Sons of Norway to present Ibsen DVD

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2009

JUNEAU - The Juneau Sons of Norway Svalbard Lodge will present a DVD showing of the life and works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

There will be a discussion of Ibsen and his writings afterward, at 6:30 p.m. at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright of realistic drama, as well as a poet. He is often referred to as the "father of modern drama" and is one of the founders of modernism in the theatre. Alongside Knut Hamsun, Ibsen is held to be the greatest of Norwegian authors, celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians, and one of the most important playwrights of all time.

His plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when Victorian values of family life and propriety largely held sway in Europe and any challenge to them was considered immoral and outrageous. Ibsen's work examined the realities that lay behind many facades, possessing a revelatory nature that was disquieting to many contemporaries. He introduced a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality.

By the end of his career, Ibsen had completely rewritten the rules of drama with a realism which was to be adopted by Chekhov and others, and which we see in the theater to this day. From Ibsen forward, challenging assumptions and directly speaking about issues has been considered one of the factors that makes a play art rather than entertainment.

For more information, call Dave Moe at 789-2857.

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