Growth of the Soil


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Actors: Gard B. Eidsvold and Juni Dahr
Adaption and direction:  Yngve Sundvor
Music: Lars Horntveth and Tore Brunborg
Producer: Marianne Roland
Lighting: Frank Tangen

Growth of the Soil was created in 2005, opening during The Arts Festival of North Norway. Growth of the Soil has toured barns all over Norway 2006-2015 and has been seen by approximately 25 000 persons, many inhabiting remote places in Norway.

In Yngve Sundvors adaptation and direction of Growth of the Soil Juni Dahr and Gard B. Eidsvold are Isak and Inger in their right element: on the barn. This version of Growth of the Soil emphasises humble values such as modesty, one has to plant the seed before one can harvest and fill the barn. The metaphor also refers to two persons’ life spans, their love to one another, making them choose each other over and over again, to invest in each other and to know that nothing grows unless work and time has been invested in it.

Growth of the Soil is a giant in Norwegian literature. Knut Hamsun received the Nobel Prize in 1920 for the narrative about the pioneer Isak seeking his own land up north, and the hare-lipped woman Inger, coming walking to him over the mountains. Together they create a life, building the farm and the family called Sellanrå.

Growth of the Soil is only presented in barns and the tour is dubbed Låvetour.

Growth of the Soil was supported by Fritt Ord, the Norwegian Arts Council and The Norwegian Composer’s Foundation.

Press reviews:

«Growth of the Soil on the barn floor, a stroke of genius».     VG

«Entertaining, well played barn theatre, beautiful and fun».      Aftenposten

«…a small masterpiece».         Harstad Tidende

«The story is told with surprising effects. Dahr and Eidsvold are both very physical, which the expression demands. They suit each other and this is narrative theatre on its best. Sundvor has lifted the sober story to something light and humorous, but he has in an exceptional manner kept the dark undercurrents».

Fredrik Rütter, Tønsbergs Blad, August 2010