Teheran Mon Amour

This show has received a reward by Danish Arts Foundation in 2012.

A performance about the situation of homosexual men in Iran today. It opens with the intial screening of the film: A re-make of one of the greatest love stories on film: “Hiroshima, mon amour”. But instead of a frensh woman and a japanese man, two men –one scandinavian, one persian occupies the leading roles.
Just like in the original, we never learn how they meet, as the story begins right after the two of them has spend a night together at a hotel in Teheran.

In the original film from 1959 the love affair is complicated and impossible. In the this version set in Teheran 2012 the love affair is punishable by death.


The show has received a reward by Danish Arts Foundation in 2012. The jury states:

… an intelligent performance where the audience is presented with different realities in layers, and challenged to ask themselves a series of questions. The love story from Alain Resnais film “Hiroshima, mon amour” is paralleled with a gay love story in today’s Tehran, and the loving couple on stage is confronted with themselves on film. Daniel Norback and Farid Tristan-Sohrabi are touching and credible as the couple, where the intimate and human desire for love are threatened by social forces and the growing threat of war. The performance manages to erase the theater’s affectation and open up to life’s own complexity. Highly successful political theater!


Teheran mon amour premiered April 19, 2012 at Får302, Copenhagen

a performance by Daniel Norback
staged by Erik Pold
video by Helle Lyshøj
scenography by Seimi Nørregaard
music by Martin Vognsen
dramaturgy by Jeppe Kristensen
research by Jaleh Tavakoli
light by Tobias Stål
acting by Farid Tristan-Sohrabi and Daniel Norback

Jagten på et Plot

In Search of a Plot

The performance is adapted to each specific venue, giving the audience opportunity to see an area of the city in a new way. This piece is suited for industrial areas or other parts of a city that are interesting and different. IN SEARCH OF A PLOT can very well be part of various cultural events, a festival or related to activities at a museum.

The performance begins at one joint location. Here the actors divide the audience into three groups and guide them on separate walks. Along their way the viewers meet different characters and see parts of various stories – it all seems to be part of a bigger story.  A film crew interacts with the performance; members of the audience get the chance to interact with the plot – if they so desire. Towards the end, when the walkers are reunited a video is shown. The stories told on the walks are connected and the fragments can be tied together. Just how they connect is open for individual interpretation.

IN SEARCH OF A PLOT looks at plot as phenonema in stage art as well as in our daily lives. In a complex and global world, what narratives lends coherence to our lives, and just how different do we experience the same reality?

The stories in the guided walks are inspired by the works of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.
In his books we often find the central character searching for a sense of meaning – a search that leads to weird and mythical journeys where the most unexpected becomes normal.

The reviewers wrote:
“an international performance level of morbidity amidst a sensory loaded place in the slipstream of “Hotel Pro Forma” (Information)
“A very exciting, different and entertaining, spellbinding and intimate experience that I strongly recommend” (Oestrogen.dk)
“An interesting and funny project – an inspiring attempt to challenge the black box theatre.” (Politiken)


In Search of a Plot premiered June 7, 2011 at Dansehallerne, Carlsberg, in Copenhagen.
On tour in Denmark September 2012: Rønne/Bornholm, Teater Momentum/Odense and Horsens Børneteaterfestival.

Concept and staging: Adelaide Bentzon and Erik Pold
Performers: Johannes Lilleøre, Merete Byrial, Daniel Norback, Sigrid Kandal Husjord, Nina Kareis and Erik Pold
Dramaturg: Karsten Johansen
Videodesign: Helle Lyshøj
Set design: Rebecca Arthy
Music: Pelle Skovmand


Etudes is the eleventh reconstruction of works from the Danish Culture Canon for the Performing Arts by Zarathustra’s Uncle.
Etudes is created by Harald Lander in 1948 with music by Knudaage Riisager based on Carl Czerny’s Etudes.

Etudes was performed May 22, 2010 at Zene+, Viften in Rødovre, Denmark
and January 28, 2012 at Showcase Beat Le Mot: Residenz Evil in Marstall, München

Dancer: Henrik Vestergaard Friis.
Video: Helle Lyshøj.
Choreography: Hilary Briggs, Henriette Thorslund and Harald Lander.
Music: Carl Czerny, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Knudaage Riisager and DJ radio.

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