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Ibsen Festival comes to Mumbai

Ibsen Festival, which has had a prominent presence in Delhi since 2012, kicking off Mumbai's theatre itinerary

Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, once wrote, “To write is to preside at judgement day over one’s self.” Such lucidity of thought is clear in Ibsen’s plays, many of which are familiar to most theatre-goers if not known — A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler, Peer Gynt, Ghosts, An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck and many others.

Leo McKern as Peer Gynt and Adrienne Corri as Ingrid in Ibsen's Peer Gynt in 1962
Leo McKern as Peer Gynt and Adrienne Corri as Ingrid in Ibsen's Peer Gynt in 1962. Pic Courtesy/Getty.

Testimonial to his universal appeal is the Ibsen Festival, which has had a prominent presence in Delhi since 2012. Kicking off Mumbai’s theatre itinerary, the first act of the festival will be two performing acts from the homeland of Ibsen — Ibsen’s Peer Gynt by Kare Conradi and Ibsen Jazz, which will be sung by Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer accompanied by the pianist Helge Lien.

Festival Director Ila Arun
Festival Director Ila Arun

From the home turf, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla actor KK Raina will present his adaptation/direction of Peer Gynt as Peer Ghani. Festival director Ila Arun has also adapted and conceived music for the play. The other must-watch act is Manoj Shah’s adaptation of The Master Builder in Gujarati, a first in the language.

On the fourth day, listen in on a dialogue on adapting Ibsen that will take place between artistes and translators from Norway and India.

From: October 31, 7 pm onwards
At: Sophia Hall, Sophia Polytechnic, Cumballa Hill.
E-mail: antardhwani5@gmail.com to register

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