The Border

The performance

A man and a woman share a workplace. Mutual respect is a virtue but beneath the surface a territorial war is taking place. And the discovery of emotional addiction. To each other, to the game itself, or a vicious mix of both.

With a bit of imagination, yet another level of understanding is possible. Could this troublesome coexistence resemble a classic border dispute between two nations?

The production is a collaboration between Jo Strømgren Kompani and one of the northernmost institutional theatres in the world – Hålogaland Teater in Tromsø. Even though the full panoramic view to the border dispute hotspot of the Arctic region adds a specific relevance, the theme is universal to the core. Border conflicts exist everywhere.

Length: 60 minutes without interval
Language: Voiceover versions available in Norwegian, English and Russian. More versions on demand.
Premiere: Hålogaland Teater, Tromsø, Norway, September 2011


© Knut Bry
© Knut Bry

Sexy, challenging and entertaining.

Rana Blad, Norway

Breaking borders. ★★★★★☆

Nordlys, Norway

Elegant humour. ★★★★★☆

Avisa Tromsø, Norway

Previously touring

Canada, China, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, North Macedonia, Norway, Russian Federation, South Africa, United States


Script, direction, choreography, set design, costumes: Jo Strømgren
Performers: Jørn-Bjørn Fuller-Gee/Jo Strømgren/Ivar Sverrisson, Ida Holten Worsøe/Sigrid Edvardsson
Lighting design: Stephen Rolfe
Sound design: Lars Årdal
Photography: Knut Bry
Music: Tauno Palo, Viljo Vesterinen, Jean Sibelius, Tamara Lund, Armas Järnefelt, Wayne Shanklin, Maria Tanase, Matti Viljainen
Production: Jo Strømgren Kompani / Hålogaland Teater
Co-production: Agder Teater