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CHRISTOPHOROS

Teigen has not only delved into female playwrights through the DeSK project, she has also contributed to several projects about with the playwritght Tore Ørjasæter's theater practice.

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Tore Ørjasæter (1886-1968) was a Norwegian writer from the village Skjåk, he was also Lene Therese Teigen's grand uncle.

CHRISTOPHOROS

In 2005 Lene Therese Teigen directed a staged reading of Ørjasæter's most renowned play "Christophoros" in Øyer church. There were local amateurs, as well as fiddler Mari Skjeie Ljones from Lom who played "Kristen Fangje" and a number of professionals actors.

The following day, Teigen lectured on Ørjasæter as a playwright, "Dramatikeren Tore Ørjasæter - the innovative will" in a seminar open to the public, but also with a number of literary scholars, etc. present. She walked the audience through his entire dramatic career and but it into theatre historical context.

 

In 2011, she also gave a lecture in Ørjasæter's hometown, with actor Endre Skjåk, who did a reading of extracts from Ørjasæter's plays together with Teigen.

 

PLAYWRIGHT AND POET

Ørjasæter wrote four plays, and it lead to several professional versions at Det Norske Teatret, a theatre close to him as it is the only theatre with nynorsk as main language. 

 

Jo Gjende, 1917 (staged at Det Norske Teatret i 1924 and 1941 and at Den Nationale Scene in 1952)

Anne på Torp (Det Norske Teatret 1933)

Christophoros (Det Norske Teatret i 1948 and 1959)

Den Lange Bryllaupsreisa (Det Norske Teatret 1950)

Brudekrona – for amateur theatre 1956 (?)

 

It is said that Ørjasæter knew "The Ghost Sonata" by heart, as a fascination of August Strindberg's later plays, the symbolic drama - and marked (amongst the latest plays of Ibsen) the modern breakthrough in the theater, where realism no longer was the artistic aim. 

Tore Ørjasæter writes in the literary journal Vinduet in 1949:

"According to my knowledge and judgment, there is no one who has been as inspiring in modern drama as August Strindberg. - Not least in his unnatural plays such as The Chost sonata and Advent. And today he himself is more modern than ever before.”

TEAM

TORE ØRJASÆTER
Playwright
LENE THERESE TEIGEN
Director
ANITRA TERESE ERIKSEN
MORTEN ESPELAND
HALLVARD LYDVO
HANS RØNNINGEN
IRENE WAAGE
INGUNN ØYEN

Actors
INGER JOHANNE BYHRING
Light design
MARI SKEIE LJONES
Musician

ØYER KOMMUNE
Organizer

 

PREMIERE

Øyer church, 2005

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