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BEOWULF

Scandinavian epos
Jesper la Cour Andersen

supported by Danish Arts Council and Royal Embassy of Denmark in Moscow

    Imagine how you would feel if you where the King of Denmark in the 700th century with gold, glory and a big reputation. Your only problem was a 500 pound ugly and fetid troll, named Grendel, killing your men at random. Maybe you would call it a true nightmare, but storytellers 1300 years later call it the magnificent beginning of a great story. Sitting face to face around the Viking ship, the distance between the action and the audience is minimal — you feel like you take part in the thrilling tale — and who knows, maybe suddenly you do?

    • The Telling Theatre is a touring theatre company based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The company was founded in 1996 by Jesper la Cour Andersen and has been touring all over Denmark performing for groups of children, youth and adults. The Telling Theatre is exploring the meeting point between theatre and its origin: The storytelling. For more than a decade now touring has brought the theatre to Norway, Sweden, Northern Ireland, USA, India, Canada, Germany and Ireland, apart from a continuous work in Denmark. The performances have simple sets and costumes; performers use primitive instruments, which on occasion are used as props. Through expressive physical and vocal acting, mime, music and direct communication ?The Telling Theatre? spur the imagination of the audience, who on their parts are involved in a fantasy journey of the story told.

    «If Beowulf only was a little glint of all that could be seen at the Festival, then it was a shooting star for everyone who saw the performance» by Herning Folkeblad.

    «Beowulf is a magnificent performance all the way through» by Anders Udengaard.

    «The vitality is hug and the play has a provocation grade and raw power that the audience openly enjoys» by Kirsten Dahl, Aarhus Stiftstidende.

    ?Forget the new computergenerated version of Beowulf set to come out of Hollywood this month. If you really want to experience BEOWULF you are going to have to use your imagination.? The Scope, St. Johns, Newfoundland.

    ?Adapted and narrated by Denmark’s Jesper la Cour Andersen , the production is so evocative, you’ll swear you can smell the roasted boar, taste the mead and hear the troll Grendel stomping through the thicket…….. Andersen and Troels Kirk Ejsing make terrific storytellers, combining horror, whimsy and broad laughs, and drawing on the audience in always inventive ways?. BY GLENN SUMI, NOW, Toronto, Canada.

    Directors ? Jesper la Cour Andersen, Troels Kirk Ejsing
    Stage designer Bettina Schorí
    Music composer— Troels Kirk Ejsing

    Storyteller, most characters — Jesper la Cour Andersen
    Musician, few characters — Troels Kirk Ejsing

    Duration ? 1 h.10 min

    Age ? 16+

    www.thetellingtheatre.com

    «If Beowulf only was a little glint of all that could be seen at the Festival, then it was a shooting star for everyone who saw the performance» by Herning Folkeblad.

    «Beowulf is a magnificent performance all the way through» by Anders Udengaard.

    «The vitality is hug and the play has a provocation grade and raw power that the audience openly enjoys» by Kirsten Dahl, Aarhus Stiftstidende.

    ?Forget the new computergenerated version of Beowulf set to come out of Hollywood this month. If you really want to experience BEOWULF you are going to have to use your imagination.? The Scope, St. Johns, Newfoundland.

    ?Adapted and narrated by Denmark’s Jesper la Cour Andersen , the production is so evocative, you’ll swear you can smell the roasted boar, taste the mead and hear the troll Grendel stomping through the thicket…….. Andersen and Troels Kirk Ejsing make terrific storytellers, combining horror, whimsy and broad laughs, and drawing on the audience in always inventive ways?. BY GLENN SUMI, NOW, Toronto, Canada.

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