WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY!

ABOUT WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY!

“I carry you within me like a pearl.”
Simon, the new Theologian

 

What a Glorious Day!, is inspired by the life and works of the Norwegian artist Bendik Riis. While his work may not be well-known internationally, his story speaks to us all about the fundamental aspects of being human. We explore the intimacy and protection of the home, both as a physical and social space, and the anxiety and vulnerability that can emerge when we are unwillingly separated from it.

 

Riis had a contradictory and troublesome public life, and on several occasions he carried out seemingly bizarre and aberrant stunts in the streets of his hometown, which was one of the reasons he was committed to a mental institution. This piece challenges us to reconsider our perceptions of normality, and asks us if there is no room for innocence, naïveté, and simple joys in society.

 

It is a power stronger than will…. Could a stone escape from the laws of gravity? Impossible. Impossible, for evil to form an alliance with good.”

Isidore Ducasse

Concept and director

Lars Øyno

Actors

Hanne Dieserud
Camilla Vislie
Ivar Ørn Sverrisson
Jimmie Jonasson
Live Marianne Noven (2016)
Brendan McCall (2016)

Music

Lars T. Pedersen

Costumes

Gjøril Bjercke Sæther

Lighting

Jan Skomakerstuen

Scenography

Tormod Lindgren

Year

2011