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LIFE MACHINE

Seven people's lifes are woven together; from difficult breakups to happy romances, our contemporary love structures are presented. The life machine is about our time's complicated family constellations and the consequences love and divorce can have.

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Elisabeth and Magnus are in love, Magnus' wife Vera cannot cope with being abandoned, Elisabeth's mother Eva and her partner Joachim struggle after twenty-five years, and young Julie, daughter of Vera and Magnus, wants to find their own way out of their mother's nest, helped by Elisabeth's long-time friend and colleague Bjørn.

The life machine is about how people want to be loved and about how we cope with the bumpy road called life. Some settle, others avoid conflict. What do we do to be loved, what do we do to love?


Short sequences tell the seven characters' stories, and elegantly move the story forward in time. "The life machine" is dynamic with it's short scenes, only interrupted by two long scenes with all the characters present. The different characters' lives and life choices are presented, in a style between deep seriousness and absurd, laugh-out-loud situations. Here are no familiar clichés. "The life machine" is a modern stage text, which gives a painful and naked picture of our times, and gives the audience the opportunity to laugh when the situations feels lost.

"It is a play about lives we can easily recognize ourselves in, stories and situations we have all been uncomfortably close to, in one role or another. And there is quality in the fact that the figures and stories are at the same time typical, common and yet alive, multifaceted. It is more surprising that this play must have been waiting for a stage since 2001. Our theaters are not spoiled for new Norwegian drama."

Andreas Wiese. Dagbladet 4 march 2005

TEAM

LENE THERESE TEIGEN
Director, text
CHRISTINE LOHRE
Scenography, costume design
MARIANNE THALLAUG WEDSET
Light design
HANS RØNNINGEN
Composer and actor
TROND FAUSA AURVÅG 

BENTINE HOLM

JUNE KRISTIANSEN

HANSEN LINDBÆK

ELI-ANNE LINNESTAD

GARD ØYEN

Actors
SOLVEIG JEVANORD
Graphic design
ATLE BYE
Photographer

 

PREMIERE

3 MARCH 2005

21 performances at Centralteateret, Oslo

IN COLLABORATION WITH

Oslo Nye Teater
 

SUPPORTED BY

Norsk Kulturråd
Norske Dramatikeres Forbund

 

PUBLISHER

2008, Transit Forlag
 

TRANSLATIONS
Engelsk
 

REVIEWS

"Mer samtid inn i teatret"
15.3.2005, NY TID
"Kjærlighet og samliv på stadig nye skinner"
4.3.2002, Dagbladet
"Livsmaskinen"
3.3.2005, Kulturspeilet

"Livsmaskinen og den nomadiske dialogen"
programme article, Siren Leirvåg

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