Students Perform A Doll's House

Students Engage in ‘A Doll’s House’ Performance by Local Theater Group

The students of Birth of Modern Drama: Ibsen and Strindberg attended a reinterpreted production of ‘A Doll’s House’ at a home in Hellerup for their Wednesday field study.

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The theater group, Teatergrad, staged the play in a private home, where the cast, and couple who hosted the event, acted out the play. The actors also were the directors, instructing the audience to perform parts of the play. Edward Daschle, Assistant in the European Humanities Department, described how the students, as the audience, actively engaged in their roles.

“During the performance, the troupe had the audience play hide-and-seek as the Helmer children do in the original script. Later, there was dancing and cheering as the audience became the partygoers just before the play’s climactic scene. They pulled all the marionette strings, turning the viewers into active members of the performance and the homeowners into the central characters, Nora and Torvald Helmer.”

After the play ended with the slamming door of Nora’s departure, the students stayed to discuss the play further with the actors and Birth of Modern Drama: Ibsen and Strindberg faculty member, Morten Egholm.

Morten, who also teaches Scandinavian Moods in Cinema, Modern Frames: European Art and Cinema, and Danish Language and Culture, described the goal behind the field study. “The idea was to show the students an alternative, 21st century Scandinavian take on the old classic. I hope the students had the chance to see the old classic in a new light, showing them that it is just as relevant in the 21st century as it was in the 19th.”

The field study exposed students to a performance that was a unique, and memorable, theatrical experience.

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