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BELL CHECK 

A political documentary putting working conditions in the early days of the Norwegian oil adventure on the agenda.

Bell-check is the name of the safety procedure the divers goes through before leaving the bell and entering the water.
 

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A political documentary by Barske Glæder about the efforts divers made to have gas pipelines laid down to a depth of 360 meters, at the beginning of the oil adventure in Norway. It turned out that diving at such great depths had disastrous consequences for the divers' physical and psychological health and a reduced quality of life The state and the oil companies waived all responsibility. Towards the end of the 90s, the divers organised, and several brought a case against the state.

Teigen's program article for "Bell Check":

"Bell Check" is documentary theater in the sense that everything that is said from the stage is taken from reality. From reports, specialist books, interviews with divers and other professionals. We don't make this up. But we choose what we say, and we choose the order in which it is said. The researcher who speaks from the stage is a fictional person even if she touches on the actor's personality. But what she says is taken from real people's lives and experiences. Why do we choose to express ourselves in this way? What made us choose to use the theater form? What does the theater form do with the material?

We can show parts of a large whole and we can point to connections. We can do all this without having been given a mandate, without being ordered by anyone. We wanted to create a theater performance about the pioneer divers in the North Sea. Why? We want to shed light. We want to create friction. We want an audience that asks questions. Our goal has been to create a background for important questions to be asked. That new questions can be formulated. Questions that affect everyone in Norwegian society.

Det Norske Teatret about the perfomance:

"In the 60s, Norway was a small, barren country on the edge of Europe. During the 70s and 80s, the country became one of the richest in the world. The Norwegian oil adventure is about the continental shelf, the dividing line and Jens Evensen, Phillips and Statoil. The pioneer divers were tough guys with high salaries. But who has heard the voices of those boys who did the rough work down on the seabed?"

 

TEAM

LENE THERESE TEIGEN
Director, dramaturg
JANNE CATHRIN LANGAAS
Text
MARIANNE THALLAUG WEDSET
Scenography, light design
MERETE BOSTRØM
Scenography, costumes
TOV RAMSTAD
Sound design and music
AASE-HILDE BREKKE
Video, film
JANNE LANGAAS
Actor

AURORA CALMEYER
AKSEL TEIGEN BREISTRAND

Children in video
BARSKE GLÆDER PRODUKSJONER
Producer

 

PREMIERE

November 19, 2010

Det Norske Teatret, Oslo

IN COLLABORATION WITH
Produced by Barske Glæder and Janne Langaas. Co-producer: Det Norske Teatret

SUPPORTED BY
Norsk Kulturråd, Fritt Ord, Spenn and Fond for utøvende kunstnere.


PUBLICATIONS

Programme text
 

REVIEWS

En politisk dokumentar 
Ida Lou Larsen, Klassekampen 22.11.10

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