The Painter

The performance

A TV-show brings historical persons to life. In this episode Munch and Van Gogh are confronted with the present. However, the artists refuse to conform to the rules of the game. Co-production with Ulrike Quade, Nordland Visual Theatre, and Oldenburgisches Staatstheater.

Van Gogh: I often think: you can stick your Sunflower-print, made-in-China ballpoint pen right up your ass.
Munch: Cheers Vincent. I like you.

As contemporaries, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and Edvard Munch (1863-1944) stood at the cradle of modern art. THE PAINTER demonstrates the stark contrast between the overblown, star-like status of the artists today and the petit-bourgeois criticism of their time. The performance is not only about commitment, the absurdity of social and economic conditions and perseverance, but also about disregarding obstacles and the need to express your innermost scream.

THE PAINTER has been created on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Edvard Munch’s birth in 2013. Ulrike Quade and Jo Strømgren Kompani have previously collaborated on THE WRITER (2009), the successful performance about the controversial author and Nobel Prize winner, Knut Hamsun.

Language: Available in English, German, French or Dutch
Premiere: Stamsund International Theatre Festival, June 2013

In co-production with Ulrike Quade, Nordland Visual Theatre and Oldenburgisches Staatstheater.



Previously touring

Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway


Concept: Ulrike Quade, Marc, Becker, Jo Strømgren
Direction: Jo Strømgren
Text: Marc Becker
Performers: Ulrike Quade, Cat Smits
Puppets: Ulrike Quade, Maria Landgraf
Director’s Assistant: Sara Serrano
Costumes: Jacqueline Steijlen
Sound design: Lars Årdal
Lighting design: Jo Strømgren
Music: Gerard Schwarz, Madelene Berg, Shigeru Umebayashi, Henryk Gorecki.
Production: Jo Strømgren Kompani, Ulrike Quade Company (NL), Nordland Visual Theatre (N).
Co-production: Oldenburgisches Staatstheater (D)
Collaborator: Riksteatret
Supported by: Norsk kulturråd