Jingle Horse! - a Christmas special
Playful Christmas spirit from a prize-winning choreographer
Jingle Horse! was in 2015 winter guests’ first direct collaboration with The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, and was performed in parallel with the annual re-staging of the National Ballet’s treasured Nutcracker.
What happens when a bunch of world-weary actors (all with a rather complicated relationship to the festive season) are asked to create a Christmas show in collaboration with a handful of overworked dancers from the Norwegian National Ballet?
As quirky and dysfunctional as any manufactured theatrical ‘family’, we discover the winter guests valiantly trying to make a go of it in the idealized, heteronormative, setting of a ‘Classic Christmas Special’. Think of the joyful holiday offerings of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby or Judy Garland, but with next to no musical ability and little regard for the neighborly ‘good will’ demanded of the season.
The ‘family’ set themselves the task of delivering a jolly variety show of self-penned sketches to reflect their personal experiences of Christmas, but soon find their good intentions laid to waste by the realization that putting their own experiences on stage does not make for a fun night out.
Amid a farcical cavalcade of references to A Christmas Carol, the Poltergeist movie, a potty-mouthed Mary Mother of God and the current refugee crisis, our already unconventional family crisis at Christmas is further devastated by the arrival of the terrifyingly cute Jingle Horse, and his seedy side-kick, Secret Santa.
«I can promise a Christmas performance in the best sense of the word,» says Øyen, «not only a festive atmosphere but also dignified, not only playful but also melancholy.»
The ensemble acting of winter guests is so strong it would carry any kind of text you could imagine
- Scene:Teater på Scene 2
- Price:100 - 350 NOK
- /No intermission