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    Linda cleans at the airport. Simone is getting her sex changed. Eleonora is attending a make-up conference and her daughter Memory must carry her beauty boxes. Elly, Molly, Lily and Sally is doing time for murder, and Sally is pregnant. Finally Mira, Eva, Lea and Sara sell their house, even if  it smells terrible. Sara thinks she is Evas daughter and Mira wishes she had a diary. Ma and Lucy are lovers and make a film. Spot and Endo is going to play sisters in the film which is based on a true story. Simone told Ma the story about her grandmother who got pregnant in prison. What is the truth?

    The play has 4 parts: AIRPORT, PRISON; FOR SALE and FILM – In each part there are four women, and they are all connected…

  • The Archaeologists

    Written and directed on commission for The Ibsen Theatre in Skien, 2007.

     

    I AM HERE

    (part 6 from THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS by Lene Therese Teigen)

    UNN

    Early morning, the light is transparent, the sun a white ball behind a veil of cloud.

    The sounds – almost inaudible, but there all the same, the mutter of voices far away.

     

    ANDREAS

    Or from the sea –

     

    BJØRN

    … and birds fleeing towards the mountain –

     

    UNN

    The very plants make you think of tiny islands, ripples on the sea, blue-grey, shimmering rock formations like mussels.

     

    CLARA

    People in movement; strangely slow at a distance.

    Someone asks: Am I dreaming, or is it just time passing quickly?

     

    BJØRN

    Am I dreaming, or is it just time passing quickly?

     

    UNN

    A blue bead is touched lightly and it moves again: grips the surface, lets itself move, and rolls away as if it’s never done anything else –

     

    CLARA

    Towards a little brook, almost dry, almost no water in it this year.

    UNN

    And I suddenly feel there are tears in me that haven’t moved for a very long time, that there are distances here in this moment that I now understand the full extent of.

     

    BJØRN

    The birds spread their wings and are lifted towards the sky –

     

    ANDREAS

    I see a boat, far away. Dark, with bent figures forcing their oars through the frothing water. It churns down crazy wave troughs and is swirled up again –

    BJØRN

    Snow drives obliquely to the ground, the stones sticking through are sharp;

    She walks – no longer seeing the backs in front of her –

     

    UNN

    Seeing nothing anymore – just walls of snow, walls of stone

     

    CLARA

    The wind is strong, calls in front of her, or behind – she isn’t sure, should she walk quickly or slowly, hide or not hide?                                               

    It’s getting dark, getting dark –

     

    ANDREAS

    And the ice climbs in her like a white shadow. Her footsteps maintain a certain length

     

    UNN

    as she crosses the mountains –

     

    ANDREAS

    …as if she is sure that wings may be found –

     

    UNN

    … as if there is still time and no doubt –

     

    ANDREAS

    But when the night mixes with fog and the calls go quiet, she knows nothing –

     

    BJØRN

    She stops:

     

    ANDREAS

    Her own voice whispers only shards of a name

     

    BJØRN

    She feels the darkness seeping, sliding down the mountain, moist, dark, that too.

     

    CLARA

    And nothing has an end or beginning any more.

     

    BJØRN

    The skin splits,

     

    ANDREAS

    gems fall from their settings, nails loosen, disappear,

     

    UNN

    The glowing cheeks pale, the body shakes, the voice just a tiny whimper –

     

    CLARA

    Her red cape has become a grubby pelt.

    ANDREAS

    And it’s over –

    UNN

    And it’s over –

    BJØRN

    It is over –

    CLARA

    It is over –

    UNN

    Was to die, she knew, will no longer breathe here in this sea of fog

    Here she swelled warm against his tongue,

    The dark hands –

     

    ANDREAS

    And from behind the one, for a moment she glimpsed the others,

    The men she had given her time to –

     

    UNN

    – those she had parted from and he she had said no to when her father suggested his name –

     

    ANDREAS

    the thread she had spun,

    the water she had drunk,

     

    CLARA

    ocean sounds, water on hull, wind through grass –

     

    UNN

    and in a fragment of a second she felt the baby’s cheek on her breast;

    the open mouth, the sweet warm breath

     

    BJØRN

    All this with no more than distant sorrow  –

     

    UNN

    The blue bead already rolling more slowly

    To settle in place, here below the mountain ridge

     

    CLARA

    Never again will the warmth of her hands

    get it to glitter a dull purple

     

    UNN

    It’s getting light, light

    Deep voices cut through the mist, through time

    No-one will find me, she thought, once a thousand years ago

     

    ANDREAS

    Now they stand here by her bones

    Feeling the steam rise, the ocean roar

     

    BJØRN

    – and one bird rises towards the sky – endlessly open and colourless

     

    UNN

    I am here, she thinks,

    this is how it will be

    ANDREAS

    I am here

    CLARA

    I am here

     

    BJØRN

    I am here

     

    CLARA

    I am here

     

    UNN

    I am here –

     

    • Life Machine

      written and directed by Lene Therese Teigen, House of Stories coproduced the production with Oslo Nye Teater in 2005. Supported by The Norwegian Arts Council.
    • Mater Nexus

      Produced in Oslo 2001, in Stockholm City Theatre 2002, in Helsinki City Theatre 2003, at The Peoples Theatre in Gothenburg in 2004 and with the Theatre for You at theatre Haiu-za in Roppongi/Tokyo in 2008.
    • Pietà, Radio Drama 1993

      a novel by Erland Kiøsterud. Teigen made it into a radio drama for NRK RADIO DRAMA DEPARTMENT in 1993. Translated and produced in Iceland and Poland.
      • White.Quiet. Novel 1993

        A novel, Aschehoug Publishing House 1993
      • Reel, shortfilm 1991

        With Guro Ekornholmen, Halldis Olafsdottir, Grete Nordrå, Marianne Ustvedt, Simon Andersen, Halldis Rønning, Pål Rønning and Ada Hesjevoll. 

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