by Kristine Myhre Tunheim
“You can’t expect mother Norway to cover every need in every nook of every fjord. Some things we have to do for ourselves. Run the public health association, hold networking events and seminars, folk dance meetings, building football fields, and yeah, you name it… What we do is patch up the holes of the welfare state. But sometimes I think there’s too many holes, and not enough people patching.”
Through interviews with 17 people from central Troms, we have explored what it means to be an initiative taker in a small society where nothing goes unnoticed. From the source material we got warmth, involvement, and enthusiasm, alongside a healthy dose of scepticism and criticism. It’s not always easy to harbour a spark that others don’t quite understand.
The performance brings these facets to light. A diverse range of people lead by strong visions, who are not afraid to take the leap. You will hear warm stories, touching stories, funny stories, and stories where detractors whisper in your ear, “This will never work, who does he think he is?”
The audience encounters a performance space that is not a theatre, but a recognisable arena for discussion and reflection. A public meeting with a friendly atmosphere, biscuits, and coffee. A lot of coffee.
Visionary is documentary theatre following in the footsteps of Freedom is Bicycling from 2010. The format of Visionary is a combination of comedy revue, public lecture, and non-acting. Visionary is theatre verging on non-theatre. In collaboration with Frode Eilertsen of Rounder Films, video interviews with local initiative takers are incorporated into the show, which also features bespoke music composed by Amund Maarud, winner of the Norwegian Grammy for Blues in 2011.
The show is suitable for adults and young adults.
2012 – 2015
Premiere 4.July 2012
Target Group Adults
Duration 75 min
Director and actorJonas Delerud
Text and actorKristine Myhre Tunheim
Interviews and actorNanna Elisabeth Berntsen
ScenographerSusanne Irene Fjørtoft
DramaturgKristin E. Bjørn
Lighting designClaudio Forlini
Technician and actorAlexander Rindestu
Graphic designStig Bruksås
Project managerKristine Myhre Tunheim
SAMSPILLturné 2012 (Premiere I Sollia, Senja)
Kultur i Troms
Rune Ottarsen, Troms Folkeblad
“VISIONARY is a journey of engagement, and the show has a socially engaging, funny, effective and even scientific approach towards the phenomenon that is local visionaries. (…) The audience is the heart of the performance, which surrounds them while constantly shifting between different themes and directions.”
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