Wishful Beginnings (2016)

From the idea of people’s extinction, Verk Produksjoner make strong theatre. (…) A masterful theatrical moment, which ends an apocalyptic after-party you should not miss. Aftenposten 07.04.16

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Maybe it is about tabula rasa, about starting over with a clean slate. Maybe it is about the sensation of being on a sinking ship. There is this sneaking feeling that we have constructed a society which is based on a set of expectations for the future, that turns out to be wrong and life-threatening. Could it be that the ruling system is running at a hazardous speed, and nobody knows how to turn the ship around? 

With this as a backdrop, we have embarked on a journey of gathering stories. We have had countless discussions, we have wandered, we have told, we have recorded, collected, retold and let our minds spin. We have banged our heads against the wall, looked sideways, we have read into the shadows and we have attempted to give a voice to the quiet reverberations. Maybe it is about conjuring up a ghost, about evoking the unfamiliar.

By and with: Fredrik Hannestad, Saila Hyttinen, Tilo Hahn, Signe Becker, Solveig Laland Mohn, Håkon Mathias Vassvik, Per Platou, Anders Mossling, Espen Klouman Høiner, Pernille Mogensen, Camilla Eeg-Tverbakk, Jon Refsdal Moe og Agnes Gry.

Co-producer: Black Box Teater, Teaterhuset Avant Garden og BIT Teatergarasjen.
Supported by: Norsk Kulturråd.
Photo: Ingrid Eggen
Video: Ivar Mykland / Milliemedia

Thanks: Jukka Hytti, Hans Olav Brenner, Mia Sofie Mohn Groven, Mia Keinänen, Anders Hamre, Halvor Wilhelm Valle, David Slotsvik, Ida Uvaas, Lea Basch, Ole Martin Moen, Lena Lindgren, Joachim Hamou, Ida Andersson, Toumas Toivonen, Ole Giæver, Anne-Cecile Sibue, Ragnheiður Skúladóttir, Sven Åge Birkeland, Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier, Veena, Rom for dans, Millimedia, Black Box Teater

Music: Ata Ebtekar, David Bowie, Gustav Mahler, John Dowland, Per Platou, Philip Glass.

Inspired of: Thure Erik Lund, Thomas Hirschhorn, Emma Engdahl, Nancy Fraser, Francis Fukuyama, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Ole Martin Moen, Arie Altena, Bruno Latour, Roy Scranton, Joseph Beuys, Hamlet, Roberto Bolano, Albert Camus, Michel Houellebecq, Global Challenges Foundation/Universitetet i Oxford: 12 trusler som gjør at verden går under, Edward Snowden, Anselm Kiefer, Matthew Barney, Ingrid Fiksdal.

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