we follow Juni Dahr's encounters with Hilde, Hedda, Mrs. Alving, Nora, Ellida and Hjørdis. The texts of Henrik Ibsen are interwoven with her own thoughts and reflections around the roles’' strengths and vulnerabilities, and the underlying subject in all of Ibsen's writing: The longing for freedom.

Ibsen Women is still still performed every year, in Norway and abroad.


(Objekt ID 1123)
Object type Production
Premiere April 20, 1989
Produced by Visjoner Teater
Based on The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen; Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen; Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen; A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen; The Lady from the Sea by Henrik Ibsen; The Vikings at Helgeland by Henrik Ibsen
Audience Adults, Youth
Language Norwegian and English
Keywords Theatre
Running period April 20, 1989  
Website Visjoner Teater

Ibsen Women - Put an eagle in a cage is a visual performance. The stage design is minimal. Music, light and the physical movement pattern are elements building the performance and the inner life of the characters. A costume, a shawl, a candle stick and a tambourine are symbolic props.

Ibsen Women was originally created in USA in 1989, while Juni Dahr was touring with the production Joan of Arc. Ibsen Women was first presented at the International Ibsen Symposium at Yale University and has been further developed to visit a series of international festivals in Norway and abroad. It has received several awards.

Juni Dahr says: "Henrik Ibsen still asks challenging questions to people of today, 100 years after his death, he presents a deep understanding for women. How could he write so true and real about women's thoughts and feelings? Through his characters he has us experience our own lives."

BSEN WOMEN and JUNI DAHR recieved the Jury’s Special Prize for an outstanding performance and brilliant adaptation of Ibsen’s original scripts.

Supported by: the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs/MFA (travel grant/performing arts).


Visjoner Teaters websider: http://dahr.no/, 30.09.2010

Contributors (19)
Name Role
Juni Dahr – Script
Juni Dahr – Concept/Idea
Aimée Malte Harnes – Instruction
Marketta Kimbrell – Instruction
Kristin Olsoni – Instruction
Chris Poole – Music
Juni Dahr – Stage design
Inger Derlick – Stage design
Aimée Malte Harnes – Stage design
Juni Dahr – Costume
Inger Derlick – Costume
Aimée Malte Harnes – Lighting design
Frank Tangen – Lighting design
Marianne Thallaug Wedset – Lighting design
Henning Winger – Lighting design
David Siebert – Light
Juni Dahr – Actor
Chris Poole – Musician
Marianne Roland – Administration
Festivals (6)
Vinterlys February 14, 2017
Fadjr International Theater Festival January 30, 2014
International Ibsen Festival Tokyo Navember 30, 2013
Ålesund Theatre Festival October 13, 2011
MONOMAFFIA August 12, 2011
Bergen International Festival May 1991
Press coverage

Annelise Vestergaard, 15.09.1991, Jyllands-Posten:
"Ibsen's women became a lovely gift (...) A one woman show with a force folding out. (...) with few props, but many effects and a magic charisma Juni Dahr interpreted the demanding roles all the way through. "

Holger Christensen, 15.09.1991, Århus Stiftstidende [Århus]:
"Juni Dahr's charisma is tremendous. One can’t let og of her with one’s eyes. Her changes between characters were secure and riveting."

Awards - Nominations (1)