“What would Arne do?” the artists have asked themselves through the process of the performance Arne Næss Gjenoppstandelsen (Anre Næss Resurrection). The performance is the result of a collective cross-artistic process that has been digging into Arne Næss’s philosophy of deep ecology. This philosophy is an approach to nature where all life has value in itself, not just based on the usefulness it has for humans. Ludvig Uhlbors’ artistic team moved for a period up to Næss’s cabin Tvergastein at Hallingskarvet, which was the place where Arne Næss developed the ideas that was the basis of deep ecology. What is the boundary between body and soul, and does this even exist in humans and nature? In a theatrical playfulness with Næss’s thoughts as a entry point, oracle situations, spiritualism and animistic rituals are explored.
“Changes towards a more ecologically oriented life do not have to lead to feelings of loss and forsake, but instead it can awaken something deeply pleasing in us.” -Arne Næss
Ludvig Uhlbors is a Swedish-born director and dramatist who lives in Oslo. He works with a conceptual approach to the theater, focusing on theatrical instruments, material human transformations and a search for forms where identity and power structures can be discussed. Uhlbors works with an expression that moves in an aesthetic tension between documentaries, anthropological theater, contemporary dance, cross artistic project and a performance tradition with expanded theatricality.
Med / with: Arturo Tovar, Kjersti Aas Stenby, Ludvig Uhlbors. Regi / direction: Ludvig Uhlbors. Lyd / Sound: Alexander Rishaug. Kostymer, Scenografi / costume, scenography. Kristine Gjems. Film, fotografi / film, photography: Kjersti Vetterstad, Kristin Astrup Aas, Ludvig Uhlbors. Støttet av / Support by: Kulturrådet, Dramatikkens hus, Fond for utøvende kunstnere.