‘PEER/BITCH’ is Henriette Pedersen and Runa Borch Skolseg’s matriarchal shout-out to national epic Peer Gynt. ‘PEER/BITCH’ moves the plot 151 years forward in time, lets the main characters swap genders, and explores structural unequal treatment concerning who is allowed to behave like an asshole. Norwegian drama’s perhaps most disagreeable main character is not very interested in submitting to society’s norms, but how rooted are gender and sexuality in Ibsen’s text?
“I am no easy bitch from bygda”, says PEER BITCH. The performance lets unstoppable depression, rage, and lust of the flesh trample Ibsen’s structures, inviting the audience in to a cleansing and liberating round dance.
Choreographer Henriette Pedersen has worked at the intersection of theatre, dance, and visual art since 2000. Questions related to gender, sexuality, and power structures are pervasive in her work, as they are here. Runa Borch Skolseg is a playwright and author, maximalist, and feminist.
THE LANGUAGE IN THIS PIECES IS IN NORWEGIAN AND SWEDISH
Choreographer Henriette Pedersen
Playwright Runa Borch Skolseg
Performer Caisa Stina Forssberg
Lighting Ane Reiersen
Set design and costume Olav Ryland Myrtvedt
Set design and costume assistant Antti Bjørn
Wig and makeup Embla Høyland Skognes
Sound Vilde Ilkama Nupen
Outside ear Katrine Ganer Skaug
Photo Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson
Program text Anette Therese Pettersen
Dramaturge Oda Radoor
Producer Morten Kippe
Co-production Black Box Teater
Supported by Arts Council Norway, Bergesenstiftelsen, Clara Lachmanns Stiftelse and Letterstedtska Föreningen.