Ringen (eng. The Ring) is Norway’s first contemporary circus performance, and premiered in Haugesund August 8, 2001.
The performance is a co-production between Haugesund Teater, Pain Solution and Cirkus Xanti.
The story of the beautiful Volund, prince of the elves, is told using circus, rock, theatre and dance. With his magic powers Volund can create anything, and he forges an invincible sword and a magic gold ring that produces eight new gold rings every nine days. Volund meets the love of his life, Bodvil, and all is well. But then the evil King Nidad steals his gold, captivates Volund and sentences him to a life as a slave. Volund refuses to give up, and although it seems hopeless, he is determined to restore his honour.
The performance is based on Volund’s poem from the Poetic Edda, and bears a strong resemblance to Wagner’s Neiebelungen Ring and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
Ringen is a rough, beautiful, poetic and funny performance, carrying out the proud circus tradition.
Direction / script: Xanti Schwarz
Performers: Eskil Rønningsbakken, Håvve Fjell, Katrina Nedrebø, Roberto Caccam, Jørgen Tjemsland, Siv Gaustad, Esben Aerius, Maja Aerius, Vilde Broen og Marte Lysaker
Music: Pål Jackman og Per Zanussi
Musicians: Pål Jackman, Per Zanussi, Bergmund Waal Skaslien, Kjetil Møster og Stig Rennestraum.
Set design: Sten Jensen
Choreography: Nuri Ribera
Costume design: Monica Luni
The performance was a part of the Contemporary Circus Festival in Sandvika in 2001.
Haugesund : August 8, 2001 PREMIERE
Stavanger: August 15 and 16, 2001
Kristiansand: August 18 and 19, 2001
Contemporary Circus Festival, Sandvika, Bærum : August 22 – 26, 2001
Kongsvinger: September 1, 2001
Elverum: September 5, 2001
Hamar: September 8 and 9, 2001