Saturday, May 25, 2019
Waiting is a symphonic Passion to the music of Edvard Grieg. Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgård has created a modern Solveig in a poetic novella, and this forms a backdrop for the performance. The director is Catalan, Calixto Bieito, who is renowned for his innovative productions of famous works, and earlier stagings in connection with the Bergen International Festival
‘The theme of “Waiting” is the inescapable of the loneliness of the human being, and the little details and stories that make up our existence,’ says the director.
The role of Solveig is played by Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen, accompanied Tivoli Copenhagen Phil and sixteen singers from DKDM Chamber Choir under the baton of Eivind Gullberg Jensen. Video design is by Sarah Derendinger, whose merits include the opening of the London Olympics. And Peer? He may turn up, but in an uncredited role.
Waiting is an international co-production. After the world premiere in Bergen it will tour the Nordic countries and Europe.<7>
‘Above me some crows came flying inland. More followed, and soon the air was black with birds. It was like a carpet of flesh, I thought, with beautiful shifting patterns in blue and black, which dissolved the next instant …’ – KARL OVE KNAUSGÅRD
Waiting is an international coproduction, premiered at Bergen International Festival on May 22. 2019. I will later be stages at Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Vilnius Festival.
Photo: Stephen Gill / from series and book: The Pillar / 2015 - 2019