“The Bear” by Anton Tsjekhov

EVENT INFORMATION

Amanda Dekker is a theatre maker originally from the Netherlands. She moved to Norway in 2018. Her major study has been Theatre in education, with minors in directing and theatre masks.
As a maker she is always searching for the artist's physicality. While creating theatre, her attitude is that, although she is the director, everyone is a maker, a co-creator.
For her the most interesting aspect of making a performance is to work with different disciplines and experience how they come together in one piece.

This year she decided to produce a performance, working from the script “The Bear” by Anton Tsjekhov. With three actors, two dancers and two musicians (cello and guitar) she made a new version of this comedy.

A creditor, his debtor and her faithful servant are locked into an absurd battle in 19th Century Russia, where a “bear” is the worst you can be. Grief, duty and desperation clash in this multidisciplinary interpretation of Tsjekhov.


The cast

Actors:
Alice Alzeni: Elena Ivanovna Popova
Cathrine Sætre: Luka
Philip Durnford: Grigory Stepanovitch Smirnov

Dancers:
Hanne Kristine Jensen
Ingvild Maria Thingnes

Composer:
Dawid Zmuda

Musicians:
Dawid Zmuda: Guitar
Iida-Alina Poijärvi: Cello

The production
Director/concept: Amanda Dekker
Assistant director: Vilde Vengnes
Stage design: Philip Durnford
Art design (poster) by: Alice Alzeni
Poster design by: Fredrik Vagle