The puppets in Great Expectations are made from latex, which makes the surface very like human skin. The puppets nakedness is studied in a strong play between the puppets and the puppeteers who animate what could be seen as their own S/M game in a closed room, where it is their outpouring of pain which is studied; through physical experiments, and encounters with the other.
Great Expectations blends dreams into a landscape of memories to do with origin and perception of imminent destruction. It is a raw, but poetic simultaneously. It may seem disillusioned; but it also forces a desire to reach a wholeness, a safety through - a humble and boundless respect for the fact that the authentic can never be lived, that truth is gagged just as quickly as it emerges; that we are, each one of us, alone; don't want to be alone, but can't be together for ever, missed.
emotion we went out there;
It was blood,
it was what
It flashed your
picture in our eyes, God;
Get drunk, God,
conceptual ideas: HOLLOW CREATURE
directing and scenography: GERD CHRISTIANSEN
text: KATHY ACKER
puppets: HOLLOW CREATURE
dramaturgy: KRISTIAN SELTUN AND HOLLOW CREATURE
puppeteers: PER ARNE LØSET AND KIRSTI LADEGÅRD
consultant pupeteer: TINKEN LAURANTZON
composer: HELGE STEN
sound designer: SVEN ERGA
light design: ØYSTEIN HEITMANN
voices: HANNE DIESERUD
viceo-animasion: JOHNNY YEN AND GERD CHRISTIANSEN
photography & sound technician: STEIN JARLE NILSEN
translation: KIRSTI LADEGÅRD AND KRISTIAN SELTUN
In collaboration with Figurtheatre in Norland. Funded by Norwegian Cultural Advisory Body, Foundation for Active Artists.