Skien International Ibsen Conferenc 2014

Day I: The International Ibsen Award 2014: acceptance Speech by Peter Handke and discussions on his writing and theatre work.
Day II:How are classical dramas used to comment on contemporary societies and settings?

Peter Handke

Hans-Thies Lehmann

Fabjan Hafner

Roundtable discussion between Peter Handke, Claus Peymann, Friederike Heller and Katharina Pektor

Zlatko Pakovic

Tania Pires

Cristina Modreanu

Omer Krieger

I hate theatre. I love pornography by Zoukak Theatre Company

Alexsis. A Greek tragedy by Motus

Min(d)ing Ibsen. An enemy of the people meets the people by Korina Vasileiadou, Charis Pechlivanidis and Giorgos Toulas


Day I:
Acceptance speech by winner of the International Ibsen Award 2014, Peter Handke.

The Norwegian novelist, Karl Ove Knausgård gave a speech titled: Peter Handke and singularity.

The German theatre scholar Hans-Thies Lehmann spoke on the subject "Poetic text and Stage - reflections on Peter Handke’s work."
Fabjan Hafner, Austrian writer and scholar, famousfor his book (Peter Handke. Heading for the Ninth Country) focused his lecture on political and
autobiographical aspects of Handke’s writing, with a special attention to Immer noch Sturm (Storm still).

The first day concludend with a roundtable discussion between Peter Handke, Claus Peymann, Friederike Heller and Katharina Pektor.

Day II:
How are classical dramas used to comment on contemporary societies and settings?

Presentation of winners of Ibsen Scholarships 2014:
Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People as a Brecht’s teaching-play by Zlatko Paković from Serbia.
Ibsen's Venuses by Tânia Pires from Brazil.
Hedda’s sisters. Empowering Women Theatre Artists in Romania and Eastern Europe by Cristina  Modreanu from Romania.

Omer Kriger
Art and the state: performative practices in public space.

Omer Krieger is an artist and curator who composes performative actions, political situations, forms of assembly and civic choreographies in public spaces, in Israel and internationally. Krieger studies the public experience and the performance of the state, and is interested in the relations between art, citizenship, politics and action. Co-founder of the performative research body Public Movement, Krieger has served for the last four years as artistic director of Under the Mountain: New Public Art Festival, as part of the Jerusalem Season of Culture. New Public Art in Jerusalem, a book edited by Tea Tupajic, compiling actions from the first three years of the festival, was published earlier this year by Public School Editions.

I hate theatre. I love pornography
Curated performance by Zoukak Theatre Company, Lebanon.

A showing off sketches: The result of a 3 week laboratory in Beirut/Skien and a collaboration between Zoukak Tehatre Company and Ibsen Awards.
The group has been working on dissecting Ibsen’s texts: An Enemy of the people and Pillars of Society as a framework to execute a theatrical investigation on the will, existence and effectiveness of the agency of the individual in today’s Lebanese and Syrian societies. In the initial face aiming to re- write Ibsen’s texts in the context of today’s Syro-Lebanese political situation, the period of the laboratory have been focused on how the individual negotiates the ironies behind social systems that have a veneer of stability, but are in fact damaged and torn from within.

Alexsis. A Greek tragedy
Guest performance by Motus, Italy.

In 2008, 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos became an icon of youthful rebellion after he was shot by a policeman - triggering an unprecedented storm of protests against the corrupted political system in Greece. In their continued search for a modern Antigone in present-day resistance, Motus emerges with this documentary theatre piece of uncompromising theatricality. Alexis is their poetic call to action.

Min(d)ing Ibsen: An Enemy of the People meets the People
Ibsen Scholarship winner 2013. Lecture performance presented by Korina Vasileiadou, Charis Pechlivanidis and Giorgos Toulas.

A lecture-performance of “Min(d)ing Ibsen. An Enemy of the People meets the People” by its two directors and one of its  performer. In “Min(d)ing Ibsen. An Enemy of the People meets the People” Ibsen’s masterpiece "An Enemy of the People" was used to shed light on the controversial issue of gold mining in Skouries, Greece. In the middle of an acute financial, social and humanitarian crisis, the project searched for what a citizen would sacrifice in order to survive or, in other words, what they considered fundamental in order to thrive. Classic form of realistic theatre blended with documentary theatre. The performers were both actors, caring out selected scenes from Ibsen’s text, as well as non-actors who contributed with their knowledge and experience on stage regarding the ambiguous mining in Chalkidiki. The performance was staged in the City Hall of Thessaloniki, arising controversy as to where theatre stage ends and where political stage begins.

PHOTO: Hans Georg Andersen