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.

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