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22 Mar 2013
21 Mar 2013

Rongesundet (The Bridge)

Spring time, spring light. Nature call. Here is some view from and on the Rongesundet Brigde, located in Sotra.

Rongesundet
Rongesundet
Rongesundet
Rongesundet


20 Mar 2013

Henrik Ibsen 185 anniversary

Henrik Johan Ibsen (20 March 1828 – 23 May 1906) was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as “the father of realism” and is one of the founders of Modernism in the theatre. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, Emperor and Galilean, A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, and The Master Builder. He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare, and Pravda has reported that A Doll’s House is the world’s most performed play.
Several of his plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when European theatre was required to model strict morals of family life and propriety. Ibsen’s work examined the realities that lay behind many façades, revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality. The poetic and cinematic play Peer Gynt, however, has strong surreal elements.
Ibsen is often ranked as one of the truly great playwrights in the European tradition. Richard Hornby describes him as “a profound poetic dramatist—the best since Shakespeare”. He is widely regarded as the most important playwright since Shakespeare. He influenced other playwrights and novelists such as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Miller, James Joyce, and Eugene O’Neill.
Text by Wikipedia

For 185 anniversary. This is Henrik Ibsen postument in Bergen.

Henrik Ibsen


20 Mar 2013

DNS – Den Nationale Scene

Den Nationale Scene is the largest theatre in Bergen, Norway. Den Nationale Scene is also one of the oldest permanent theatre in Norway.
Founded under the name Det Norske Theatre in 1850, the theatre has roots dating back to its founding on the initiative of the Norwegian violinist Ole Bull. The theatre was founded to develop Norwegian playwrights. Henrik Ibsen was one of the first writers-in-residences and art-directors of the theatre and it saw the première in Norway of his first contemporary realist drama The Pillars of Society (Samfundets støtter) on 30 November 1877.
In 1909, The National Theatre moved into the new theater building at Engen. The current theater building was designed by Einar Oscar Schou, and opened 19 February 1909 with a production of Erasmus Montanus by Ludvig Holberg. King Haakon VII of Norway and Queen Maud were in attendance. It soon became apparent that the building was too small. In 1913 the company bought Ekserserhuset Jonsvoll to use it as a warehouse. In 1920, an extension was built to the northwest. Over the years the building has undergone major changes, extensions, renovation, restoration and stage technical modernization. The foyer and the hall were destroyed during the Second World War, and only temporarily restored.
The Theatre experienced a pre-war high point during the period 1934-39 under the leadership Hans Jacob Nilsen. Especially noteworthy was the 1935 premiere of the play Vår ære og vår makt (“Our Honor and our Power”) by Nordahl Grieg.
In 2001 the building was brought almost to its original shape. Today the theatre houses three stages/ venues and presents approximately 20 productions each year, both international and national classics, musicals and contemporary drama, as well as children’s theatre. Since 1993, the theatre has been state property.

Bergen Theather
Bergen Theather
Bergen Theather


19 Mar 2013

Bergen Cathedral

Bergen Cathedral (Norwegian: Bergen domkirke) is the seat of the Diocese of Bjørgvin in the Church of Norway. Located in the city centre of Bergen, Norway, the first recorded reference to it is dated 1181. It retains its ancient dedication to St Olaf (Norwegian: S Olav).
During the reign of king Haakon IV of Norway, a Franciscan friary was established near the church, then known as Olavskirken, or the church of Saint Olaf, which was incorporated in it. The church burned down in 1248 and again in 1270, but was reconstructed after both fires. In 1463, it burned down again, but this time it was not reconstructed until the 1550s, despite being declared the cathedral in 1537.
Bergen Cathedral
After the fires of 1623 and 1640, Bergen Cathedral received its current general appearance. The steeple on the nave was torn down, and the current tower was built. During the renovation in the 1880s by architect Christian Christie, the Rococo interior was replaced to give the interiors back their former medieval appearance.
Bergen Cathedral

A cannonball from the 1665 Battle of Vågen between the English and Dutch fleets remains embedded in the cathedral’s exterior wall.
The present organ at Bergen Cathedral, by Rieger Orgelbau, is from 1997. The organ is the fifth one in the cathedral’s history; the first known organ was installed in 1549. The cathedral is used regularly for concerts.
Bergen Cathedral
This one picture is taken from Wikipedia

On March 18, 2007, Drone Metal band Sunn O))) recorded their live album Dømkirke in the cathedral during the Borealis festival.
Bergen Cathedral
Bergen Cathedral
Bergen Cathedral
Bergen Cathedral
Bergen Cathedral
Bergen Cathedral

18 Mar 2013

Street picture`s factory

Saturday in the city. Waiting for a tourists.
Bergen
Street picture`s factory.

17 Mar 2013

Accretion

Three examples how Bergen fuses with nature. This is typical in the mountain city. I like this places and when I can, I go there for a walk. 

Bergen
Accretion with a rock.
Bergen
Typical small street between rock and buildings.
Bergen
Stairs up, stairs down. Long way to the home.

16 Mar 2013
15 Mar 2013
14 Mar 2013

Wearing street lanterns

Something funny from Bergen in this cold morning. I hope spring will come.

Bergen

Bergen