Melancholia II


Melancholia II

By Jon Fosse/Ymist (NO)

Can a novel find it's physical language?


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    90 minutes


    Author of the original text (Melancholia II, novel): Jon Fosse
    Actor: Morten Espeland (Ymist) 
    Director and choreographer: Erlend Samnøen (Ymist)
    Dramatization/dramaturg:  Oda  Radoor 
    Scenography and costumes:  Maja Nilsen
    Light design:  Ingeborg  Staxrud  Olerud 
    Composer: Gaute  Storsve 
    Producer: Ida Willassen
    Photo: Signe Fuglesteg  Luksengard 
    Produksjonsassistent Jon Wereide Hope
    Tekniker Alf Erik Fylkesnes
    Søm Line Jeanette Antonsen
    Forlag Colombine Teaterförlag
    Supported by: Norsk kulturråd, Fond for lyd og bilde, Tou Scene, Rosendal Teater, Fond for utøvende kunstnere, Bergesenstiftelsen, Fritt Ord, Hordaland fylkeskommune and Oslo kommune
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    Based on the book by Jon Fosse this performance is a triple portrait, attempting to embody the story and rhythm of a novel into a physical expression.

    Language: Nynorsk (Norwegian)

    Melancholia II is based on the novel with the same name by Jon Fosse.

    The story is about shame, dignity, love and death. Fosse is telling the story of Oline from a close first-person perspective, about how she experiences pain and shame, in a way that makes us feel Olines pain. It also works as a triple portrait, by portraying Oline, her artist brother and at the same time the writer himself, through the materiality, rythm and breath of the text.

    The performance Melancholia II is an attempt to embody the story and rythm of a novel into a choreographed physical expression. The actor looks at the writer, who looks at Oline, who looks at her brother. It explores the tension between contemporary dance and the actor's imagination.