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Vegard Vinge (Norway) + Ida Müller (Germany)

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Date:
October 22
Venue:
Segal Theatre
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Photo courtesy of the artists

Monday, October 22
Segal Theatre
10:00am Screenings + 6:30pm Artist Talk

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

The Segal Center is honored to welcome the notorious Norwegian/German theatre duo Vegard Vinge and Ida Müller in their first visit to the U.S. Throughout the last decade, Vinge and Müller have managed to scandalize European audiences through gothic somberness and seemingly naïve aesthetics. They often indulge in transgressive improvisation, body fluids, violence, masks, and excessive make-up to create a new and ironically monstrous Total-Work-of-Art.

Their shocking, delightful, and thoughtful defiling of the Ibsen corpus provided fresh perspectives and commentary on these classic texts, while creating an outrageously original theatre language. Their maximalist and extremist aesthetics have earned them multiple awards and invitations to Europe’s most prestigious stages, including their former artistic home, The Volksbühne Berlin. Throughout the day, Vinge and Müller will personally introduce premiere screenings of excerpts from all their work, including a new, widely anticipated film project.

All day screenings* will include excerpts from Art Performance Videos, 2004-2005; A Doll’s House, Grusomhetens Tehatre Oslo, 2006; Ghosts, Ibsen, Black Box Teatre, Oslo, 2007; The Wildduck, Ibsen, The Bergen International Festival, 2009; John Gabriel Borkman, Ibsen, Volksbühne Berlin, 2012; Nationaltheater Reinickendorf, Berliner Festspiele, 2017; Untitled (in process), 2013-2015. Evening event will feature an introduction, entitled Fiction/Fetish, by Andrew Friedman.

*Screening schedule to be announced.

Andrew Friedman is an assistant professor of theatre history at Ball State University and received his PhD in Theatre from the CUNY Graduate Center.  His articles on contemporary performance appear in Theatre Journal, Theater, Modernism/modernity, European Stages, Ibsen News and Comment, and the forthcoming collection, Postdramatic Theatre and Form. He is currently completing a manuscript about Vegard Vinge and Ida Müller’s Ibsen-Saga.

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