on Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
"TanGhost" opened 12.June 2004 in Lillehammer.
The play got fantastic reviews and continued to get both that and
packed houses with ecstatic audiences during the whole "TanGhost"-Tour
in Norway 2004 which ended at The National Theatre i Oslo, during
"TanGhost" continued to play for packed houses in January,
February and March 2005 at The National Theatre's mainstage in Oslo,
The project is a fusion of Ibsen’s classical text of ”Ghost”,
world renowned tango-dancer Pablo Veron, new original music by Sverre
Indris Joner, video art, and supreme actors from Norway – ”Henrik
Ibsen’s home” – all is a very unusual combination,
but nevertheless an exciting one.
This is a project in which a new generation of directors, designers
and performers combine their talents in dance, music, video, scenography
with texts of classical plays into a uniquely new theatrical fabric.
Ibsen’s ”GHOSTS” is filled with lonely people, unable
to fulfill their dreams, trapped in their traditions. There is an
underlying sensual aroma in conversations taking place in a ”polite”
living room, surrounded by constant rain outside. For the ”TanGhost”
team this was the perfect setup for bringing tango into the play.
Tango is also described as a dance ”in which two lonely people
meet, and dance out their loneliness”.
The Argentinian tango star Pablo Veron, known from the movie “The
Tango Lesson”, directed by Sally Potter, is both actor in the
production as well as its choreographer. As the performer of Ms. Alving’s
dead husband, Mr. Veron adds another character to the original five
written by Ibsen.
The visual concept of the production is a combination of imaginative
lighting, video art and animation and Dobrusky’s simple, yet
“TanGhost” is filled with Sverre Indris Joner’s
new original tango-esque music, with obvious links to modern beats
of hip hop and Nordic sound of jazz.
“TanGhost” is a stage fairytale of Henrik Ibsen’s
chilling psychology, tango tension, supreme dancing with Pablo Veron
in the lead, superb actors of The National Theatre of Norway, exciting
music, compelling visual elements– all navigated by director
When on international tour, the text in “TanGhost” will
be spoken in the original Norwegian with subtitles in English or the
POS THEATRE COMPANY
was formed by Norwegian director Per-Olav Sørensen
in 2001. The company uses the talents of a variety of artists for
each production, but the core of co-creators like scenographer Pavel
Dobrusky, costume designer Kathrine Tolo, and video artist Thorbjørn
Ljunggren stays often the base of our productions. POS Theatre Company
has produced the highly experimental drama ”Mensch!” where
Sørensen co-operated with Kruetzer Kompani (choreographer Eva
Cecilie Richardsen and video artist HC Gilje), scenographer Pavel
Dobrusky, the musician Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen, and dancer
”Mensch!” was a visual fairytale with stunning creative
solutions for telling the story of a man’s whole life in 60
Compared with ”Mensch!” - the storytelling-play ”Grand
Old Man” was a project on the opposite end of the theatre style
spectrum. Based on the text by the award-winning author Lars Saabye
Christensen’s bestselling novel ”The Half-brother”,
Sørensen created an unforgettable 1 h 45 min monologue together
with 77 years old Espen Skjønberg – one of Norway’s
finest actors of all times.
Over the last three years, POS Theatre Company has also co-produced
several new plays with different theatre groups. Including "Vekkelsesmøte"
- the newest show by and with the Swedish star-comedian Jonas Gardell.
”TanGhost” is a project POS Theatre Company has worked
on since 2001.