Growth of the soil/Markens Grøde (Hamsun)

Growth of the Soil was created in 2005, opening during The Arts Festival of North Norway. Growth of the Soil has toured barns all over Norway 2006-2018 and has been seen by approximately 26 000 persons, many inhabiting remote places in Norway.

Growth of the Soil has been on tour to Västanå Teater in Sunne in Sweden and to Teremiski in the Bialowieski forest park Narodowy in Poland.

In Yngve Sundvor‘s adaptation and direction of Knut Hamsun’s Growth of the Soil, Juni Dahr and Gard B. Eidsvold are Isak and Inger in their right element in the barn. This version of Growth of the Soil emphasises humble values such as modesty, one has to plant the seed before one can harvest and fill the barn. The metaphor also refers to two persons’ life spans, their love of one another, making them choose each other over and over again, to invest in each other and to know that nothing grows unless work and time has been invested in it.

Growth of the Soil is a giant in Norwegian literature. Knut Hamsun received the Nobel Prize in 1920 for the novel about the pioneer Isak seeking his own land up north, and the hare-lipped woman Inger, coming walking to him over the mountains. Together they create a life, building the farm and the family called Sellanrå.


Photos by Einar Nymoan and Peder Gjersøe (Tønsberg blad).


Actors: Gard B. Eidsvold and Juni Dahr
Adaption and direction:  Yngve Sundvor, of the novel by Knut Hamsun
Music: Lars Horntveth and Tore Brunborg
Producer: Marianne Roland
Lighting: Frank Tangen

Supported by: Arts Council Norway, FFUK, FFLB, Fritt Ord, Bergesenstiftelsen, DKS i Oslo, Ministery of Foreign Affairs.

Overview of venues

Growth of the Soil is only presented in barns, and the tour we call Låvetour:

Opening night at the barn of Kulseng farm in Harstad 19 June 2005 as headliner for Festspillene i Nord-Norge. These farms have been arenas for the performance and visited by Låvetour 2006-2018:

Moen Nordre, Målselv. Flittie, Lesja. Ilegutu, Rakkestad. Ringelien, Søndre Land. Holm gård, Holmsbu. Bygdøy Kongsgård, Oslo

Bygdøy Kongsgård, Oslo. Børsheim gård, Ulvik. Storegra gard, Grimstad. Åseng gård, Maihaugen. Valbjør gård, Vågå. Geiteberg gard, Hobøl

Tokstad gård, Ringsaker. Myrnes gård, Seiland, Hammerfest. Bygdøy Kongsgard, Oslo. Bakkhus gård, Tessungdalen. Pittergarden, Bjerkreim. Dale gård, Sandnes

Agnor gård, Nesodden. Hoppestad gård, Skien. Garmostrædet, Lom. Kråkmo gård, Hamarøy. Bjelde gard, Sogndal. Bygdøy Kongsgård, Oslo. Mære Landbruksskole, Trøndelag. 

Piltingsrud gård, Valdres. Herre-Skjelbred gård, Andebu. Holm gård, Holmsbu. Ny Jord gård, “Horva 2010”, Sandnessjøen. Bygdøy Kongsgård, Oslo.

Sjurderud gård, Våler. Hoppestad gård, Skien. Bakkhus gård, Tessungdalen. Bygdøy Kongsgård, Oslo

Kråkmo gård, Hamarøy. Sunne i Sverige hos Västanå teater. Geiteberg gard, Hobøl

Snefugl gård, Buvika. Dalen gård, Hatt elldal. Nord Ulland gård, Numedal. Bygdøy Kongsgård, Oslo.

Snefugl gård, Buvika. Dalen gård, Hattfjelldal. Nord Ulland gård, Numedal. Bygdøy Kongsgård, Oslo.

Holkestad, Steigen. 

Theatre festival in Ålesund. 

Teatr w Teremiskach, Poland


Studio Vega, Oppegården, Vega