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Who's Afraid of Nora Helmer?

In order for Henrik Ibsen and his women to survive, we must never give up trying to get in close contact with them.


[ibsen] "His themes are deadly to this day. In several parts of the world, Ibsen's pieces are still censored. For he writes about the major and important themes: about personal freedom, about gender equality, about the abuse of political power, about corruption, about child abuse, about idealism. ”

This is how Bentein Baardsom answered the question at the beginning of the Ibsen year, the question "Is Ibsen's relevant today?" The question urges us as readers to draw out the original and perspective-expanding; rewrite, interpret and criticize "eternal Ibsen". So banal the point about strong reads than can sound; it remains a "paper tiger" as long as one still adheres to the simplest dissemination and updating strategy, that is, the appeal of values ​​we already agree on. Every time the media, actors and theater connoisseurs reproduce another superficial, canonized interpretation of Ibsen, they help to strike another nail in his coffin.

Self-righteous imperialism. For what artistic gain does it lie in theatrical productions whose main function is to affirm community values ​​that one must be a dictator, racist or sexist to take offense to? The answer to that may be that equality, democracy and freedom of the press are hot topics in most countries other than the Scandinavian countries,. . .

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