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 are 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 characteristic for her work, like this one. Runa Borch Skolseg is a playwright and author, maximalist, and feminist.
The press about PEER / BITCH (2019):
Caisa-Stina Forssberg fights with and against the text with aggressive energy and drive. The performance was experienced as intense and almost arrogant, but also fun and smart.— Scenekunst.no
The linguistic universe almost overwhelms me, furious and wild, as if it refuses to be placed anywhere. — Norsk Shakespearetidsskrift (Norwegian Shakespeare Magazine)
Choreographer: Henriette Pedersen
Playwright: Runa Borch Skolseg
Performer: Caisa Stina Forssberg
Light design: Ane Reiersen
Set design and costume: Olav Ryland Myrtvedt
Assistant, set design and costume: Antti Bjørn
Make up and wig: Embla Høyland Skognes
Sound: Vilde Ilkama Nupen
Outside ear: Katrine Ganer Skaug
Photo: Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson
Program text: Anette Therese Pettersen
Dramaturge: Oda Radoor
Translator: Helena Fagertun
Producer: Morten Kippe
Co-production: Black Box Teater
The performance is supported by Arts Council Norway, Bergesenstiftelsen, Clara Lachmanns Stiftelse and Letterstedtska Föreningen.