What is your truest moment? Who owns the truth? What is the truth?
Director Bente S. Andersen sent these three questions to people of various ages and backgrounds. She received very different answers, but there were some parallels. Words like love, nature and presence were found in most of the answers.
As stage artists, we have worked with the same three questions in this performance. Harold Pinter’s “Nobel Speech” from 2005 has also been an inspiration and a backdrop. Pinter focuses on art, truth and politics in his speech.
“There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false. I believe that these assertions still make sense and do still apply to the exploration of reality through art.“ – Harold Pinter
Further on, Pinter says in his Nobel Speech:
“Nor is it only important for us as human beings to seek the real truth in our lives. It is most necessary. If not to seek the truth becomes a part of our political vision, there will be no hope to restore what we have almost lost – the human dignity.”
In this performance, we want to create a unique atmosphere where live music, dance, lights, pictures and text brings the audience into a reflective “slowness”, with a lot of time for thoughts, experiences and reflections. The performance is a meeting point between artists and audience, between soup and conversations.
“I find the truth in conversations, face to face, like twisted trees in Finnmark, visible in rough terrain. The world is big. It’s good not to be alone.” - From the performance
“I think it was an amazing experience. I became engaged. I was provoked. I became thoughtful.” - Sør-Varanger Avis
Photo: Hans Petter Eliassen and Torgrim Halvari
Duration approx 90 min including soup being served
Directing and dramaturgy Bente S. Andersen Text Ingeborg Arvola Composer/musician Andreas Fliflet Dancer Nikolay Shchetnev Actress Turid Skoglund Light designer Jan Harald Jensen Visual designer Magnus Holm Slettebø Lydteknikk Håkon Elias PettersenVoice-over (Harold Pinter) Sverre Porsanger/ Norwegian, Jan Egil Engnes/English, Vlad Timonin/ RussianTruth, voice-over Our children, friends and colleagues Production Samovarteateret