International Ibsen Conference, Rome 2006

Three-Dimensional Ibsen: Politics, Feminism and the Stage


Maria Valeria d'AvinoLiterary Translator, Italy
Paola BonoUniversita di Roma, Tre, Italy
Audun EngelstadHøgskolen i Innlandet, Norway
Alessandro FambriniUniversita di Trento, Italy
Fulvio FerrariUniversita di Trento, Italy
Margareta GarpeTV and theatre director, Sweden
Michela de GiorgioUniversita di Roma, Tre "Tor Vergata", Italy
Frode HellandUniversitetet i Oslo, Norway
Karin HoffUniversität Bonn, Germany
Live HovKøbenhavns Universitet, Denmark
Atle KittangUniversitetet i Bergen, Norway
Unni LangåsUniversitetet i Agder, Norway
Toril MoiUniversity of Columbia, US
Lutz RühlingChristian-Albrechts-Univsersität zu Kiel, Germany
Helge RønningUniversitetet i Oslo, Norway
Bia SarasiniJournalist, DeA - Donne e Altri, Italy
Astrid SætherUniversitetet i Oslo, Norway
Maria Vittoria TessitoreUniversita di Roma, Tre, Italy
Terje J TveitTheatre director, Ibsen Stage Company, UK
Lucio VillariUniversita di Roma, Tre, Italy
Vanna ZaccaroUniversita di Bari, Italy
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Ibsen Stage Company's non-naturalistic productions

On 17 January 2006 Ibsen Stage Company's production of Little Eyolf opens the Ibsen anniversary, Ibsen Year 2006, at the Riverside Studios in London by invitation of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, UK. The premiere is introduced by Dame Vanessa Redgrave.

Complimenting the standard of work, Michael Billington in The Guardian calls for a more conventional and traditional staging of Ibsen’s drama. National critic Timothy Ramsden, however, praises the production as exciting, innovative and insightful along with a handful of other critics including Professor Laura Caretti of the University of Siena.

The production of Little Eyolf is complemented by weekly Ibsen talks given by two of Britain's leading Ibsen scholars, Professor Gunilla Anderman of the University of Surrey and Dr. Marie Wells of University College London. Ibsen Stage Company also hosts an Ibsen seminar chaired by Dr. Marie Wells. Speakers include Professor Laura Caretti of the University of Siena, Italy; Professor Frode Helland of the University of Oslo, Associate Professor Anne Marie Rekdal of the University of Volda, Norway; and Professor Janet Garton of the University of East Anglia.

The production of Little Eyolf is invited to guest-perform at Teatret Vårt in Molde, Norway, and also performs as part of the Ibsen celebrations in Ålesund the same year. Professor Laura Caretti reviews the production in Hystrio, one of Italy’s leading theatre publications.

In the autumn of 2006, Ibsen Stage Company's artistic director, Terje J Tveit, is invited to speak at the the International Ibsen Conference in Rome, Three-Dimensional Ibsen: Politics, Feminism and the Stage. The conference is opened by the Norwegian foreign secretary Jonas Gahr Støre.

Terje J Tveit presents his paper Ibsen and the Curse of the Corset in which he explicates and contextualises Ibsen Stage Company's non-naturlistic approach to Ibsen's work.