Growth of the soil (Hamsun)

Growth of the Soil/Markens Grøde was created in 2005, opening at The Arctic Arts Festival in Harstad. Growth of the Soil has toured all over Norway since 2006 and has been seen by approximately 26 000 persons, many inhabiting remote places in Norway.

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 hare-lipped Inger, walking to him over the mountains. Together they create a life, establishing the farm and the family called Sellanraa.

In Yngve Sundvor‘s adaptation and direction, Juni Dahr and Gard B. Eidsvold play Isak and Inger in their right element: The performance is shown in barns only . Visjoner’s version of Growth of the Soil emphasises humble values: One has to plant the seed before one can harvest and fill the barn. The metaphor also refers to two persons’ life spans and their love of one another, making them choose and invest in each other over and over again –  knowing that nothing grows unless work and time has been invested in it.


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 (Norwegian: Låve), and the tour we call “Låvetour”. These farms have been arenas for the performance and visited by Låvetour:

Kulseng farm in Harstad: Opening night June 19th 2005, as headliner for The Arctic Arts Festival.

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
Västanå teater, Sunne, Sweden
Geiteberg gard, Hobøl

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

Holkestad, Steigen

Høstfest Theatre festival,  Ålesund 

Teatr w Teremiskach, Poland

Studio Vega, Oppegården, Vega

Porsgrunn International Theaterfestival, Vedtekka at Borgestad


Låven på Bygdø Kongsgård

Photo for press (high res) by Einar Nymoan
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