Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson's 100th Anniversary
In front of Their Majesties Queen Sonja of Norway and King Harald V of Norway, at the National Theatre of Oslo, Erika Lemay performed for the special celebration of the country father founder Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson.
In Norway, the Ministry of Culture has kicked off the "Bjørnson Year" to underline the 100th anniversary of Bjørnson's death in 1910. He was considered one of Norway's nation builders, a champion of rural interests and a national romanticist who wrote the lengthy poem Ja vi elsker (dette landet) (Yes we love this land) that became the lyrics of Norway's national anthem.
Using the historical inspiration, director PER OLAV SØRENSEN created a magical spectacle telling the life story of the principal character through different forms of Arts. Erika Lemay interpreted two different meaningful figure in the life of the protagonist. Through her Physical Poetry on hands and later in the show flying on aerial silks, Erika was incarnating Bjørnson's wife and aerially the "Imaginary Women" that the great Norwegian author extensively described in his writings.