The hungry beast
If man does not take care it will cost!
Man is dependent on animals and animals on man.
Can man become animals and animals become man?
Can animals speak and can man understand?
“Three men and an accordion in a universe consisting of a small wooden staircase construction, a bundle of cables, a microphone, a couple of big rubber bands and a small feather.
How in the world can this take the audience to the most northern part of Greenland, out on the inland ice, up in the “eagle high” clouds, down to the palm overgrown sandy beaches of the South and out into the sphere, where dream and reality is one and where seconds and eternity merge?
This seems like magic.
Nevertheless, this is what happens in teater2tusind´s performance, “The Hungry Beast”.
- CAST Rasmus Lyberth, Christian Søgaard, Peter Seligmann
- DIRECTOR Ole Sørensen
- CONCEPT/WRITER Peter Seligmann
- SET DESIGNER Claus Helbo
- COMPOSER Rasmus Lyberth og Christian Søgaard
- AGE GROUP 9 – 12 years
- LENGTH 40 min.
- AUDITORIUM Small gymnasium.
- BLACKOUT Not necessary
- FURTHER INFORMATION please contact teater2tusind
Fyns Amts Avis, Juni 2007 ( Marianne Kjær)
A charming, musical narrative performance from the land of the polar bears.
Two musicians and one actor, strong and strange folktales from Northern Greenland, a lot of humour, imagination, clever use of a small sound system, an accordion and a guitar.
These are the ingredients in teater2tusind’s new performance, “The Hungry Beast”.
The urban legends, the tall stories form the North freeze the spectators to their seats, for the three actors narrates and plays so vividly, surprising and funny, that times flies like the eagle spirit and the child with a raven’s beak and wings.
The stories are tied together without superfluous knots into one and end with the woman, who in grief over her stillborn child adopts a polar bear cub. Besides a great story collage, you´ll get some knowledge of the Greenlandic language and the folktales, and moreover you are royally entertained.“The Hungry Beast” must really sink their teeth into the middle school pupils – they really did with this adult audience at the premiere June 22nd in Peter Seligmann’s theatre house on Enghavevej in Svendborg.
Århus Stiftstidende, 19.11.2007, (Kirsten Dahl)
How in the world can this take the audience to the most northern part of Greenland, out on the inland ice, up in the “eagle high” clouds, down to the palm overgrown sandy beaches of the South and out into the sphere, where dream and reality is one and where seconds and eternity merge? This seems like magic. Nevertheless, this is what happens in teater2tusind´s performance, “The Hungry Beast”.
As the director, Ole Sørensen has been able to reach narrative heights with a minimalistic arrangement. As the set designer, Claus Helbo has dared the same pared down textural effect. And the performance rises especially because the trio, Rasmus Lyberth, Christian Søgaard and Peter Seligmann individually and together master the difficult art of the narrative. It is a pleasure to see Peter Seligmann lift up his anorak and point out the polar bear area on his undershirt’s Greenland map, and then see what he can do as a narrator, Greenlandic polar bear mother and more.
Christian Søgaard stirringly brings the large Northern continent closer with accordion sounds, painted face and with the stick of the mask tradition in his mouth.
It is elixir to see Rasmus Lyberth sink to his knees and become the little polar bear cub. As it is, through his voice, being taken to white ice floes, feeling the cold gust of the wind and lose the horizon and the safe foothold.
If you want to experience the Greenlandic soul and if you want to hear a Greenlandic myth filled with stirring dimensions, poetic texts and thought provoking layers, being interpreted in an exciting manner, and if you want to give yourself a great theatre experience, “The Hungry Beast” is truly a very good gift.
SydsjællandskeTidende, 26.11.2007 (Jens Bjerre Tybjerg)
A fascinating tale from the land of the white bears. Several Greenlandic myths were linked up in a performance from life to death, about hunters and animals. It was moving to hear about the polar bear’s hunt for the seal, which ends with the death of the polar bear and the seal’s transformation into the eagle.
The whole gamut of emotions was present in the story about the woman, who loses her child and instead adopts a polar bear cub.
The stories came alive through strong body language, wonderful mime and great musicality.