What is Norway’s national epic like, seen through Solveig’s eyes? What is the story of the one who waits?
The 2019 Bergen International Festival opens with the world premiere of 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. Catalan director Calixto Bieito returns to the festival a decade after overturning Ibsen’s Peer Gynt and Brand.
‘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.
Waiting is an international co-production. After the world premiere it will tour the Nordic countries and Europe.
‘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