Wednesday 13. 12.
Profile of the work of NIE Theatre in the Palace Akropolis 11.–13. 12. 2023, will present a cross-section of the work of NIE in its width and its unmistakable artistic signature. The selected author's productions are based on real stories. NIE’s focal point is stories about people caught in the wind of history. Ordinary people that experience extraordinary circumstances, because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time.The selected productions have previously been presented separately by NIE in the Czech Republic, but they have never been part of a single guestplay.
13.12.2023 from 18.00 Czech version of the performance
13.12.2023 from 20.00 English version of the perfomance
Inside the tent is a smaller tent, and in that smaller tent sits a young boy. He has come a long way, mostly on his own. He can show what he took with him, explain why he set out on the journey and he can describe where he travelled, but how his story will end, he cannot say…
The performance We Come from Far, Far Away tells a story about two young boys from Aleppo travelling to Norway. Against the backdrop of a journey through Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and onwards to Oslo, they tell stories about people, things and places, but also about life and death. Designed for younger audiences (10+) as well as adults, the performance about seeking refuge is performed inside a Mongolian yurt. Through live music, storytelling, clowning, shadow theatre and a small tent, NIE tells a big story from an intimate distance. The NIE Theatre ensemble created the project We Come from Far, Far Away in cooperation with the Norwegian refugee centre, Hvalstad Transittmottak. It served as the first reception point for young refugees (aged 13–18) who came to Norway without their parents, in hopes of asylum. The refugees they met were mostly from Syria and Afghanistan and had made their journey to Norway alone.
The show premiered at the Showbox Festival in Oslo in November 2016. Since then, it has had over 400 performances in venues and schools in Norway, Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark and the UK as well as festivals in Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Slovenia and Austria. Winner of the Hedda Award 2017 – best performance for young audiences in Norway.
About NIE: NIE Theatre is an international company that makes award-winning theatre performances through a mix of physical theatre, multiple languages, live music and storytelling via an eclectic European ensemble.
Formed in 2001 in the Czech Republic, NIE rehearsed its first three shows in the small town of Mšeno, in the north of the Czech Republic. Those three shows – My Long Journey Home, Past Half Remembered and The End of Everything Ever – won numerous awards and have been seen by audiences all over the world. These three shows form the European Narratives Trilogy. Since NIE’s inception, the company has created 39 new performances and has performed in 42 countries across four continents. NIE has also gone on to create new performances in co-production with different venues and theatre companies from across Europe and beyond, including site-specific work and theatre for younger audiences.
“World class storytelling.” Periskop.no
“With twists of wily humor, some atmospheric live music and the honest details of brutal experiences… Unconditional friendship, like courage and hope, accompanies every step of this powerfully affecting journey.” The Herald Actors: Václav Kalivoda, Iva Moberg, Nora Svalheim, Robert Orr
Director: Alex Byrne & Kjell Moberg
Music: David Hlaváč
Set design: Kateřina Housková
Light design: Šimon Kočí
Production: Iva Moberg
Performance length: 60 min. Post show discussion follows after each performance.
Premiere: 2016 – Asker, Norsko
Age: Everyone above 10 years.
Supported by: Norwegian Ministry of foreign affairs, Arts and Culture Norway, Arts Council England. This performance was made in cooperation with young people living in a refugee camp in Asker and in cooperation with Abdallah Didar Badleh and Ālireza Hussaini.
The project was supported by the EEA and Norway Grants 2014–2021.