Elephant Stories

Elephant Stories by Tore Vagn Lid/Transiteatret-Bergen was a confrontation with our lives’ ideals. Are consciousness just electrical impulses in the brain? Do women become invisible when they turn 50? What is the correlation between bio medicine, lifestyle industry and "the freedom to choose"?


(Objekt ID 305)
Object type Production
Premiere May 28, 2009
Produced by Tore Vagn Lid/Transiteatret Bergen, Bergen International Festival, The National Theatre
Based on On Animals by Elfriede Jelinek
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Expressions Multidisciplinary, Musical theatre, Theatre, Movie, Post-dramatic theatre
Running period May 28, 2009  
Website Transiteatret-Bergen

Requirements to venue

Blackout Yes

In Elephant Stories by Tore Vagn Lid/Transiteatret-Bergen, our modern understanding of ourselves was tested.

The project was put together as a scenic-musical dialogue – an exchange – between two theatre materials, the Nobel winner Elfriede Jelinek’s play On Animals (German title: Über Tiere) and Tore Vagn Lid’s Passacaglia. Passacaglia is also the term for a dramaturgic and musical principle in which a repeated fundamental theme is challenged by a stream of counter-voices.

Elephant Stories by Tore Vagn Lid/Transiteatret-Bergen became a dialogic relay in which actors, instrumentalists, choristers and loudspeakers take part.


Transiteatret-Bergen, transiteatret.com, 01.08.2010, http://www.transiteatret.com/elephantintro.html

Performance dates
September 4, 2009Amfiscenen – New opening
May 28, 2009 – Worldwide premiere
Press coverage

"Great will, lack of shape" "I feel overloaded" Jan Landro (2009, 30.05). Bergens Tidende

"With its use of audiovisual effects, film and sound recordings, one can safely say that Tore Vagn Lid with ”Elephant Stories” lifts his particular form of total theatre to a new level." Nils Olav Sæverås (29.05.2009), Elephant Stories, Bergensavisen.no, 01.08.2010, http://www.ba.no/puls/article4364680.ece