The Experiment

The performance

Four patriotic women have joined a secret experiment as volunteers. Even though the laboratory is warm and cozy, and at times filled with nice music, there is a growing concern – something is not quite right. Actually, something must be completely wrong.

The performance follow the style of earlier productions such as The Society, The Hospital, and The Department where geopolitical issues are shrinked to fit within four walls and a small group
of individuals. Nonsensical language and cultural references are all related to a well known and powerful state in Eastern Europe. But content is rather universal since horrors in secret greyzones most likely happen anywhere in the world.

Language: Nonsensical Russian
Premiere: 3rd of May 2010, Rakvere Theatre, Rakvere, Estonia


© Knut Bry
© Knut Bry

Beautiful and frightening

Adresseavisen, Norway

Previously touring

Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain


Direction, script, set design, choreography: Jo Strømgren
Performers: Ulla Marie Broch, Hanne Gjerstad Henrichsen, Marte Stolp, Kaia Varjord/Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
Lighting design: Stephen Rolfe
Sound design: Lars Årdal
Photographer: Knut Bry
Costume and styling: Peter Løchstøer, Linda Sande
Sound engineer: Hans Jaran Skogen/Eirik Mordal/Audun Melbye
Light engineer: Jon Kjemprud/Leila Sunniva Berg
Music: Pjotr Leschenko, Loyko, Red Army Orchestra, Alexander Vertinski, Tchaikovksy, Black Sea Cosac Choir, The Balalaika Ensemble, Ida Kelarova, as well as sound from the film “Ivans Childhood” by Andrej Tarkovsky
Vocal arrangements: Ulla Marie Broch, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
Set production: Lise Hagen, Dani Bekkely
Producer: Jo Strømgren Kompani
Head of production/general manager JSK: Guri Glans and Sunniva Steine
Co-producers: Bergen International Festival, Riksteatret