Atopisk – in the wrong place

Atopisk – in the wrong place by Temte Productions regards how we in today’s society demand steadily more of our bodies. The body is changed in line with new ideals and wishes. The different kinds of "stress" have the body react. Nature sounds the alarm!

Information

(Objekt ID 2263)
Object type Production
Premiere September 22, 2003
Produced by Temte Productions
Audience Youth, Adults (from 16)
Number of events 20
Language Norwegian
Expressions Theatre
Running period September 22, 2003  

Requirements to venue

Minimum stage width 15m
Maximum stage width 20m
Minimum stage depth 15m
Maximum stage depth 20m
Blackout Yes
Rigging time 60 minutes
Downrigging time 30 minutes
Audience 50
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Atopic means "in the wrong place". The production Atopisk – in the wrong place by Temte Productions is based in a true story. Rune Temte, who wrote the text, has lived with atopic eczema for more than 15 years, both as an active athlete and a professional actor. The production also illuminates universal issues such as; what kind of relationship do we have to the body, as an object, today? How do we transform, change and "destroy" the body to recreate it, due to new ideals and trends?

The production Atopisk is about a person who has atopic eczema and the distress this causes, in particular in today’s society, with increasing demands to the body. The company wishes to emphasise the ordeal of having the kind of skin that makes you stand out. What happens to a person who always knows he is wearing a "mask" stopping him from communicate who he really is? The person in the production feels as if he is in the wrong place and despairingly he tries to reach the people surrounding him. The eczema never leaves his thoughts, everything is about easing the physical and psychological ordeal.

One actor and three mobile television screens make the stage image in an otherwise bare room with a standing light. The audience is placed onstage and the acting takes place around them. The actor tells his personal story without theatrical effects, only helped by his memory and physical presence.

Temte Productions doesn’t tell the story in a traditional manner, assisted just by text, but also takes use of sound, movement and TV images. The skin is central and different objects contribute to underlining it. For instance close-ups of skin with atopic eczema are presented on the TVs.

Source: Temte Productions, http:/temte.no, 08.11.2010

The production’s official English title is spelled with the Norwegian spelling of atopic, atopisk.

Contributors
Name Role
Rune Temte – Text
Marcelino Martin Valiente – Direction
Thea Glimsdal Temte – Costume
Jacob Hultgren – Video/Film
Rune Temte – Actor
Tomm Hansen – Photo
Tonje Alstad – Assistant (Produksjonsassistent)
Performance dates
Navember 6, 2003 – Show
Navember 4, 2003Småscenen, now Teaterkjelleren, The National Stage – Show
Navember 3, 2003 – Show
October 31, 2003 – Show
October 29, 2003 – Show
October 27, 2003 – Show
October 23, 2003 – Show
October 21, 2003 – Show
October 20, 2003 – Show
October 17, 2003 – Show
October 15, 2003 – Show
October 13, 2003 – Show
October 9, 2003 – Show
October 7, 2003 – Show
October 6, 2003 – Show
September 26, 2003 – Show
September 25, 2003 – Show
September 24, 2003 – Show
September 23, 2003Scene 3 (tidligere Prøvesalen) – Show
September 22, 2003Scene 3 (tidligere Prøvesalen) – Worldwide premiere