Hello Hauge

The commission work Hello Hauge by Visjoner Teater had its opening night during the opening of the Poetry Festival in Ulvik September 18 2008, connected to the 100 year jubilee celebration of the poet Olav H. Hauge. Hello Hauge was produced by Visjoner Teater.

Performers: Juni Dahr with the musicians Tore Brunborg and Thomas Strønen. Producer: Marianne Roland


(Objekt ID 228)
Object type Production
Premiere September 18, 2008
Produced by Visjoner Teater
Audience Youth, Adults
Audience size 1700
Number of events 8
Language Norwegian
Keywords Multidisciplinary, Music, Poetry event
Running period September 14, 2008  
Website Visjoner Teater

Requirements to venue

Blackout No

Hello Hauge by Visjoner Teater: Together Juni Dahr, Tore Brunborg and Thomas Strønen have composed this concert performance springing out from texts by Olav H. Hauge.

Hello Hauge visited Beijing and Shanghai in March/April 2009, after having been invited to China by the embassy connected to the book launch of texts by Olav H. Hauge, translated to Chinese. The production also has been performed in different Norwegian locations.

Hello Hauge is a crossover project in which music and text are elements on equal footing, they slide over and under and into each other and are wrestling with one another.

Hello Hauge was supported by Arts Council Norway, The Fund for Performing Artists, The Norwegian Composers’ Fund, the jubilee of Hauge/Tveitt, The Audio Visual Fund and the Poetry Festival in Ulvik.

Contributors (7)
Name Role
Olav H. Hauge – Author
Juni Dahr – Idea
Tore Brunborg – Composer
Juni Dahr – Actor
Tore Brunborg – Musician ( Føyte, saksofoner og samples)
Thomas Strønen – Musician (Perkusjon og samples)
Marianne Roland – Producer
Performance dates
Navember 30, 2010Victoria Teater / Scene West Victoria Show
Navember 26, 2010Store Sal, Bærum Kulturhus Show
March 3, 2009Fudan University Show
March 1, 2009Peking University / Beijing University Show
February 28, 2009Mawood theatre Show
September 18, 2008Kvemmadokkje husmannsplass Opening night
September 14, 2008Søsterkirkene på Gran Preview
Press coverage

"The concert performance Hello Hauge is like gourmet food for the soul."

Oppland Arbeiderblad, Annika Birkelund, September 15 2008

"The performance of Hello Hauge spellbound a large audience"

Hordaland, Sigrid Seim, September 20 2008,

"The musical level is as high as the high-rising mountain Vassfjøro in the horizon behind."

Bergens Tidende,

"After sitting silent as mice for almost an hour, the audience broke into warm and long applause for a different poetry night."

Budstikka, Eira Kjernlie, November 27 2008

"The event was well attended. The second half of the reading came courtesy of a three-piece jazz-folk-fusion trio from Norway's Vision Theatre Company. Tore Brunborg and Thomas Stronen provided sax and percussion while Juni Dahr vocalized many of Hauge's poems. Dahr's vocal range and her expressive stage manner really brought the poems to life. The performance also gave a rare opportunity for Beijing audiences to hear the unique texture of Hauge's original Norwegian. That texture – both earthy like the soil on which Hauge grew his apples, and pulsating, not unlike the sea that surrounds his country – is impossible to emulate with ease in either English or Chinese. But now at least, readers in both languages have a place to start digging."

Paper Republic, a Beijing-based English website: Stacey Duff