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Henrik Ibsen

The Lady from the Sea

Original title: Fruen fra havet

Director

Tin Grabnar

Opening night

23 November 2019
Main Stage

Duration:

145 minutes inc. interval

Here by the rocks a mermaid lies, half-dead. She has wandered hither from the sea and can’t find her way out again. And so, you see, she lies there dying in the brackish water.

Such is the inner image of a woman living torn between a predictable family life routine and her unfulfilled ideals. She has everything that is treasured in our society as a condition for a carefree and serene life. She has a loving husband, great wealth, agreeable family environment and a stable everyday life. She has all the conditions to be happy. Yet she is torn apart deep down inside. She is driven by an an unfulfilled desire to break predictable social patterns and venture into the unknown. She is being pulled out into the open sea. Torn between reality and fantasy she is slowly pining away. Increasingly, she is turning into someone whom people want to see in her. She lives as is expected of her. She has supressed her longing and succumbed to conformism. In a little while, she will be completely domesticated.
Ellida is a member of a family living in a small Scandinavian town, practically cut off from the world. A foreigner rarely ventures into the magnificent fjords, steep cliffs and windswept hills. Her hometown in the north comes to life only in summer, when it gets busy with holidaymakers and the slow steamboats begin to promise that there is somewhere far away a better and more beautiful life. Steamboats bring hope. This summer the family will be visited by a family friend and former tutor of the children, Mr Arnholm. His arrival will slowly disclose the veils of a mysterious past and reveal a suppressed family story, resembling a psychological thriller in which all relations are firmly interwoven.
Ibsen, the great master of Norwegian drama, centred his story referring to Norwegian mythology around the subject of a partnership relationship. Wild images of Scandinavian landscape are punctuated by an analysis of psychological mechanisms of love. Using methodically arranged couples, it enables our reflection on various aspects of living in a partnership. Why does one want to live one’s life as a couple? What are the social circumstances that condition our choices like? Torn between their internal instincts and social pressures the protagonists of our story try to find the answers for themselves.

Tin Grabnar

Creators

Creative team

AUTHORS OF ADAPTATION

Tin Grabnar, Brina Klampfer, Urša Majcen

Drama Igralec: Tin Grabnar, Brina Klampfer, Urša Majcen | odpri ustvarjalca

TRANSLATOR

Darko Čuden

Drama Igralec: Darko Čuden | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Brina Klampfer

Drama Igralec: Brina Klampfer | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER

Mateja Starič

Drama Igralec: Mateja Starič | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNERS

Dorian Šilec Petek, Sara Slivnik

Drama Igralec: Dorian Šilec Petek, Sara Slivnik | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Sara Smrajc Žnidarčič

Drama Igralec: Sara Smrajc Žnidarčič | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Kristjan Vidner

Drama Igralec: Kristjan Vidner | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Klasja Kovačič

Drama Igralec: Klasja Kovačič | odpri ustvarjalca

MIME CONSULTANT

Klemen Janežič

Drama Igralec: Klemen Janežič | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT DRAMATURG

Urša Majcen

Drama Igralec: Urša Majcen | odpri ustvarjalca

MUSIC PERFORMED BY

Matjaž Krivec, Marko Brdnik

Drama Igralec: Matjaž Krivec, Marko Brdnik | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Bojan EmeršičDrama Igralec: Bojan Emeršič | odpri igralca

Doctor Wangel

Pia ZemljičDrama Igralec: Pia Zemljič | odpri igralca

Ellida Wangel, his second wife

Tina VrbnjakDrama Igralec: Tina Vrbnjak | odpri igralca

Bolette, his elder daughter from a previous marriage

Doroteja Nadrah

Hilda, his younger daughter from a previous marriage

Rok ViharDrama Igralec: Rok Vihar | odpri igralca

Arnholm, headmaster of a school

Luka Bokšan

Lyngstrand

Klemen JanežičDrama Igralec: Klemen Janežič | odpri igralca

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