Footfalls - en natt ved horisonten* (Footfalls - a night by the horizon)

Footfalls - en natt ved horisonten* (Footfalls - a night by the horizon) (1991) was a theatre production by House of Stories based on Samuel Beckett's Footfalls, Gunnar Ekelöf's En natt ved horisonten (literally: A night by the horizon) and the hellfire sermon from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.

Information

(Objekt ID 29688)
Object type Production
Premiere February 1991
Produced by House of Stories
In collaboration with The National Stage
Based on Footfalls by Samuel Beckett; En Natt Ved Horisonten by Gunnar Ekelöf; A portrait of the artist as a young man by James Joyce
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Expressions Theatre
Running period February 1991  
Website House OF stories
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In Footfalls - en natt ved horisonten* (Footfalls - a night by the horizon) by House of Stories the hellfire sermon from Portrait of the Artists as a Young Man by James Joyce is presented in a recorded version by Jon Ketil Johnsen.

Liv Heløe and Marianne Ustvedt played the roles of mother and daughter.

En natt ved horisonten, fragment av abstrakt teater (literally: A night by the horizon, fragment of abstract theatre) by Gunnar Ekelöf 1927, is translated into the Norwegian by Lene Therese Teigen.

Supported by: The municipality of Bergen and The National Stage, represented by Tom Remlov, who was then artistic director/CEO.

Sources:

E-mail from Lene Therese Teigen, 18.06.2012

House of Stories, houseofstories.no, 03.08.2012, http://houseofstories.no/scenekunst/footfalls/

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.

Contributors
Name Role
Lene Therese Teigen – Adapted by
Lene Therese Teigen – Translation
Lene Therese Teigen – Direction
Tore Dimmestøl – Music
Lene Therese Teigen – Dramaturge
Lene Therese Teigen – Stage design
Cathrine Hopstock – Costume
Asbjørn Johnsen – Light
Liv Heløe – Actor (Moren)
Marianne Ustvedt – Actor (Datteren)
Jon Ketil Johnsen – Voiceover
Trond Kvist – Photo
Trude Rabben – Lighting technician
Marianne Roland – Producer
Performance dates
February 1991Visningsrommet USF – Worldwide premiere
Press coverage

Janne Aass, Dybde i ubegripelighet (literally; Depth in incomprehensibility), 14.02.1991, Klassekampen [Oslo]:
"The epic form has reached ground zero, the will to live is back. This is Beckett. Liv Heløe acts with great precision and strict discipline. [...] The compilation of Beckett/Ekeløf [...] has become an experience of rare calibre, a courageous project with a nice balance to it. Much of the art lies in the emptiness creating depth in the spectator."

Sissel Hamre Dagsland, Tom, hvit tretthet (literally: Empty, white tiredness), 09.02.1991, Bergens Tidende [Bergen]:
"Used like this the stage room becomes a theatre arena of great effect, with the audience in the back of the room, turned towards the glass walls, making the dark of the night, the black fjord Byfjorden and the lights at the island Askøy part of the stage design. Inside everything is white and cold, as ice and snow. [...] completely tuned direction and stage design [...] The result is most like a dramatised, staged recitation."