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NIE (New International Encounter)/Oslo, Norway


Director: Alex Byrne
Author: Sjón
Artistic input: Kjell Moberg
Music: NIE
Scenography: Marie Rosendahl Chemnitz
Producers: Iva Moberg, Marlou Beulens
Production manager: Elke Laleman
Assistant: Nikola Rusináková
Actors: Kieran Edwards, Jirí Jelínek, Iva Moberg, Margit Szlavik, Elisabet Topp

About the Play

Seafaring myths, haunting shanties and vivid stories from the deep abound in this epic piece of
theatre – all inspired by a journey half way across the world. For the first time NIE works with a writer, the Icelandic novelist and poet Sjón, lyricist for many of Björk’s best known tunes and winner of the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize in 2005 for the novel Skugga-Baldur.
In November 2009, eight performers from award winning theatre company New International
Encounter (NIE) embarked on a 3500-mile voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from France to
Guadeloupe aboard a cargo ship. Together with Sjón, NIE create a brand new show that
explores the magnificent pull and power of the sea.
Sail alongside a Second World War naval officer in the Indian Ocean and discover the story of
Ella, the first ever Norwegian female trawlerwoman. These tales and more delicately intertwine
with NIE’s experiences on their voyage. Together with Sjón, NIE explored stories and myths
from the sea, songs and shanties and letters from home. Blurring a fine line between fact and
fiction, the show explores the pull and power of the sea from both a very epic and very personal
This performance is played in English, Norwegian, Danish and Czech.

Duration: 65 min
Age group: 14+