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On "No Doctor for the Dead"

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No Doctor for the Dead is an intimate concert performance. The aim of this work has been to bring out the poetic texts and support them through music and movement in a bold and expressive style. They are texts with a special sensitivity to political, historical and social questions like war, peace, violence, destruction and death. They are often about themes that are considered to be not poetical like distance, detachment and lack of emotion.
I cannot tell my own story. To do that, one would have to be absolutely insensitive. And insensitive people remember nothing. So no one gets to hear the truth either about themselves or about others. It is just like the sun, no one can stand to look it in the eye, but no one can live without it.
Georg Johannesen

There is a certain kind of work of resistance that is easier to deal with than others. The resistance that flows in your veins, the resistance that comes naturally, the resistance that you do not have to be an intellectual to take part in, the resistance that is controlled, supervised, analysed and put forth from your own gut. As I am very human, with a tendency to laziness, despair, emptiness, doubts about whether anything really matters, I can only deem myself extremely lucky to have a Georg Johannesen well to drink from. For I am thirsty and in need of water.
Geddy Aniksdal

Back to basics: performing body, voice, text and music. No set. Action. Yes! Physical action, vocal action. Also
speaking, reading aloud, writing and publishing a text like Georg’s, is an action. This is the fifth time we present a performance based on the texts by Georg Johannesen. Quite simply, in our native Norwegian language he is the greatest contemporary poet. He opposes intellectual sensitivity to the brutal romanticism of our times. These texts, many of them written in the fifties, seem frighteningly up to date. For every strike of the Empire against people, these texts grow in significance.
Tor Arne Ursin

No Doctor for the Dead is a rock ‘n roll poem, a petition for rest Enlightenment of the state on earth
The angels have had enough, they no longer weep, they scream Strident voices pierce space
Nasty words
Thus it is what we have come to: that heaven has stopped preaching peace
Anette Röde
Author: Odin Teatret


Grenland Friteater was founded in 1976 and is located in Friteatret in Porsgrunn in Norway. The group produces and performs theatre performances, invites guest performances, produces festivals, workshops and conferences. Grenland Friteater consists of nine persons, and several freelance collaborators for different projects, besides guests and pupils.The performances vary from intimate and experimental productions to big outdoor shows. Grenland Friteater tours in Norway and abroad. Since 1995, Grenland Friteater organises the Porsgrunn Internasjonale Teaterfestival every year in June.
Geddy Anniksdal is a performer and director at Grenland Friteater and a teacher of actor’s methods of creating their own material. She has been active with the Magdalena Project from its beginning. She is also in the editorial board of the Magdalena Project journal The Open Page. At Roots in Transit Geddy is accompanied by Anette Röde, Leila Berg, Torn Arne Ursin and Georg Johannesen.


No Doctor for the Dead

Production / Performance,
Actor/singer: Geddy Aniksdal Piano: Anette Röde Director: Torn Arne Ursin Text: Georg Johannesen Music: Guttorm Guttormsen Costumes: Gerd Christians Light design and sound: Leila Berg Sound design: Geir Bremer Øvrebø


This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the partner institutions.

Roots in Transit IV

Women´s International Theatre Festival and Meeting

(15 January 04 - 25 January 04)


Odin teatret

Grenland Friteater