TITLE OF SHOW: FjORDfIRE&ICE
LENGTH OF SHOW:
100-minutes, plus intermission
THEME [one sentence description]: Norse and Viking legends and myths are explored in this show
CONTENT [brief description]: This show contains stories, legends, myths and music from the Vikings and Norse cultures of Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. It re-creates the rugged lives of gods, dwarves, giants and heroes, the vital characters of these cultures. Swash-buckling, high-energy, quiet intensity, hilarious situations and solutions provide a backdrop for some truly remarkable manifestations of how the Vikings saw themselves, their gods and their world. FjORDfIRE&ICE is presented with amazing authenticity, in its costumes, props and atmosphere. Clear, clean and stark staging create a simple world in which some of the most elaborate and vivid myths in all history evolve and unravel. It is a revelation of a culture which flourished for 300 years and still affects us in our common humanity to this day.
GOAL [the purpose of this show]: To witness and express the textural richness of the Viking cultures and to show modern audiences their relevance to today’s world.
POINT OF VIEW OF ARTISTS: Both Bob and Dana have made a commitment to explore the world’s various cultures, contemporary and historical, in order to witness and reveal ideas and concepts of our human existence which have been known for thousands of years and which still influence us all today in one form or another.
PRESENTATION [skills used to present show]: The setting is simplicity itself: silk drapes on either side of the stage hide the prows of Viking ships and form a great fjord in the central up-stage area. These silks become the colorful tapestry of the emotional moods of the production. Centre-stage is a round platform covered with a large, beige cloth on which are played helmets, shields, spears, costume pieces, drinking horns, heraldic trumpets, swords and the like. This platform is the howe or grave site of the gods, around which all the action takes place. The costumes are in shades of browns, textured with furs, leather-thongs, flowing capes, facsimiles of Viking jewelry made by Bob and Dana themselves. The script comes from the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda of Iceland which is a retelling of all the Vikings stories from all the lands in which they lived or which they conquered. Some of the stories are done in the elevated language of the poetry, some in common, everyday language, some in the form of folk-tale story-telling, some in a formal, presentational style. It is an entertaining, hilarious, thought-provoking production that will introduce any audience to the Viking world.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Festival and Family audiences; Young People’s audiences; seniors and multi-cultural groups of all backgrounds.
CAST: Robert Greenwood (actor) and [Mr.] Dana Luebke (dancer-actor)
LANGUAGE(S) IN WHICH SHOW IS PERFORMED: English [script], Icelandic, Norwegian [songs]
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WHERE SHOW HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PERFORMED OR WORLD PREMIERE, ETC.:
REFERENCES FOR SHOW:
Michael Denscombe, Manager, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, Alberta
Jasenka Ramljak, Associate Director, Medunarodni Djecji Festival Hrvatska, Sibenik, Croatia
WORDS WHICH HAVE BEEN USED TO DESCRIBE THE SHOW:
stands apart from everyday theatre, well-researched, authenticity, superb, powerful, good adherence to the traditions, amazing, impressive, enthralling, admirable
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS, PLEASE CONTACT:
Sun.Ergos, A Company of Theatre and Dance
130 Sunset Way
Priddis, Alberta, CANADA T0L 1W0
TEL 403-931-1527 TOLL FREE 1-800-743-3351