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THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS

"Fjellkonan" was found in Iceland in 2004, it has the richest find of jewelery and pearls ever made in Iceland. Many different voices are asking: Who was this woman? The audience is presented with real information about the find and archaeological practice, Viking Age knowledge and man's inherent desire to find the truth. A performance questioning the idea that our history is verity.

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"The Archaeologists" is a story about the past, present and future. In the tension between thoughts and interpretations, historical and personal truth, professional and private life, a tug-of-war between four archaeologists is played out. 

We meet four archaeologists at a congress in Iceland. There is Clara (55), guest professor at the University of Akureyri, there is Unn (35), excavation manager with knowledge of the latest methods in technology, there is the glass expert Bjørn (55) who lives in the USA, and Andreas (55) who is head of the Oseberg center in Vestfold. These four meet in the conference hall, but are later also drawn out into the Icelandic landscape, to find answers related to the image of a pearl that Clara has received.

In the nature, the four archaeologists are confronted with a large find of jewelery and pearls, and the remains of what turns out to be a woman. The special thing about the find is that the woman was not buried, but was actually found dead amongst stones in the mountain.

For each of the four, this finding raises fundamental questions related to their work as researchers, and not least in relation to life and relationships with other people. Who knows the truth? Can multiple interpretations exist in parallel, as in art, or is our common history subject to a demand for truth? Through strong encounters with each other, nature and history, the four are forced to take new positions on how they live and think.

 

With "The Archaeologists", Teigen once again went across the established theatrical hierarchy. The only thing she brought to her first meeting with the actors was a story about a man's excitement to join his archaeologist friend at work. Based on this, she developed an exciting scenic and professional thriller that revealed layer upon layer the characters' relationship to history and reality.

TEAM

LENE THERESE TEIGEN
Text, director
TORMOD LINDGREN
Scenography, video
CHRISTINA LINDGREN
Costumes
LEIF WINTHER
Music, sound design
ERIK SPETS SANDVIK
Light desing
HALLDIS HOAAS
Dramaturg
KJERSTI POSTI HØGLI

FRANK LIE

SYLVIA SALVESEN

JAN Ø. WIIG

LEIF WINTHER

Actors

 

PREMIERE
28 february 2007
Teater Ibsen, Skien

 

Also presented at LA MAMA Theatre in Melbourne, 16. mars 2013, directed by Rosemary Johns

IN COLLABORATION WITH
Teater Ibsen 

TRANSLATION
Engelsk
 

PUBLICATIONS
Transit Forlag 2008

REVIEWS
"The performance is ambitious and original, by form and content" 
Elisabeth Rygg, Aftenposten, 2 mars 2007

"Ordrikt og originalt"

"The most interesting and exciting part of the performance is the speculation - yes almost the arguments about who this Viking woman could have been? Was she running from someone, or was she lost? The speculation uses Teigen to reveal how vanity and gender role thinking also govern academic researchers. The truth is a fragile victim of interpretation.”

Lisa Kristin Strindberg, NRK Radio, 19.03.2007

SAMTALE TEIGEN OG HALLDIS HOAAS

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