Former bank manager John Gabriel Borkman has served a sentence for embezzlement. Humiliated and bitter, he and his wife Gunhild have isolated themselves on separate floors of their house, and have no contact with each other. Throughout this time of crisis, their son, Erhart, has been taken care of by Gunhild's twin sister, Ella Rentheim, whom John Gabriel once chose not to marry, as a trade-off for prestige and power. Now Ella is fatally ill, and has returned to adopt Erhart and give him her own name. Gunhild refuses – Erhart is the person who must rebuild the honour of the Borkman family. But John Gabriel has in his solitude made other plans for his son's future.
Leading German director Jan Bosse is known for developing an anarchistic joy in his productions, where the audience becomes an integral part of the performance. In this production of Henrik Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman, Amfiscenen is changed to a public space, where the audience is a part of the story.
By Henrik Ibsen. Adaptation by Gabriella Bussacker and Jan Bosse.
Director: Jan Bosse
Composer and sound designer: Arno Kraehahn
Actors: Jan Sælid, Laila Goody, Marika Enstad, John Emil Jørgensrud, Marian Saastad Ottesen, Isabel Andrea Casillas Sandersen, Anna Christina Johansson, Hedvig Topnes Hauge
The performance is part of the 2016 International Ibsen Festivals. Performed in Norwegian with English subtitles during the festival (i.e. performances held in the period 8 through 25 September).
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