Skien International Ibsen Conference 2009
Skien International Ibsen Conference 2009 will be held on Sept. 10 and 11, 2009 at Ibsenhuset, Skien, Norway. The theme of the conference is The Artist Post Mortem – Managing Artistic Heritage.
The Conference will present examples from both Norway, Great Britain and South America. Ibsen Awards will hand out the International Ibsen Scholarships and the National Ibsen Award under a festive banquet Friday September 11.
The National Ibsen Award is Norway’s only award for playwrights. The award was established in 1986 in Skien, the town of Henrik Ibsen’s birth, for the advancement of new Norwegian drama. Skien municipality is the host of the award and the award ceremony.
Three candidates are nominated for the award: Gyrid Axe Øvsteng, Edvard Hoem and Tale Næss.
The International Ibsen Award for 2009 was given to Ariane Mnouchkine. The committee’s reason is as follows: Everyone who has seen one of Ariane Mnouchkine’s productions at the Théâtre du Soleil in Paris leaves with the feeling of having been part of a tale of enchantment. A tale that is larger than life but at the same time reveals life. A fantastic journey that throws fresh light on history and contemporary society, that enriches thought and feeling and in dramatic language inspires an apparently paradoxical faith in the future.