“My grandfather was a sailor. He had a naked woman tattooed on his upper arm, and I remember him as a smell of tar and tobacco. He came from an island on the west-coast of Norway, a tiny harbor filled with foreign ships and languages, fishermen, sailors and children waiting for fathers who never came home from the sea. A landscape of wind, vast ocean and women standing looking out at the horizon. Weathered faces, sore hands and churches with boats hanging from the ceiling in hope of protection. My ancestors were buried in Portuguese soil, because the churchyard on this island didn´t have enough earth to bury their own dead. I like how the sea somehow draws invisible lines between the different corners of the world, how it creates points of connection. How, facing this force of nature, we are all the same. And no-one captures the battle between man and nature like Herman Melville in “Moby Dick”. An ancient white whale, a captain steering his ship into destruction and the inner storms of the human heart. Moby Dick is the tale of a whaling expedition, but also the story of an obsession or an investigation into the unexplained mysteries of life. To quote Melville; It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.
So, with seven actors, fifty puppets, video-projections, a drowned orchestra and a whale-sized whale, I am currently working on a visual adaptation of this wonderful beast of a book."
Director – Yngvild Aspeli
Assistant director – Pierre Tual
Dramaturg – Pauline Thimonnier
Actors and puppeteers – Pierre Devérines, Sarah Lascar, Aitor Sanz Juanes, Alice Chéné, Viktor Lukawski, Maja Kunsic and Andreu Martinez Costa.
Music – Guro Skumsnes Moe and Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen
Puppets –Polina Borisova, Yngvild Aspeli and Manon Leblanc.
Scenography – Elisabeth Holager Lund
Lights– Xavier Lescat and Vincent Loubière
Video – David Lejard-Ruffet