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Klassikere for Kids (NO)

Klassikere for Kids Bonanza

21. sep. –24. sep. 2017

Lille Scene 21.09.2017 18:00

Lille Scene 22.09.2017 18:00

Lille Scene 23.09.2017 16:00

Store scene 23.06.2017 18:00

Lille Scene 24.09.2017 14:00

Store scene 24.09.2017 16:00

Classics for Kids is a trilogy for kids aged 10 and up,

aiming to make selected classics accessible and current, and to inspire discussions. The group explore and challenge conventional theater for children, working under the mantra that all good themes are just as suitable for children as they are for adults. Both Faust for Kids and To the Lighthouse were nominated for the prestigious Hedda award for best children and youth performance. All the performances have received rave reviews from the press as well as from the audience. Classics for Kids is a series of productions that invite kids and youth into the experimental space of the theatre. Together with a strong team of artists, director Hildur Kristinsdottir has been exploring how the forms and methods of contemporary performing art can create unexpected and challenging interpretations of literary classics. Reflecting on kids and youth as audience has been central to the development of these works. Not in order to simplify, moralize or please the audience, but to question the theatrical conventions and attitudes that adult artists, curators and presenters might impose with respect to kids and youth. The result is daring performances with sensory and intellectual impact. Classics for Kids is aimed at young audiences but can easily be shared by both kids and adults.

Special events highlighting the Classics for Kids productions are a prominent part of the fall season. There will be popcorn, cotton candy and slush, theatre workshops, debate, and not least, fantastic performances for kids and adults.

Faust for Kids 
Thursday 21.09 and Friday 22.09 kl 18.00pm.

“Happy, ambitious children’s theater.” NRK

Faust for Kids is the first performance in the trilogy Classics for Kids, based on Goethe’s text. Faust realizes that behind every thing he learns there is something new. He then realizes that he will never know the full truth about all things. Then the devil offers Faust full access to the world in exchange for his soul. Faust joins a boundless journey in time and space.
Suitable for children from 10 Years

To the Lighthouse
Saturday 23.09 16.00pm and Sunday 24.09 14.00pm. 

“Classics for Kids should inspire everyone who creates theater for children in Norway.” NRK

To the Lighthouse is based on Virginia Woolf’s novel from 1927 with the same title. It is a show about what we can see and about all that happens inside our heads. Do you see the same as me? Do boys and girls see different ways? And what’s the difference in a moment and ten years? To figure it out, look into the mind of someone else. It’s possible at the theater!
Suitable for children from 10 Years

Crime and Punishment
Saturday 23.09 18.00pm and Sunday 24.09 16.00pm.

“This theater trilogy is something quite special within the theater for children and youth.” NRK

In Crime and Punishment, based on Dostoevsky’s novel from 1866, spectators are drawn into Raskolnikov’s dark mindset. It is a notion of how wrong things can go when a person isolates themselves with only their own thoughts. But even though Raskolnikov pushes everyone away, someone still gets back and peck him on his shoulder.

Suitable for youth from 13 years.

Using the methods of Classics for Kids, young people and performing artists will work together to transform a classic literary text to a theatrical language of their own creation. The workshop will emphasize sound and physical expression based on the participants’ skills, interests and ideas. Artists from Classics for Kids will lead the workshop, starting with conceptual development 8-10 September. Practical research begins 30 September and concludes with a public performance at Black Box teater 7 October. During the week participants will see the series of productions and will also be invited to the Roundtable & Debate 7 October.

Interested? Workshop capacity is seven artists and seven youth or young adults (age 15–25). Contact klassikereforkids(a) for more information.

Workshop dates and times:
08.09: 17.00 – 20.00
09.09: 10.00 – 16.00
10.09: 10.00 – 16.00
30.09: 10.00 – 16.00
01.10: 10.00 – 16.00
02.10: 10.00 – 16.00
03.10: 10.00 – 16.00
04.10: 10.00 – 16.00
05.10: 10.00 – 16.00
06.10: 10.00 – 16.00

Public performance, roundtable & debate:
07.10: 14.00 – 17.00

Adults are always part of the equation when creating, performing and presenting performing art, whether the intended audience is kids, kids and adults, or adults. The aim of this Roundtable & Debate is to identify and confront some of the assumptions and expectations that come into play when artists and presenters alike want to reach young audiences. Classics for Kids will act as a springboard to a discussion that questions artistic production, audience, programming and mediation.

Credits Faust for kids: Director: Hildur Kristinsdottir. Dramaturg: Matilde Holdhus. Lydbilde: Stine Janvin Motland and Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad. With: Anders Høgli, Josephine Kylen Collins and Hildur Kristinsdottir. Lightdesign: Norunn Standal. Producer: Mona Larsen. Scenography: Petter Alstad and Bård V. Stangnes. Poster: Hreinn Gudlaugsson. Photo: Kristinn Gudlaugsson. Co-production: Black Box Teater (Oslo). Support: Arts Council Norway, Kunstløftet, Fond for utøvende kunstnere and Seanse.

Credits Til Fyret: Concept and Direction: Hildur Kristinsdottir. Text: Eirik Willyson. Producer: Mona Larsen. With: Jimmie Jonasson, Magnus Myhr and Josephine Kylén-Collins. Light: Norunn Standal. Sound: Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad and Peter Baden. Scenograpy: Hildur Kristinsdottir. Props: Gøril Rostad. Seamstress: Solveig Hopen. Photo: Kristinn Gudlaugsson. Poster: Knut-Ole Mathisen. Support: Norsk kulturråd, Fond for lyd bilde and Kunstløftet. Co-producer: Black Box Teater (Oslo).

Credits Forbrytelse og straff: Director: Hildur Kristinsdottir. Producer: Mona Larsen. Text: Eirik Willyson. Composer/sound design: Magnus Børmark. Original light design: Kaja Glenne Lund. Redesign: Oscar Udbye. Light: Anine Nonshaugen. Technician: Anders Høgli. Scenography: Petter Alstad, Bård Vaag Stangnes. Production assistant: Anders Høgli. Illustration: Petter Alstad. Photo: Kristinn Gudlaugsson. Dramaturg: Maria Ramvi. With: Josephine Kylén-Collins, Lars August Jørgensen, Camilla Vislie and Kim Atle Hansen. Co-producers: Scenekunst Østfold, Black Box Teater (Oslo) and BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen). Support: Arts Council Norway, Kunstløftet, Fond for lyd og bilde, Fond for utøvende kunstnere and Fritt Ord.