Date: 16 September 2009 22:00 - 16 November 2009 22:00
Category:  Film & Literature

What would you do in Terje Vigen’s shoes?

Thomas Høegh’s 'Identity of the Soul' features numerous screens positioned next to each other.

Ibsen's epic poem 'Terje Vigen', read by Vanessa Redgrave, is part of a spectacular cinema production that features numerous large screens next to each other. The show will tour the UK this autumn.

Following its critically acclaimed West Bank, Qatar and Norwegian tour, Thomas Høegh’s 'Identity of the Soul' can be experienced at the opening of the Cambridge Film Festival and in selected cinemas around the UK throughout the autumn. The event features Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s epic poem 'Terje Vigen' and renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s 'A Soldier Dreams of White Lilies', both read by Vanessa Redgrave, against a backdrop of stunning images filmed around the world, and an original fusion soundtrack of Scandinavian and Arabian influences and contemporary electronic rhythms.

Thomas Høegh said “The show is an invitation to the audience to step into landscapes where the action could take place and to put themselves into the shoes of the protagonists and ask themselves what they would have done.”

Ibsen’s 'Terje Vigen' is a poem central to Norwegian national identity. A harrowing drama about a man’s choices wrought out of desperation, the poem explores the themes of revenge and retaliation. Ibsen wrote 'Terje Vigen' in 1862, forty years before the independence of Norway. The story is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars, and the heroic character fights against the English blockade to smuggle food back for his family.

17.09 - 22.09. Cambridge Film Festival
26.09. London, Curzon Mayfair, at 12:00 noon
27.09. Brixton, Ritzy Cinema, at 2:00 PM                                 
03.10. Brighton, Duke of York's Picturehouse, at 4:00 PM
06.10. Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse, at 6:30 PM
08.10. Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse, at 6:45 PM
07.11. Edinburgh, the Cameo, at 3:30 PM
10.11. Prestatyn, Scala, at 6:45 PM
17.11. Henley, Regal Picturehouse, at 6:45 PM

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