White-Bear-King-Valemon

Premiére date16 Apr. 2016
Produced byThe Norwegian Theatre
Based onWhite-Bear-King-Valemon by
AudienceChildren
LanguageNorwegian Nynorsk
ExpressionsPerformance for children , Fairytale
Running period16 Apr. 2016  
WebsiteDet Norske Teatret

About White-Bear-King-Valemon

White-Bear-King-Valemon (2016) is a theatre production for children by The Norwegian Theatre. It is based on Norwegian folk tales, in a theatrical adaptation by Ola E. Bø and Mari Moen. The production is performed at the theatre's main stage.

Ingrid Weme Nilsen directs it.

Silje Lundblad and Morten Svartveit play the roles of the girl and the prince.

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    Press review

    Lillian Bikset, I Kvitebjørn Kong Valemon stiller kjærligheten større krav til jente enn til gutt (literally: In White-Bear-King-Valemon, love demands more of the girl than the boy), Dagbladet April 16 2016:

    "An unhappy man, the enchanted prince Valemon (Morten Svartveit) needs to be saved by a woman's love. There are two candidates: The girl, so sacrificing she is not even assigned a name (Silje Lundblad) and the witch, so self-obsessed that she probably won't let herself be called by one (Hans Rønningen). All three of them are lonely people. (…) Both the images and the sound play are far more beautiful than the morals and the message, in this theatre production. In its form traditional theatre tricks (so-called black theatre or darkened marionette puppetry) and modern special effects (including very conscious use of lighting and colour) meet. (...) The way the bear is made is nothing less than impressive, and the precision when cups, pot and rolling pin are managed by black-clad actors hidden in the stage dark will likely also fascinate many. I'm not sure the story will fascinate as much. Fairytales have always had an educating effect, with a clear message. There is no doubt who is meant as an ideal and who is meant as a warning. The use of magic promotes good and evil forces at war, and underlines which values one wants to win. This White-Bear-King-Valemon knows, too. In the theatre production the girl as a child- after having heard fairytales of her own- promises that she will sacrifice herself for the sake of the prince when she grows up. Her steadfastness in this is what makes her a heroine."

    More about White-Bear-King-Valemon

    SOURCES:

    The Norwegian Theatre, www.detnorsketeatret.no, 31.05.2016, http://www.detnorsketeatret.no/framsyningar/kvitebjorn-kong-valemon/

    Import from the Scenekunst.no list of openings, 16.02.2016