Robert Wilson is iconic in the theatre world with groundbreaking works spanning a career of nearly five decades. He gained worldwide recognition in 1976 for his production of Einstein on the Beach, a legendary collaboration with composer Philip Glass.
Edda is based on Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse’s interpretation of old norse mythology, the religion that dominated Scandinavia until the 11th century. The sources for our knowledge about this religion are different Icelandic scholars and authors written poems from medieval time. Fosse read the “Old Edda”- literature, and gave it his personal form. He created a dramatic dialogue with strong musical and rhythmic qualities, moving the stories nearer to us while keeping them different and remote. In this production from Oslo's Norske Teatret, Fosse’s fascinating and suggestive text meets the visual language of Robert Wilson.
The music for Edda was written by Arvo Pärt, the famous Estonian composer and by the duo CocoRosie.
“In EDDA the Norse mythology comes alive in a way completely different from anything we are familiar with from traditional productions. ... It is stunning, it is abstract absurdism and it is above all Robert Wilson.”— Dagsavisen
“EDDA is a Gesamtkunstwerk that spins through time in a absurd, beautiful and playful way … Two hours of a fantastic suggestive mix of exquisite pictures, burlesque and mythology.”— Svenska Dagbladet
Edda is the biggest foreign project that will take place at Reykjavik Arts Festival 2018. Over fifty members of cast and crew will come from Norway to put on the show at The Reykjavik City Theatre. Every light bulb and cables at the theatre will be used and still more equipment needs to be brought in specially to the country.
Edda won the Hedda award 2017 in Norway for Best stage design and costumes and for a Special artistic achievement.
The performances are in Norwegian, English and Icelandic.
Director: Robert Wilson
Text: Jon Fosse
Musical director: Valgeir Sigurðsson
Music by: CocoRosie and Arvo Pärt
Costume design: Jacques Reynaud
Actors: Henrik Rafaelsen, Gjertrud Jynge, Sigve Bøe, Frode Winther, Eivin Nilsen Salthe, Marianne Krogh, Paul-Ottar Haga, Joachim Rafaelsen, Ola G. Furuseth, Renate Reinsve, Tiril Heidi-Steen, Jon Bleiklie Devik & Unn Vibeke Hol.