Robert Wilson is one of the most influential and progressive theatrical artists of the past few decades. He has reached iconic status in the theatre world with groundbreaking works spanning a career of nearly five decades. He gained worldwide recognition in 1976 for his production of Einstein on the Beach, a legendary collaboration with composer Philip Glass.
Wilson’s productions are known for their spectacle and technical precision. EDDA is characterized by Wilson’s distinctive artistic flair, both visually and in its acting style, and it can safely be stated that this production is unlike anything that has ever been seen on an Icelandic stage.
Edda is based on Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse’s interpretation of old norse mythology, the religion that dominated Scandinavia until the 11th century. The sources for our knowledge about this religion are different Icelandic scholars and authors written poems from medieval time. Fosse read the “Old Edda”- literature, and gave it his personal form. He created a dramatic dialogue with strong musical and rhythmic qualities, moving the stories nearer to us while keeping them different and remote. In this production from Oslo's Norske Teatret, Fosse’s fascinating and suggestive text meets the visual language of Robert Wilson.
The music for Edda was written by Arvo Pärt, the famous Estonian composer and by the duo CocoRosie.
The production won the Norwegian Hedda Prize as theatrical event of the year 2017, as well as prizes for best scenography and costumes.
The performance is in Norwegian, English and Icelandic but is highly visual and therefore not dependent on understanding the languages.
Direction, Design & Light: Robert Wilson
Text: Jon Fosse
Musical Director: Valgeir Sigurðsson
Music By: CocoRosie & Arvo Pärt
Costume Design: Jacques Reynaud
Dramaturge: Carl-Morten Amundsen
Associate Stage Director: Ann Christin Rommen
Associate Set Design: Serge Von Arx
Mask Design: Manu Halligan
Associate Light Design: John Torres
Actors: Henrik Rafaelsen, Gjertrud Jynge, Sigve Bøe, Frode Winther, Eivin Nilsen Salthe, Marianne Krogh, Paul-Ottar Haga, Joachim Rafaelsen, Ola G. Furuseth, Renate Reinsve, Jon Bleiklie Devik, Unn Vibeke Hol, Inge Jørgensen Dragland
A production by Det Norske Teatret, Oslo, Aarhus Teater, Denmark, Aarhus 2017 Cultural Capital of Europe and Unlimited Performing Arts.
EDDA is part of a special programme celebrating the 2018 centennial of Icelandic sovereignty.
“In EDDA the Norse mythology comes alive in a way completely different from anything we are familiar with from traditional productions. ... It is stunning, it is abstract absurdism and it is above all Robert Wilson.”— Dagsavisen
“EDDA is a Gesamtkunstwerk that spins through time in a absurd, beautiful and playful way … Two hours of a fantastic suggestive mix of exquisite pictures, burlesque and mythology.”— Svenska Dagbladet