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INTIMATE STORYTELLING AND HIGH-OCTANE PHYSICAL THEATRE

EXPLORE WHAT IT IS THAT REALLY CONNECTS US

                                         NEXT DOOR 2013

 
"Gummiansigtet på Ivan Hansen er som skabt til komik og samspillet med hans finske nabo er perfekt. Udover ganske få rekvisitter og lydeffekter er scenen nøgen. Det er således de to skuespillers fysiske tilstedeværelse der formidler genbesøget i Ivans barndom, hvilket sker så effektfuldt at du ikke har lyst til at forlade teateret igen da forestillingen er slut. Ivans personlige minder kædes sammen med hjertevarme, overblik og humor. Det er derfor altid rart at besøge Ivan Hansens univers der måske nok har udspring i Sydhavn men almengyldige pointer i det enkelte altid kan findes."    - kulturkongen.dk
                                                             
When Ivan Hansen’s neighbor passes away, Ivan suddenly realizes that he doesn’t know anything about him. As Ivan puzzles over how strange it is that you can live next to someone, for years, and not know them at all, he begins to wonder what it is that connects us...

 

A blend of personal memories, shared stories and melodies to remember, Next Door is low-fi, high-octane physical storytelling that celebrates imagination, connection and the importance of relationships. 

 

Concept: Troels Hagen Findsen (DK), Marc Gassot (FIN/FR) og Katrina Bugaj (US/DK)

Direction and set design: Katrina Bugaj

Story: Ivan Hansen, Troels Hagen Findsen, Katrina Bugaj

Performers: Ivan Hansen (DK) og Pekka Räikkönen (FIN)

Sound Design: M.L. Dogg (US)

Light Design: Teemu Nurmelin (FIN)

Costume Design: Noora Salmi (FIN)

​Photographer: Alex Brenner (UK)

Video: Nick Jesper (UK)

 

An earlier version of the work was performed at Kulttuuritehdas Korjaamo in Helsinki, under the working title The Borders Project, after which it toured to venues in Sweden, Denmark and Norway in collaboration with Teater Enkor in Gothenborg, Prøvehallen in Copenhagen, The Ensemble Free Theatre Norway, Grusomhetens Teater in Oslo, and the Teatteri Festivaali Lainsuojattomat in Pori. Next Door officially premiered at The Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2013. It subsequently toured to venues in England, Wales, Scotland, Spain, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Denmark, and The United States. 

 

Next Door received generous support from The Danish Arts Council, DAF, Nordic Culture Point, The Nordic Culture Foundation, The Finnish Arts Council, Fazer and The Derek Institute. As well as the following individuals:

Leading Role ($1000 or more): Henrika Conner, Lee Foster, Barbara Bugaj 

Supporting Role ($500-999): Mary Sireci, Janine Bugaj, Stephan Bugaj 

Ensemble ($100-499): Barbi Rodriguez, Emily Austin & Frank Winslow, James Fausto, Adam Pieniazek & Family

Understudy ($1-99): Mariana Elder, Heather May, Adam Gratch, Brendan Healy, Nina Farengan

 

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"This disarming paean to youthful friendships and neighbourliness is fronted by Ivan Hansen and Pekka Räikkönen, a tip-top double-act. Neatly directed by Katrina Bugaj" - The Times

First Prize & Audience Prize
BIRMINGHAM EUROPEAN FESTIVAL 2013 (UK)
 
Best Male Performers Award
SKENA-UP INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2013 (KOSOVO)