Ibsen and Hamsun festival in Grimstad 2004.
"Mira er en
stjene som kommer, lyser litt og blir borte. Det er hele
levnetsløpet. Og menneske, her tænker jeg på dig. Av
alt levende i verden er du født til næsten ingen ting.
Du er hverken god eller ond, du er blit til uden at
tænkt mål. Du kommer fra tåken og går tilbake til
tåken igjen, så hjertlig ufuldkommen er du.Og menneske,
setter du dig op på en sjælden hest så er det ikke
noget som gjør den hesten sjelden mere. Støtt så, dag
og vei, sakte -" (Paa gjengrodde stier)
I imagine Knut Hamsun as
he in 1888 somewhat overwrought writes his good friend
Yngvar Laws: "...Jeg føler Produktionslysten
slaa i mit Bryst som en Fugl, der slaar desperat med
Vingerne - Jeg føler det i hver Nerve i min Krop at vi
nu staar foran en ny Periode i Litteraturen, -
Problemdigtningen fra Dukkehjemmets Dage er slut -
velsignet være dets minde - og nu tier Ibsen, har tiet i
næsten tre Aar, - Zola venter, Strindberg venter - vi
staar foran en ny Tidsalder. - En ny Vaar er i Fremvækst
nye Kræfter skyder op - en evig fornyelse - en
Vaarmorgen i hver Generation! - Nu kommer vort! ikke et
tilbageslag bort fra Zola - nei frem igen til det nye,
som ingen kjender!"
Ibsen sits looking quietly, everything has it's time and now the two of them are united in a common programme in Grimstad, I guess that they both smile to us from the hereafter and with kind eyes wish us exciting adventures.
"Min Gud, jeg kan ei Deres smak forstå, vet
ei hvor de har deres øyne! Hun er ingen skjønnhet, og
regnes må så halvveis til de forfløyne." -
With all adventures from Hamarøy fresh in my memory I arrived to Grimstad, ready for new experiences and inspiration from Norway's two foremost poets. Again I stayed in "Sørvika" and enjoyed the hospitality of Marianne Hamsun, who has become a very dear friend.
A stroll around Nørholm and the poet's cottage, all is peaceful and idyllic, the garden is beautiful with it's flowers, trees and bushes, the silence is only broken by the traffic noise from the E 18 and by Victoria Hamsun's dog, which barking and wagging it's tail is following my steps towards the poet's cottage. A wonderfully charming place, where one almost senses Hamsun's voice between the trees.
was the title of the first event. Though it was around
the end of a 4 weeks holiday and though I am normally
tough, I apparently had too many things in my head to
read the programme properly. Marianne and I were at the
library in Arendal: not a living soul around and no
programme at hand! A little later thanks to a helpful
lady we realised that we should have been in the old town
hall now. Confusion was then perfect when I collected my
car in the car park and drove and drove to get out of it.
I have tried a lot in my life, but never yet experienced
a car park, that was a tunnel ending in the opposite end
of the town! Well, we made it 5 minutes late and listened
to Signe Marie Stray Ryssdal and Anne Lise Sijthoff Stray
being interviewed by Stein Gauslaa about their mother
In Knut Hamsun's footsteps: First item on next days programme offered some challenges, a hike over the fells Mølleheia from the old hospital where Hamsun was interned in 1945 towards the famous letter box at Grefstad's in the town centre. Responsible for culture in Grimstad Bjørn Kr. Pedersen gave us a lively account of the history, the weather was beautiful with sunshine and warmth. It became an exiting hike where young and elderly climbed and walked over the fells, at times rather steep. I had to swallow again as the church tower showed itself and my thought went to Hamsun's description of it in "On overgrown Paths"
"Jeg var kommet
paa den andre Siden av Heia og vedblev at gaa til jeg saa
Kirketaarnet. Naturligvis var jeg nu paa forbudt Omraade,
men listet jeg mig langt nok - og enda bitte litt til -
kunde jeg kontrolere min Klokke med Taarnuret. Forresten
var jeg egentlig her for at se mig om efter en
It was a group of hot
people that, after having visited the famous letter box,
now entered the overheated and overcrowded library, where
the notorious trail took place that we were looking
forward to hear about.
Sound to Ibsen: On the work of putting sound and music to Ibsen's plays. Director at the theatre of the Norwegian Television and Radio Steinar Berthelsen and composer Åsmund Feidje explained and illustrated with examples.
På scenekanten: Next on the programme was the singer Hilde Hefte and Egil Kapstad at the piano creating the mood for the evening and thereafter Lise Fjeldstad and Nils Ole Oftebro were interviewed by Mona Levin on their life on the stage with Ibsen. A firework of lines and sentences flew over the table and several of Ibsen's characters appeared. I am so fortunate that here in Karlsruhe, where I live, two of Ibsen's plays are being played right now: Peer Gynt and A Doll's House.
On overgrown Paths: Kjell Stormoen reads selected chapters from Knut Hamsun's last novel. It was a moving experience, not only to listen to the well known words but one could almost imagine, that it was Hamsun himself reading. Really an intense experience.
I`m sorry, Ibseniana,
normally I do like Henrik Ibsen very much and gladly
participate also when it is not about Hamsun, but due to
lack of time I did not get the last two days of great
Ibsen experiences. But according to what friends told me,
Terje Vigen was as usual a success and even with fine
Der boede en underlig
(A strange greybeard
But before Gustav Sætre had given a lecture on Terje Vigen and the trip to Denmark.
I Dovregubbens hall (At the hall of the Dovre troll) was last event in the exciting programme. A scene from the ballet "Peer Gynt" with Askepott-teatret's 60 small and big trolls showing a lively and imaginative performance.
We are all looking forward to next years programme, many thanks to all, who gave us these unforgettable experiences.
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