Kristin Lavransdatter

Kristin Lavransdatter (1994) was a theatre production by The Norwegian Touring Theatre in collaboration with Visjoner Teater and LOOC/The Lillehammer Olympics 1994. Kristin Lavransdatter was based on the novel trilogy by Sigrid Undset, in a theatrical adaption by Kristin Olsoni. The production went on a tour in Norwegian sports halls the winter of 1994, with its tour opening at Lillehammer during the Olympics, January 30.

Kristin Olsoni directed the production.

Juni Dahr played the title role.

Reidar Sørensen played the role of Erlend.

Odd Furøy played a number of clerical roles. This became his last theatre production. He died suddenly after the performance run at Lillehammer.


(Objekt ID 629)
Object type Production
Premiere January 30, 1994
Produced by Visjoner Teater, The Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret)
Based on Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
Audience Adults
Audience size 17309
Number of events 58
Language Norwegian
Keywords Theatre, Drama
Running period January 30, 1994  

At the webpage of Visjoner Teater the following, among other things, is written about Kristin Lavransdatter:

"The Kristin Lavransdatter production was invited as a visiting performance by several producers internationally after 1994. The Norwegian Touring Theatre didn't wish to continue the whole production. On the occasion of an invitation from Rome in 1995, Juni Dahr and the musicians Arild Andersen and Tore Brunborg went together as a trio, the text was developed and translated into the English, and Lille Kristin was developed, in collaboration between Juni Dahr and the musicians Arild Andersen and Tore Brunborg, with a simplified stage design/lighting design/coordination by Aimee Malthe Harnes. Lighting: Marianne Thallaug Wedseth/Stian Lindquist.

Kristin Olsoni's theatrical adaption of Sigrid Undset's great work puts the emphasis on Kristin and the conflict between her strong will and God's will, with sensual love in conflict with spiritual love. The interpretation of the Kristin character is done through a strong physical expression and a direct form of acting. Music conveys action and is interwoven with movement and words in Kristin's life. This also gives room for the spectators to use their imagination.

Visiting performances abroad:

Rome, Washington, New York, San Francisco, US Midwest, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg, Stockholm, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Kiel, St. Petersburg, Torshavn.

The production was given a gold medal during the international theatre festival in St. Petersburg in 1999.

This version of Kristin Lavransdatter is performed in churches, and has been performed in Nidaros Cathedral, Old Aker Church in Oslo, the sister churches in Hadeland, Bodin Church, Ringsaker Church, Trondenes Church in Harstad, the church ruin at Nes, Stavanger Cathedral, St. Mary's Church in Bergen, Selje Church, Skaun Church, Bjærkebæk at Lillehammer, Sel Church.

Juni Dahr received the award Kristinprisen (The Kristin Award) in Sel in 2005.

In 2006, collaboration with The Trondheim Soloists, and the music was arranged for a concert performance in Nidaros Cathedral.

The production is performed on request."


Einar Dahl's private archive, donated by Einar Dahl, 2014.12.01

Visjoner Teater,, 06.08.2013,

Report on the cultural priorities during the 1994 Olympics,, 08.03.2017,

Performance dates
January 30, 1994Riksteatret, The Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret) Worldwide premiere
Festivals (1)