|Kristofer Gummerus||Peer Gynt|
In July 2005 the Royal Academy of Arts contacts Ibsen Stage Company with an aim to devise a site-specific performance based on the company’s forthcoming production of Peer Gynt as part of a joint promotion with the Edvard Munch by Himself exhibition at the gallery.
Ibsen Stage Company is delighted to work with the Royal Academy of Arts. Together with Livia Ratcliffe and Kathryn Havelock from the Academy’s marketing department, they discuss and decide how to facilitate a site-specific event with maximum effect. In the end the production is performed on various levels of the Norman Shaw staircase in the gallery.
In an interview with norway.org.uk Livia Ratcliffe elaborated:
«Kathryn and I were keen to explore the link between Munch and Ibsen for our rolling programme of late night Friday events and having met Dale Teater Kompani [Ibsen Stage Company] we understood that they were an authentic, grass roots company with a great reputation for staging their own adaptations of Ibsen. We thought it could be an interesting collaboration, which it proved to be. The performances were extremely well received by the public - we had some excellent feedback.»
Ibsen Stage Company’s artistic director, Terje J Tveit, added:
«It was a challenge and a privilege to adapt the staging for this beautiful space. Livia suggested the idea at one of our early meetings and thanks to her and Kathryn’s enthusiasm for the project, it proved to be a great success.»