Ibsen in one take (CN)
From the Bejing theatre Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental: Ibsen In One Take – both recounting the story of Ibsen's life and reflecting on our digital world.
The production tells a bittersweet story about a lonely man who is alienated from friends and family by a father who is trying to subdue him.
Ibsen in One Take weaves together the themes and characters from Ibsen’s drama with quotations from his texts, that have long been well known in China. Ibsen's thematic landscape has deep resonance in modern China: Individuals' struggle to find their place in the family and in society, despite the gap between generations and rapid social change.
The Norwegian playwright Ida Fiksum lives in Beijing and has written the English text the show is based on. Director Wang Chong is the artistic director of Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental, and his approach challenges Chinese traditions of drama. He creates a movie, live on stage. The process on stage is filmed throughout the hour-long performance, and the audience witnesses two stories unfolding simultaneously: the film crew and film appearing on the screen. The camera introduces a new perspective on a world of subtle details; it deepens the relationship between the characters. The director wants the multimedia part to reflect something of the digital world that surrounds us.
Produced by: Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental. Script: Oda Fiskum. Director: Wang Chong. Composer: Li Yangfan. Costume design: Jin Ran. Scenography: Dou Hui. Video directors: Liang Anzheng, Yang Fan. Sound design: Zhang Yuelong. Producer: Inger Buresund. Production manager: Wang Chong, Li Yi. Lighting design: Liu Shuchang. Dramaturg: Hege Randi Tørressen. Translation: Liu Chen, Wang Chong.