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2023 BERG & HØEG Photostudio. Theater Corpus

Theatre Corpus is now opening a new

puppet theatre show about he lesbian

photographers Marie Høegh (1866-1949)

and Bolette Berg (1872-1944). In 1895

they set up a photo studio, which also

served as a meeting point for the local

suffragettes. In 1970 a box of negatives

was discovered. The photos show Marie,

Bolette and friends experimenting with

cross-gender dressing.In 2022 it was 50

years since homosexuality was de-

criminalised in Norway. We have recreated

a photo studio with original cameras,

painted backdrops and interiors. On stage

three actors/puppeteers, a pianist playing

live and a large amount of puppets.

The show focuses on three sub-cultural

phenomena in the period; the suffragette

movement, spiritism and photography as a paranormal tool.

 

Photographic studios in the period had a lot of similarities to theatre stages with painted backdrops and various props and furnitures. The show alternates between puppet theatre sequences and costume based acting. On stage is a small puppet stage, a miniature of the photography studio, which also has similarities with the interior of cameras from the period. 

 

The show last 90 minutes

 

Participants : 

Concept, directing, scenography and puppets: Tormod Lindgren

Performers : Tuva Hennum, Daniel Frikstad, Ellen Ugelvik and Ragni Halle

Author : Aina Villanger.

Composer : Ellen Ugelvik and Agathe Backer Grøndahl, Frédéric Chopin, Béla Bartók og Leoš Janáček  

Costumes: Thale Kvam Olsen and Tormod Lindgre

Light designer: Erik Spets Sandvik

Backdrop painter: Leandro Cassiano

Producer: Tormod Lindgren / Camilla Svingen

The show last 90 minutes

 

The performance is financed with the support of Skeivt kulturår, Norsk kulturråd, Fond for lyd og bilde, FFUK, Fritt Ord, Norsk komponistfond, Costume Agency and Dramatikkens Hus.

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