photo: Erik Berg
photo: Erik Berg

Virginia Woolf’s essay A Room of One’s Own has inspired choreographer and dancer Daniel Proietto in his work with Woman. What if Shakespeare had had a sister who was just as gifted as he was? She would have killed herself, Virginia Woolf suggests, who chose to take her own life 11 years after writing about Shakespeare’s fictive sister Judith. In keeping with the 17th century’s expectations for women, Judith remains an unfulfilled genius, in contrast to her brother William.

In the solo Proietto draws parallels between the story of Judith and Woolf’s own life, with references to Woolf’s upbringing: her brothers received schooling while she felt imprisoned in the home.

Argentinian Daniel Proietto has toured more than 30 countries, as a dancer, choreographer and educator, and he has won a number of international awards. Since 2005 he has worked closely with winter guests and Alan Lucien Øyen. He has also made a powerful impact as a dancer in the Norwegian National Ballet and as a choreographer with the solo Cygne.


Concept, choreography Daniel Proietto
Performed by Kristin Hjort Inao, Yvonne Øyen, Kate Pendry
Original music Olga Wojciechowska
Original text Kate Pendry (incl. adapted texts from Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West)
Costumes Stine Sjøgren
Set design Leiko Fuseya
Light design Martin Flack
Producer Grethe Henden
Movement material development with Kristin Hjort Inao, Pia Elton Hammer

Supported by Fond for lyd og bilde.

Produced by Riksteatret/Daniel Proietto.

The performance is presented by the CODA festival in collaboration with Riksteatret – the Norwegian National Touring Theatre and the Oslo Opera House.

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