NORMA JEANE – opplev danseforestillingen på Akershus Kunstsenter!

Fredag 9. april og lørdag 10. april
Fredag kl. 20.00.
Lørdag Kl. 15 (matinè) og kl. 20.00.

Fredag 9. april dagtid vil det bli forestilling for skoleklasser.

Pris: Kr. 50,- for matinè og kr. 120,- for kveldsforestilling som inkluderer ett glass vin.
Vinservering under kveldsforestillingen.

Akershus Kunstsenter er glade for å kunne invitere til en forestilling litt utenom det vanlige.
To dansere, en billedkunstner og en sosiolog har slått seg sammen, og forestillingen Norma Jeane vil garantert overraske.

Anbefalt for ungdom og voksne.
Forestillingen vil bli fremført på engelsk.

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Norma Jeane is a collaboration between dancers/choreographers Helle Siljeholm and Sara Christophersen, visual artist Mari Meen Halsøy and sociologist Mari Sømme Hammer.

Meredith: Helle Siljeholm
The Beautiful Dancer Sara: Sara Christophersen

Idea/Concept: Helle Siljeholm / Sara Christophersen / Mari Meen Halsøy / Mari Sømme Hammer
Character development and Choreography: Sara Christophersen and Helle Siljeholm
Text Author, stage text Meredtih: Helle Siljeholm
Set Design/Dias projection/Visual artist: Mari Meen Halsøy
Sociologist: Mari Sømme Hammer
Directing assistance and Acting Coach: Nancy Mannes
Dramaturg: Sidsel Pape
Composer: Andreas Mjøs
Light Design: Tilo Hahn

Norma Jeane is a co-production with Teaterhuset Avant Garden in Trondheim, Norway. For part of the pre-production they had an artist residency at Maqamat Theatre Dance, Beirut. Norma Jeane is supported by the Arts Council Norway, the Norwegian Composer’s Fund, Atelier Nord and INMA (Beirut).

Norma Jeane has our personal experiences as a backdrop to discuss a universal theme. The performance is a reaction to how we experience being formed as women in today’s society. This being through tradition, upbringing, education, work life, social settings or the glorified and commercialised media world surrounding us. We wanted to create more awareness on why we (women) are seemingly carefree to uphold the current feminine aesthetic ideals and unwritten social laws/norms on how to behave and perform as a woman. What is threatening us? What do we lose if we don’t follow the rules of the game?

”In Norma Jeane the contemporary woman, and our highly ambivalent feelings towards her are staged and challenged through text, movement and dias projection. The result is a verbally powerful, visually seducing and not to say witty performance on an engaging socio-political theme. This is theatre, dance and intelligent political satire.”
Sunniva Steine, Teaterhuset Avant Garden, Trondheim, Norway

The self-proclaimed front figure of the performance stages the truth of Simone de Beauvoir: One is not born a woman, but rather becomes one, in this case with the help of Meredith! Omniscient and loud, of Scottish decent, Meredith is using the silent and servile Beautiful Dancer Sara to illustrate ”The ideal woman” of today (read: the self-made woman) to her audience. But as it appears not even the immaculately trained dancer is able to full fill the expectations of the ideal woman, alias Monroe. No matter the amount of plastic surgery one will never accomplish being woman enough, to say the least, not in the conventional and commercialised side-glance of Meredith.

Meredith’s final recognition of her own shortcomings paralleled to the ultimate “feminine ideals” pulls her down the gutter. The same gutter she once so lightly sprang and spread above. She deconstructs while her persona dissolves into the projections of Marilyn Monroe. Perhaps Meredith is Marilyn’s Scottish grandmother? Perhaps all three women are one flip side to each other? When Meredith finally surrenders, the Beautiful Dancer Sara enters to her rescue and carries the defeated alter ego off stage. This gives hope for new constructions of female gender in our post-Monroe’n era.”
Sidsel Pape, Dramaturg