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Moby DickPuppet performance, length 0 min

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Moby Dick, Illustration Tina Dobrajc
Moby Dick is a visual performance created by the Norwegian director Yngvild Aspeli, inspired by one of the most famous works by the American writer Herman Melville, written in 1851. A timeless classic depicting a fanatical battle between the savage captain Ahab and a white whale which ends with the captain’s death and the destruction of the ship symbolises a human battle with uncontrollable destiny.
The story about the white whale has inspired numerous artists and found its artistic expression in films, animated formats, books, and comics. Characterised by rhythmic heavily-ornamented sentences with  lots of allusions  to biblical stories, myths, and philosophical and art works, this adventurous narration about ruthless hunters of the illustrious white whale addresses the themes of the battle between man and nature, the relationship between animate and inanimate, between the synergy or divergence of the anthropomorphic and the zoomorphic. At the same time, this whaling story is a story about obsession, madness, and revenge. “Moby Dick is a book to which we are returning constantly to discover new and engaging, fun layers abundant with mystical wisdom,” Yngvild Aspeli said.

Strong images, fascinating characters, and a wonderful rough ocean comprising the literary model for this performance provide fierce visual fragments suggestive of the immense power of the ocean depth, compared to the fragile ship sailing on its surface. The performance dives deep into the mysterious underwater world, which is where the captain’s destructive behaviour will send the ship. Realism intertwines with symbolism as the infinite immensity of the sea instils in the human heart questions about existence.

The Norwegian director Yngvild Aspeli (actress, director, and puppet designer) graduated from the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and from the Marionnette de Charleville-Mézières National Art University (ESNAM). She works in France, Norway, and England. In 2008, she established Plexus Polaire, a strong team of co-creators which is, together with six other actors and actresses from France, Spain, Estonia, and Slovenia, involved in staging the Moby Dick performance. The performance will be staged for the first time at the Nordland Teater (Mo i Rana) in Norway in October. After the Ljubljana première in January 2021, the performance will tour Norway and France.

Co-produced with Plexus Polaire (France) and Norland Visual Theatre (Norway)

Premiere: January 2021, Cankarjev dom

World première: October 2020, Nordland Teater (Mo i Rana, Norway)


Author: Herman Melville
Directed by: Yngvild Aspeli
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