A Doll's House

A Doll's House was produced by Visjoner Teater in 2006, based by the play by Henrik Ibsen and a production idea by Juni Dahr.

The production was performed "in the home of" Nora and Torvald in their second floor apartment in the apartment building of Wesselsgate 15, rebuilt in Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum).

Tonje Gotschalksen directed it.

Only 30 spectators could follow the performance every night. The production has been performed approximately 150 times in Norway and abroad.


(Objekt ID 1124)
Object type Production
Premiere May 18, 2006
Produced by Visjoner Teater
Based on A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
Audience Adults
Number of events 149
Language Norwegian
Keywords Theatre
Running period May 18, 2006  
Duration 1 hour 40 minutes
Website Visjoner Teater

Requirements to venue

Blackout No

Visjoner Teater implemented a theatre experiment in 2006: To perform A Doll's House in a real apartment. The actors and the audience alike are challenged to meet Henrik Ibsen’s text anew in new surroundings outside the theatre venue. How do we experience A Doll's House today, if being in Nora's home, witnessing her marriage and dream of love dissolve?

What is love? What is a lie? What is true and honest life together? Henrik Ibsen's text goes deep into what it means to be human, to make free choices and to be responsible for one's own life. How two persons on equal footing are to love and respect each other is a question of as much interest today as it was 120 years ago.

A Doll's House was performed in the apartment of Nora and Torvald Helmer, in the apartment building of Wesselsgate 15, which is rebuilt in Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum).

Juni Dahr and instructor Tonje Gotschalksen have processed the text for five actors.

2006: Opening night and 70 performances in Oslo, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum).

2008: A Doll's House performed in Oslo and in an apartment in Söder in Stockholm called Stigbergets Borgarrum during Stockholm’s Culture Festival.

2009: Performed in Waldemarhøy in Ski, the farm Åmot gård near Førde, Janowice Palace outside Krakow in Poland.

2010: Performed during Ibsen Awards in Venstøp outside Skien.

Nora Helmer: Juni Dahr

Torvald Helmer: Lars Øyno

Dr. Rank: Terje Strømdahl

Mrs. Kristine Linde: Kristin Kajander

Attorney Krogstad: Robert Skjærstad

Instructor: Tonje Gotschalksen

Producer: Marianne Roland

Contributors (9)
Name Role
Tonje Gotschalksen – Instruction
Silje Fjellberg – Costume
Juni Dahr – Actor (Nora )
Kristín Kajander – Actor (Fru Linde)
Robert Skjærstad – Actor (Krogstad)
Terje Strømdahl – Actor (Dr. Rank)
Ole Ludvig Vandbakk – Actor (Dr. Rank)
Lars Øyno – Actor (Thorvald )
Marianne Roland – Producer
Performance dates
May 18, 2006 Opening night
Press coverage

Yngve Kvistad, VG, May 21 2006, rating the performance worthy of five pips on the dice:

"Juni Dahr, Lars Øyno, Terje Strømdahl, Kristin Kajander, Robert Skjærstad, perform Ibsen with virtuosity and nerve. (...) Extraordinary intimate (...) Disturbing theatre here and now (...) Dogma theatre"

Elisabeth Rygg, Aftenposten, May 21 2006:

"Modern in acting style and form, Juni Dahr’s Nora is an honest, moving role interpretation"

Inger Merete Hobbelstad, Dagbladet, May 23 2006:

"Classic chamber play, liberating in its simplicity (...) A Doll’s House with will and purpose. (...) The famous last confrontation between Torvald and Nora rarely has been presented more vividly. (...) The sequences between Nora and the dying Dr. Rank, eminently acted by Terje Strømdal, make one shiver despite the warm spring air."

Marte Stubberød Eielsen, Klassekampen, May 2006:

"Hyper-realist and effectual A Doll's House"