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Indian theatre group awarded Ibsen scholarship

An Indian initiative has been awarded the Ibsen scholarship 2017. NOK 2 000 000 (approximately Euros 210 000) are awarded to the winners of the scholarship.

The project - Nora questions patriarchy in Bengal - aims to adapt Ibsen’s A Doll’s House to a Bengali context and addresses questions about patriarchy especially in rural areas that shows high prevalence of child marriages and trafficking due to the patriarchal traditions.

The issues will be discussed through interventions using the method of forum theatre combined with local cultural forms. The performance will travel to 10 villages. Interactions between actors and audience will investigate the definition of empowerment perceived in the play. At the same time, it will interrogate issues of internalized patriarchy. Seminars will be organized in selected cities with artists, theatre activists and women’s rights organizations to compare the perspective of a rural citizen with an urban citizen on patriarchy related issues. Seeing theatre as an art of democracy will also be discussed.

The jury has evaluated 88 applications from 43 countries for the Ibsen scholarships. They are awarded innovative projects in the field of drama and performing arts that act as incentives for critical discourse in regards to existential and society-related subject matters concerning Henrik Ibsen. The other winners of 2017 are from Greece, Colombia, Sweden/Norway and Brazil.

The winning projects will be presented at the festival Skien International Ibsen Conference on October 18thand 19th at Teater Ibsen. The festival hosts guest performances, co-productions and artistic collaborations from Greece, Morocco and Norway.