Arts Festival Gold brings our events to people who for various reasons cannot make it to the concert hall. The festival repeats last year´s success with a visit to an Elderly Residential Home. The residents will be entertained by ”Two women – one fate”, based upon shared cultural experience in Norway and Russia. Sadio Nor Teater and Bespalova are the producers, and children from SFO will also be invited.
This simple, yet gripping tale charts the parallel lives of a Russian and a Norwegian woman. They sit at home, on a divided stage, singing folk songs and clothed in traditional dress. We travel with them through their childhood, at work and at play, and in joy and sorrow. Politics, people and countries come and go as the years drift by. Sadio Nor Teater and the actress Ekaterina Bespalova have created a touching performance which is aimed at reaching an elderly audience and people suffering from dementia. Both Bespalova and the actress Nina Rosenlund are very experienced in the art of presenting theatre in Elderly Residential Homes. Together with the Russian pianist Elena Panshina they convey stories about the joy of life, through words and song.
- All the residents were fascinated by the dances and songs. The best moment of all was when the actresses mingled with the public and sang to them. Wonderful!
Tove Haugholt, Seminaret bo- og rehabiliteringssenter (Tromsø)
Dramaturgy/direction: Elena Krynzhina
Folk music: Andrey Serov, Julija Serova, Sergey Kazantsev, Bente Reibo and Ola Graff
Traditional costumes: Nina Erdahl and Tatjana Shorohova
Seemstress: Larisa Demidova
Project leader: Elisabeth L. Olsen