"Peer Gynt" is considered a literary masterpiece. Henrik Ibsen wrote the dramatic poem in 1867, inspired by stories from the Gudbrandsdalen valley in Norway. Ever since, it has appealed to and challenged its readers and theatre audiences.
The poem invokes existential questions, and invites to thought and reflection. Peer is a universal character in the shape of an ordinary person, which makes the poem relevant even today.
Ibsen's dramatic poem reflect on the life and adventures of Peer Gynt. Twenty-year-old Peer is a wild young man, regarded as a drunk and an outlaw in his community. He selfishly shirks his responsibilities, and never considers what sacrifices others have to make to accommodate him.
Peer turns to a mythical world full of trolls and frightening creatures. Then he travels in the real world, where he encounters new cultures and new people.
He returns to his local community after many years of travel. It has changed, and so has its people, but has Peer? Has he learnt anything from life?
At Gålå, by a lake surrounded by deep forests in the Norwegian mountains, at the very place where the stories of Peer Gynt originate, Henrik Ibsen's world famous "Peer Gynt" is staged every year in the beginning of august. The accompanying music is inspired by Edvard Grieg’s original theatre music. The play provides the audience with a unique experience of Norwegian culture, music and nature.
Check the festival map on Google map to find your way to lake Gålåvatnet.