A Doll's House

Puppetry after Ibsen

A Doll's House (2011) was a production by The Puppetry Company Kattas Figurteater Ensemble, based on the play by Henrik Ibsen. The production opened at the culture centre Nøtterøy Kulturhus during Vestfold International Festival.

Anne M. Helgesen directed it.

Nora in an armour-like dress, live puppets, puppetry birds catching fire, illusionist surprises- in the A Doll's House version made by Kattas many elements rarely found in Ibsen's classic have a part in the experiment.


(Objekt ID 26253)
Object type Production
Premiere June 29, 2011
Produced by The Puppetry Company Kattas Figurteater Ensemble
Based on A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Keywords Puppetry
Running period June 29, 2011  
Website Kattas Figurteater Ensemble

Requirements to venue

Blackout Yes

At the webpage of the culture centre called Nøtterøy Kulturhus the following, among other things, is written about A Doll's House by The Puppetry Company Kattas Figurteater Ensemble:

"Whoever had the idea that Henrik Ibsen's issues in A Doll's House were used up and done with has to think again. For its version of A Doll's House The Puppetry Company Kattas Figurteater Ensemble has recruited mime performers, puppeteers, Butoh dancers and theatre artists from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Hungary.

The Puppetry Company Kattas Figurteater Ensemble has attacked Ibsen's classic text with great respect for Ibsen's story and character descriptions, but with a wish to place this within the expression of puppetry. In Ibsen's original text Nora states that her children have been as dolls to her. In Kattas' version the children are puppets. Whereas Torvald Helmer uses a blossoming, playful language in Ibsen's text, he finds himself with larks and squirrels in his hands in the Kattas performance.

A Doll's House is about humans in the age of materialism. It is not easy to know whether people rule the things or are ruled by them. The puppeteers/performers who play the roles of A Doll's House find themselves with puppets or objects in their hands, puppets and objects they need to give life in their despairing attempts to communicate with one another."

A Doll's House (2011) by The Puppetry Company Kattas Figurteater Ensemble was supported by The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA, travel grant/performing arts).


Facebook, facebook.com, 12.01.2012, https://www.facebook.com/kattasfigurteater

The culture centre of Nøtterøy Kulturhus, notteroy.kulturhus.no, 12.01.2012, http://www.notteroy.kulturhus.no/index.php?id=432

Press coverage

Bergens Tidende:

"Different, entertaining and fascinating Ibsen"


"(…) there is a lot to find joy in, perhaps particularly for those who do not know A Doll's House inside and out!"