After a first collaboration in 2021, Institut français de Norvège is pleased to collaborate again with Nationaltheatret, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in France, Dramatikkens hus and ARTCENA to organize readings of French theatrical plays in Norwegian, with presence of the authors.
Two theatrical plays by young authors have been selected and will be read on September 14th at 6:00 PM at Dramatikkens hus in Oslo. The readings will conclude with a discussion with authors Pierre Koestel and Sylvain Milliot.
The theatrical plays are:
- Après nous, les ruines by Pierre Koestel (translation in Norwegian by Olav Torbjørn Skare: Bare ruiner igjen)
With Helene Naustdal Bergsholm, Ingjerd Egeberg, Jan Sælid and Olav Waastad
Presentation of the work: It all begins on a spring Sunday. Four friends gather for a picnic in a park. At first, the mood is festive, but joy soon gives way to anxiety, as an invisible threat hovers in the air and rumbles beneath the earth, unidentified by anyone. The following night, a catastrophe strikes, creating a crisis that has a lasting effect on the characters’ daily lives. Yet they prefer to ignore the consequences. Season after season, they return to the same park, where they try to return to their old habits. But the catastrophe has changed them, and from then on, we witness the gradual and irreparable disruption of the group.
Presentation of the author: Pierre Koestel is a playwright and director. Graduated of the master’s degree in literary creation at University Paris VIII and of the playwright department at ENSATT, he has notably written plays for teenagers: Loud, winner of the 2019 Artcena Encouragements, Les Ecœurchées for Anima Cie, Basalte for Geneva’s Am Stram Gram theater, and Elio pour Fédération – Cie Philippe Delaigue. Après nous, les ruines is his first published text.
- À l’écart by Sylvain Milliot (translation in Norwegian by Tove Bakke: På avstand)
With Ingjerd Egeberg, Liv Bernhoft Osa and Jan Sælid
Presentation of the work: This text is inspired by a true story told by journalist Michael Finkel in his book The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit. Christopher Knights was arrested in 2013 for a series of burglaries in a small tourist area in Maine, USA. Investigators discovered that he had spent 27 years alone in the woods, with no fires, no contacts, surviving on what he stole from vacation homes on the region’s lakeshores.
Presentation of the author: Sylvain Milliot is a musician, composer, author and poet. He has taken part in the creation of a dozen theater shows and sound pieces with the company Moteurs Multiples as author and musician. His poems have been published in magazines in France. He has released several music albums under the names Véhicule and Piano Brut on various international labels (Midira Records, Rohs Records, Flophouse, Sublime Retreat).
Free tickets: https://dramatikkenshus.hoopla.no/sales/event/3195759247
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/203412189378642
The plays have been selected by the following jury: Ingrid Haugen (Nationaltheatret), Ellen Jørgensen (Royal Norwegian Embassy in France), Olav Torbjørn Skare (Nationaltheatret) and Marcelino Valiente (Institut français de Norvège).