“A performance that is so beautiful that it hurts” – Therese Bjørneboe, Aftenposten.
“I still have no overview of what really happened there. But when I walked out of the theater, people looked quite different. More whole. Holier. And I could still taste a bit of space in my mouth: Something larger than us, in us. “- Demian Marco Vitanza, The Norwegian Shakespeare and Theatre Journal.
“De Utvalgte bring out the universal of being human, whether one is born this way or that way. We all exist … An important message “- Idalou Larsen, Klassekampen.
In continuation of “The Art of becoming tame” and the actualization of the terms “inside” and “outside”, De Utvalgte collaborated with a group of people who are marginalized and fall outside the concept of normality.
People categorize each other by looking for signs of whether one is in the same culture or the same in-group, on the basis of inequality or proximity to the in-group. We are measured against norms of behavior, average intellectual abilities, and culturally accepted emotional expressions. If we are to believe evolutional psychologists, we have an inherited skepticism towards what we perceive as different and alien.
The Lord said to Noah, “Of every clean animal thou shalt take with you seven pairs, male and female, and of all animals that are not clean, one pair, the male and female together, of fowls likewise, seven pairs, male and female, to keep each species on earth alive ”
When something is said, it exists in the world. In the performance we use excerpts from Inger Christensen’s poem Alphabet and words examined in the terms of the contributors.
Earth in its orbit around the sun exists
Earth on its route through the Milky Way exists
With waters, land masses
You think of words like chromosomes
And the unsuccessful growth of the fruits of love
Somewhere I am suddenly born
The group received the Hedda Award for special artistic achievement in 2013.