An enemy of the people
The International Ibsen Festival in Oslo is the original and has inspired Ibsen Festivals
around the world from Tokyo to Dehli to Minnesota.
This year's festival hosts the worlds biggest theatre award and stages a very
different version of An Enemy of the People.
An Enemy of the People could not be more relevant. A play about an individual who stands
against his own people, Rimini Protokoll turns it into a study of the city today asking:
Do you agree that in matters of right and wrong the individual should take precedence over
the multitude? Is the strongest man in the world (
) the man who stands most
The Ibsen Festival has become an influential voice in world theatre and is not scared of
controversy. Ibsen was a controversial playwright who changed theatre in Europe
dramatically. The festival reflects this by showcasing truly original versions of
Ibsens own plays and performances by influential international playwrights and
The International Ibsen Award is the worlds biggest theatre award. This year, the
award goes to German composer and director Heiner Goebbels. Two guest performances by
Goebbels, Eraritjaritjaka and Stifters Dinge are included in the festival programme and
the award ceremony and reception take place Saturday 8th September.
It is extraordinary that a little country in the far north has produced such world class
playwrights; Ibsen is one of the wolds most famous playwrights, contemporary Jon
Fosse is being performed all over the world and now Arne Lygre is set to follow in
Fosses footsteps. Arne Lygres I disappear will be performed during the
The International Ibsen Festival is hosted by the National Theatre in Oslo 23rd August-9th
Festival press passes and invites to the award ceremony for the International Ibsen Award
are available. For more information, please visit nationaltheatret.no and
www.internationalibsenaward.com or contact publicity manager Stine Strachan on
Notes to editors:
· Ibsen was born in Norway in 1828
· Some of his most famous plays are A Dolls House, Ghosts, Peer Gynt and Hedda
· Ibsen has been translated to 78 languages and performed in countries all over the world
for over 100 years
· Ibsen influenced European writers such as George Bernhard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and James
· Many consider Ibsen the greatest playwright since Shakespeare
· Ibsen spent much of his life in Germany and Italy
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