Opening performance

“Tell me, then, where was my real self, complete and true, the Peer who bore the stamp of God upon his brow?” This quote comes from Peer Gynt, the play in verse by Henrik Ibsen. This year  marks the 150th anniversary of the play’s premiere. During the intervening years, an entire world has come to know the adventurer from Gudbrandsdalen who knocked about from the glacial horn of Jotunheimen to remote destinations in search of  his own identity. The questions that Ibsen asks are universal and when the Indian Bollywood star and Festival Director Ila Arun staged Peer Gynt at the Ibsen festival in Mombai, the play proved that it is still relevant today. At Maihaugsalen, Ila Arun meets the Norwegian actor Kåre Conradi in an Ibsenian dialogue in Hindi and Norwegian.

In this year’s opening performance, the Indian authors, Jerry Pinto and Tishani Doshi, will also take part, along with their Norwegian colleagues, Ragnar Hovland and Gro Dahle. We will meet the Indian percussionist, Trilok Gurtu, in a duo with Nils Petter Molvær, the dancer, Sudesh Adhana, with excerpts from Sølvi Edvardsen’s “MAN” and UNITY-Crew, a group of young dancers from the X-Ray youth centre in Oslo performing with dancers from the L&G Dansesenter.

Awarding of the Dobloug Prize

Official opening with the Norwegian Minister of Culture, Linda Hofstad Helleland.

When:Tuesday 30. May at 19:00
Price:330 kr
Info:The performance will be in Norwegian and English


Ila Arun

Ila Arun is an Indian Actress, TV-personality and singer. She hosted the Ibsen Festival in Mumbai, establishing connections here in Norway. Her most recent hit was from the soundtrack to the Oscar winning film, Slumdog Millionaire. More >

Kåre Conradi

Kåre Conradi er en norsk skuespiller. Han er utdannet ved Statens teaterhøgskole og London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art i London.  More >

Jerry Pinto

Jerry Pinto is a poet, novelist and journalist living in Mumbai. His latest book EM and the big HOOM, is about growing up in Goa as a catholic with a mentally ill mother. Amithav Ghosh wrote about the book: “Em and The Big Hoom is a profoundly moving book: I cannot remember when I last read something as touching as this.” Jerry Pinto will stay at Bjærkebek in May, and he will have a leading role during the festival.     More >

Tishani Doshi

Tishani Doshi ia a poet, essayist and dancer.  She is one of the most important English-language, Indian poets of her time. At the festival she will present her poem Girls, which deals with sexualised violence against women in India More >

Ragnar Hovland

Ragnar Hovland er en norsk forfatter, dramatiker og oversetter. Han er utdannet cand.philol med engelsk, fransk og litteratur fra Universitetet i Bergen. Han debuterte som forfatter i 1979 med romanen Alltid fleire dagar.  More >

Trilok Gurtu band

Trilok Gurtu band plays  a jazz and fusion mix with inspiration from Indien.

Trilok Gurtu, a world class, virtuoso percussionist
Jesse Milliner, piano and keyboards
Christian Kappe, trumpet 
Jonathan Ihlenfeld Cuniado, bass

Trilok Gurtu was born into a highly musical family in Bombay, India where his grandfather was a noted Sitar player and his mother Shobha Gurtu, a classical singing star and constant influence. He began to play practically from infancy at the age of six. Eventually Trilok traveled to Europe, joining up with trumpeter Don More >

Nils Petter Molvær

Få norske artister har hatt en karriere som Nils Petter Molvær. Han er en av de ledende musikerne i nordic jazz kategorien, og man hører straks at det er Molvær som spiller. Hans merittliste er lang som et uår og det virker ikke som han har tenkt å gi seg med det første. More >

Sudesh Adhana

Sudesh Adhana was born in Faridabad, India, but now lives in Norway.  He is a choreographer and freelance dancer.  He is trained in Kathakali – a form of Indian dance-theater associated with southwestern region of India. More >

Gro Dahle

Gro Dahle has established herself as one of Norway’s most important poets and writers. She has written books across numerous genres and won several literary prises, including the Bragerprisen for best children’s book in 2002, The Culture Department’s prize for children’s and youth literature in 2004, as well as in 2011, along with the prize for best illustration for the book, Håpe sa gåsa. In 2014 she delivered the picture book, Akvarium. 2015 saw the release of both Amerika and Megzilla, and in 2016 Blekkspruten and Søster. More >

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