Hello Hauge

The artists Juni Dahr, Tore Brunborg and Thomas Strønen have made a lyrical and musical performance «Hello Hauge», based on the Olav H. Hauge’s poems.

The performance was originally commissioned for a poetry festival in Norway in 2008, where it received great reviews – one newspaper characterized it as «gourmet food for the soul».

“Hello Hauge” to China:

“Hello Hauge” will be performed in Peking University on March 1st and Shanghai Fudan University on March 3rd.The Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge (1908 – 1994) was inspired by Chinese poetry during his entire life. His work has been translated by Norwegian professor Harald Bøckman and Chinese contemporary poet Xi Chuan, and will be published by the Writers Publishing House in Feb. 2009.

Olav H. Hauge lived a reserved life as fruit farmer in western Norway. His poems revolve around nature and everyday life, they have been translated into many languages and continue to have a large influence.

Hauge’s first poems were all in a traditional form. He later wrote modernist poetry and in particular concrete poetry. Hauge was inspired by the simplicity of Chinese poetry, and it is reflected in several of the poems. The dialogues in Hauge’s poems stretch widely within the literary field. When he conversed intertextually with other poets, it could just as well be pre-romantic, classic European, classic Chinese or Norse poetry as post-romantic European modernists.

Mr. Svein O. Sæther (Norwegian Ambassador to China):
”I’m very glad that we have the opportunity to bring Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge back to Chinese readers. He was deeply influenced by Chinese culture during his entire life. I hope it can further trigger more cultural exchange between Norway and China.”
Writers Publishing House:
”Hauge’s poems are simple, generous, swift and direct to the core of the subject and poetry, its style has the magic distant response to ancient Chinese poetry. The publishing of his works is a critical event of Sino-Norwegian contemporary poetry and cultural exchange, which will obsess the Chinese readers.

Supported by: The Norwegian Embassy, The Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai, Writers Publishing House, Hauge/Tveit08,Visions Theatre Company, Mawood Theatre, Time Arts, Peking University Concert Hall, Shanghai Fudan University.

About the artists:

Juni Dahr
Graduated from The Norwegian National Academy of Theatre. Juni has toured and visited many places of the world with her own company “Visions” and won many awards. She searches for a close and direct acting style in her performances, often in collaboration with musicians. Her scenes have often been set at untraditional arenas. She is known for ”Jeanne d`Arc”, ”Ibsen’s women”, ”Growth of the Soil” and “A Doll’s House at 15 Wessels St.”. She also works on projects with different musicians under the headline TeaterBand.

Tore Brunborg
Tenor and soprano saxophonist, organizer and composer and has become one of the most popular saxophonists in Norway. With his band ”Masqualero” he toured both Europe and USA, created great music at several festivals, and took home three statuettes at the main Norwegian annual music award “Spelemannsprisen”. He has played with Jon Balke, Pat Metheny and Arild Andersen. He also plays with Tore Brunborg Quartet and Geir Lysne’s Listening Ensemble.

Thomas Strønen
Has developed a distinctive world of sound with his sophisticated use of drums, percussion and electronics. As one of Norway’s most innovative drummers, he has participated in more than 40 publications with bands like Parish (ECM, with Bobo Stenson and more), Humcrush (with Staale Storloekken) and Food (with Iain Ballamy). His solo percussion record Pohlitz is released by Rune Grammofon. He has been mentioned as a link between contemporary music and electronica. At the moment he is working on a unique concept, where percussion and electronics meets string quartet of Stroenen’s own compositions, with the British string quartet McFalls Chamber.

Marianne Roland
Theater producer for Visions Theatre Company with productions ”Growth of the Soil”, ”A Doll’s House” and ”Hello Hauge”. Graduated from the University of Bergen with a master degree in drama. Worked as drama consultant in Baerum Municipality. She has worked at Bergen International Theatre Festival.