DRAMATEN - Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden
Director: Anna Pettersson
Performed in Swedish, with Hungarian and English subtitles
1 hours 15 minutes, without breaks.
Hedda Gabler is one of Henrik Ibsen’s most enduring masterpieces. The story of the frustrated Hedda, trapped in a patriarchal world that she yearns to escape with increasing desperation, was written in 1890. Anna Pettersson played the title role in the celebrated 1998 production of the play at City Theatre. Today, as a director she continues exploring the work of Ibsen, staging his dramas in radical interpretations. In this production Hedda Gabler is played by Electra Hallman. She is the only character who is physically present on the stage, and as Hedda she interacts with video projections of the other three (male) characters: Jørgen Tesman, Assesor Brack, and Ejlert Løvborg (played by actors of the National Theatre in Oslo). The point of departure for the stage design was Ibsen’s birthplace, Oslo. The past and the present exist side by side, thus the psychologically realistic style is interrupted by dream-like passages between the two. Anna Pettersson investigates how this naturalistic drama, which has become a classic over the course of the years, became familiar and not scandalous for audiences. She seeks interpretations that will allow the play to captivate audiences the same way it shook the stage in the 1800s. How could Hedda Gabler be deconstructed to make it shocking again?
Hedda Gabler: Electra Hallman
In addition: Mattis Herman Nyquist, Kim Haugen, Eindride Eidsvold (on the screen)
Lighting design: Magnus Pettersson
Hair and make-up: Thea Holmberg Kristensen
Film prodiction: Dallas Motion Agency
Film photografer: Klas Hjertberg, Dallas Motion Agency
Composer: Gustave Lund
Costume designer: Jan Lundberg
Stage designer: Jan Lundberg / Anna Pettersson