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Snøhetta Enters the Stage with Peer Gynt

Nov 29, 2018

Snøhetta is collaborating with the Peer Gynt Festival and director Marit Moum Aune in developing an innovative scenography for next year’s upcoming theater play based on Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, at Gålå in Norway.

- Performing arts is an exciting format that we are curious to explore, says Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, founding partner in Snøhetta. - Marit Moum Aune’s vision for the play together with the special elements in the scenography and the design of the landscape forms the perfect basis for a collaboration across disciplines.

Henrik Ibsen was a Norwegian playwriter and a poet who introduced the Peer Gynt play in 1867. The play is considered as a masterpiece within romantic literature and has entertained and challenged readers and theater visitors all around the world for over a century. Peer Gynt is played every year during the Peer Gynt Festival at Gålå in Norway. The spectacular outdoor theatre stage is situated by the idyllic Lake Gålå, and the location is surrounded by Gudbrandsdalen’s mysterious forests and pristine mountains.

The design concept is based on the surrounding nature of the theater stage enhanced by modern technology. With the distinct landscape of Gålå as a backdrop, the scenography will explore the unique possibilities that this location can provide.

The scenography is a water-based stage area emphasizing the visual and physical connection to the lake in the background of the stage, connecting the two together and giving the audience a proximity to the lake itself. The audience will gain a new experience of the nature as the changing light of the sky is being reflected in the shallow pool in the main areas of the stage. Through the large water-based stage a new way of interpreting the Ibsen’s iconic masterpiece is made possible.

Snøhetta Enters the Stage with Peer Gynt