Stalker – Verk Produksjoner (NO)

Verk Produksjoner (NO)
25+26. October @ 20.00

Winner of the Norwegian Hedda Prize 2013: “Best Production of the Year”
A story about a film about a journey to a room.

As part of Verk Produksjoner’s 20th anniversary, we present one of their most iconic performances, Stalker.  It is considered a cult classic, and has been performed at home and abroad since its premiere at Black Box teater. Verk’s work has undergone several different phases over the years. Stalker can be said to be a turning point in the company’s history, where the gaze is increasingly turned to a space that one longs for and seeks out.

In this performance, Verk Productions reconstructs parts of Tarkovsky’s film Stalker. They contemplate the Zone, an area where the normal laws of physics no longer apply. Everyone has their own motive to enter the Zone, and it is said that if one reaches the center of the Zone, one’s innermost desires will be fulfilled. But when one finally reaches the threshold of this room, doubts arise  – do they really want to enter. For who knows one’s innermost desires?

Verk Produksjoner have produced and presented critically acclaimed performances nationally and internationally since 1999, receiving warm responses from both press and audiences. The company is known for its epic and vaudevillesque performance style with satirical and political undertones that alternate between storytelling, acting and improvisation. Their approach has always been to create a range of possibilities and mix different styles to establish a strong connection with their audience and an intense sensation of the ‘here and now.’  From the start, the company has created a number of performances for Black Box theater, from Ifigenia (2006) and The Eternal Smile (2010) and Stalker (2013), which won the Hedda Award for the Production of the year, to Manifest United (2018).

Idea, concept : Verk Produksjoner. With: Anders Mossling, Saila Hyttinen, Solveig Laland Mohn, Håkon Vassvik, Signe Becker.  Direction: Fredrik Hannestad. Scenography, costumes: Signe Becker. Sound: Per Platou. Light: Tilo Hahn. Screenwriter: Hannestad, Hyttinen, Laland Mohn, Mossling, Vassvik. Idea development, performative logistics: Anders Paulin. Dramaturge: Jon Refsdal Moe. Producer: Pernille Mogensen/Produsentbyrået. Director’s assistant, translator: Vera Krohn Svaleng. Co-production: Black Box teater (Oslo), Teaterhuset Avant Garden (Trondheim), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen). Supported by: Norsk kulturråd.