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Crafting the musical universe of Astrid Lindgren’s timeless classic The Brothers Lionheart is such a massive task, that I can’t really think about it – I just have to do it. When Brørne Løvehjarte premieres at Det Norske Teatret October 3rd, you will be witnessing a grand new stage realization of the afterlife world of Nangijala, from the mind of director Svein Sturla Hungnes. Exactly how it will look and sound, I still cannot say. But I think it will be quite different from other versions you might have experienced. Especially when it comes to the visuals. Actually, when it comes to the whole concept of how to grasp this story. A story of life and death, of good and evil, of fantasy and reality. I think the way this version will deal with the latter is pretty damned clever.
My work on Løvehjarte is still at an early stage. Currently, a not inconsiderable amount of themes and melodies are being sketched down. We are having meetings and scratching our heads collectively. On the picture above you can gasp at the sheer amount of MacBooks being present when this headscratching is taking place. Us artsy people always use MacBooks. I was using an analogue system called paper and pencil for the time being. Although I forgot my pencil, so I had to borrow one. From an analogue person.
I am not allowed to watch the old movie version, the Swedish one. I remember vaguely seeing it when I was very young. However, I don’t remember any of its music, so I am not able to be affected by it in any way. That is the best way to approach “well-travelled ground” like this, I believe. I am able to focus on the story and interpret it my own way.
And what a story it is. Infinitely sad, and infinitely hopeful.