Nanjing was all about Norway late last month at the second International Ibsen Festival for University Students at Nanjing University.
The Norwegian embassy reports that the jury had a tough time sorting out one winning team from the six universities that entered, but the group from the People’s University of China convinced the jury and the audience on the second day of the festival with their interpretation of Peer Gynt.
Other performances, in both contemporary and classic interpretations: Ghost by Tongji University, Peer Gynt by Taiwan University of Arts, The Lady from the Sea by Shandong University and The Destruction of Borkman by Xi’an International Studies University.
Nanjing Agricultural University contributed with a very interesting piece based on two female characters from two Henrik Ibsen plays, and two female characters from classic Chinese plays, making their performance Women Flowers a unique experience.
The jury consisted of Wu Xiaojiang, director of China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, Inger Buresund, Norwegian director and the founder of Ibsen International and He Chengzhou, professor and director of Chinese-Nordic Cultural Centre and also president of the International Ibsen Committee.