Uskarp 2* (Unsharpened 2)

Uskarp 2* (Unsharpened 2) by Baktruppen was produced for The Norwegian Festival of Literature in Lillehammer in 2007.

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

Information

(Objekt ID 6089)
Object type Production
Premiere May 30, 2007
Produced by Baktruppen
Audience Adults
Number of events 2
Expressions Performance, Multidisciplinary, Post-dramatic theatre, Theatre
Running period May 30, 2007  
Website Baktruppen
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Baktruppen’s notes for Uskarp 2* (Unsharpened 2) go as follows:

"Aside from some lightly improvised lines we had two types of texts:

1
Variations over our favourite idioms, the rule number one of living for all true rear guards. They are here:

Better write a log ahead than looking back in hindsight. Better to be smart ahead than being in a lousy mood after. Better to be a horn ahead than being corn after. Better sell clothes than weather after. (Small selection of the phrases referred to here.)

(Translator's comment: The Norwegian version of the phrase better safe than sorry sounds bedre føre var enn etterpå snar, literally: Better to be prepared than being in haste after. The above phrases are increasingly nonsensical in Norwegian as well as in English.)

2
To begin with we had a hard time using literature onstage. Why is it so hard to use literature onstage during the largest literature festival in the Nordic countries? A likely hypothesis is that literature is not prioritised high enough: We know that lack of money can have literary stems dry in and rot and crumble. Hence the money disappears too, and sprouts in infertile ground die sooner than seeds going to seed.

Come to support from the government, or 'our tax money', foggy rumours and unreliable numbers, taken out of air for the sake of the argument, usually in certainty no one will remark the distance between the hollowness of the number to the cool world of reality. Many, for instance, think that there are governmental support protecting art, literature, music and other artistic expressions of high value and low marketability..."

At the webpage of Baktruppen the following, among other things, is written about Uskarp 2:

"På Gjelleråsen bodde det en mann
som var så lydhør
at han mente det måtte være
troskap mellom det folk sa om ting
og hva de sjøl sa.
Han kunne for eksempel si ting som
TING, kunne han si,
DET HØRES IKKE UT SOM NOEN VERDENS TING.
DET LÅTER MER SOM INGENTING.
HVORDAN KAN DU FORTSETTE Å GÅ RUNDT Å SI 'TING'?
TUNG ER MER KORREKT."

Literal translation:

"In Gjelleråsen there lived a man
who was so good at listening
he found there had to be
consistency in what people said about things
and what they said themselves.
He could for instance say things like
THINGS, he could say,
THAT DOES NOT SOUND LIKE ANYTHING IN THE WORLD.
IT SOUNDS MORE LIKE NOTHING.
HOW CAN YOU KEEP GOING AROUND SAYING 'THINGS'?
HEAVY IS MORE CORRECT."

Sources:

Baktruppen, 03.01.2011, http://www.baktruppen.org/

Baktruppen, www.baktruppen.org, 07.12.2012, http://www.baktruppen.org/

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

At the webpage of Baktruppen the following, among other things, is written about Uskarp 2:

"På Gjelleråsen bodde det en mann
som var så lydhør
at han mente det måtte være
troskap mellom det folk sa om ting
og hva de sjøl sa.
Han kunne for eksempel si ting som
TING, kunne han si,
DET HØRES IKKE UT SOM NOEN VERDENS TING.
DET LÅTER MER SOM INGENTING.
HVORDAN KAN DU FORTSETTE Å GÅ RUNDT Å SI 'TING'?
TUNG ER MER KORREKT."

Literal translation:

"In Gjelleråsen there lived a man
who was so good at listening
he found there had to be
consistency in what people said about things
and what they said themselves.
He could for instance say things like
THINGS, he could say,
THAT DOES NOT SOUND LIKE ANYTHING IN THE WORLD.
IT SOUNDS MORE LIKE NOTHING.
HOW CAN YOU KEEP GOING AROUND SAYING 'THINGS'?
HEAVY IS MORE CORRECT."

Sources:

Baktruppen, 03.01.2011, http://www.baktruppen.org/

Baktruppen, www.baktruppen.org, 07.12.2012, http://www.baktruppen.org/

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

Contributors
Name Role
Øyvind Berg – Performer (fra Baktruppen )
Jørgen Knudsen – Performer (fra Baktruppen )
Lise Risom Olsen – Performer (fra NONcompany)
Hans Jaran Skogen – Performer (fra NONcompany)
Worm Winther – Performer (fra Baktruppen)
Performance dates
May 31, 2007Lillehammer, Café Banken , Norsk Litteraturfestival – Show
May 30, 2007Lillehammer, Café Banken , Norsk Litteraturfestival – Worldwide premiere
Festivals