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Ester's Book


(2005)

Ester's Book


When, in 2003, my mother Ester was moved to a residential care home at the age of 85 already suffering from senile dementia, I decided to complete the performance which for some time had existed as an idea and a draft - a story of her life.


In a comfortable but unfamiliar room in a residential care home, mother and daughter sit and talk. With a stubbornness bordering on the tragicomic, the same words and terms are constantly repeated. The dialogue reawakens past experiences, unrealised dreams and plans for the future, which only exists in a world of fantasy.

Physical activity is minimal but a diary from the end of the Second World War, a photo album and private film clips from half a century ago reveal different layers of Ester's life. Music and songs from a distant youth accompany pictures and texts, bringing closer historical changes which shook and marked her generation.

The story of my mother is also a reflection on becoming old in present day Denmark, about loneliness and separation.

Nobody is born old. It has been my wish to give voice to some of the fragments of my mother's life which would otherwise have been buried with her.

I am Ester's Book.

Iben Nagel Rasmussen
Holstebro, 2005

 

On Stage:
Version in Danish and English:
Iben Nagel Rasmussen and Uta Motz
Version in Italian: Iben Nagel Rasmussen and Elena Floris

Text and Idea
:
Iben Nagel Rasmussen
Musical arrangement: Uta Motz and Anna Stigsgaard
Technique: Jori Snell
Film: Halfdan Rasmussen and Jan Rüsz
Photo: Jan Rüsz and Morten Stricker
Film montage: Torgeir Wethal
Scenic arrangement: Knud Erik Knudsen
Graphics: Rina Skeel
Scenic advisor: Eugenio Barba

 

Dansk: ESTERS BOG - Ovenstående tekst på dansk

Italiano: IL LIBRO DI ESTER - Il testo di cui sopra in italiano

 

 

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Countries and Places

 

2017

 

 

2016: Denmark (Holstebro)

2015: Denmark (Holstebro)

2014: Denmark (Holstebro)

2013: Denmark (Holstebro)

2012: Denmark (Holstebro)

2011: Poland

2010: Italy

2009: Denmark, Italy, Poland

2008: Cuba, Denmark, Malta

2007: Denmark, Italy, Norway, Poland

2005: Denmark

 

 

International Festivals

 

FestiwalTeatralny Inne Sytuacj, Bygoszcz, Poland (2011)

Kulturfestival Mørket, Mid and West Jutland, Denmark (2009)

Malta Summer Arts Festival in Valletta, Malta (2008)

Festival Magdalena Sin Fronteras II, Santa Clara, Cuba (2008)

 

 

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