MADAM (2021)

We are in a claustrophobic environment. Wearing tight suits and high riding boots smeared in animal fat, the Nartman Foundation wades through a barren landscape covered in mud and dirt, between large barrels of dissing aspic. They desperately try to stay clean – if they lose something in the mud, everything is destroyed. Out of this hell of mud, the desire arises: the desire to give in and don’t stop!

We will call the Poison Information Center’s telephone 22 59 13 00 and hear what we should do after swallowing a handful of arsenic – could we have saved Emma?

Henriette Pedersen and the Nartman Foundation are no strangers to working with texts in a choreographic setting. This time they have set out to investigate the world´s first realistic novel, “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert (1857). The boredom of the bourgeois marriage of Emma Bovary, the doctor’s wife, leads her into an unspeakable mixture of sex and infidelity, profligacy, longing for death, and self-loathing. Where Flaubert uncovers the hypocricy of the 19th century bourgeoisie, Pedersen presents circumstances and interpretations that are far from realistic – rather hysterical, hypersexual and boundless.


Choreographer/director: Henriette Pedersen
Performers: Håkon Mathias Vassvik, Hildur Kristinsdottir, Kjersti Aas Stenby
Text/Illustration: Pernille Mercury Lindstad
Lights: Ane Reiersen
Sound: Vilde Ilkama Nupen
Scenography: Olav Ryland Myrtvedt
Costume: Solveig Holthe Bygdnes
Dramaturge: Oda Radoor
Photo: Sveinn Fannar Johannsson
Video: Maja Wilhite-Hannisdal
Program text: Frøydis Århus
Producer: Morten Kippe

Language: Norwegian
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Premiere: TBC / spring 2021, Black Box teater (Oslo)
Supported by: Arts Council Norway
Co-production: Black Box teater, Oslo