The Music, Dance and Performing Arts department at County College of Morris (CCM) will present The Dance of Life: A Celebration of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” on Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performance Art Lab located in the Music Technology Center. It is opened to the public and admission is free.
Known as the father of realism in theater, Norwegian born Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) wrote many plays that focused on social issues and constraints of the Victorian society, most notably “A Doll’s House,” written in 1879.
CCM will celebrate the ground-breaking drama with a multi-media component with scenes from “A Doll’s House” and songs from the 1982 musical sequel “A Doll’S Life,” book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Film clips from a major film adaptation will also be shown. CCM’s dance department will also perform new choreographic works based on an 1899 expressionist painting by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, entitled “The Dance of Life.” After the performances, the English department faculty will answer questions from the audience.
Ibsen’s iconic and controversial character Nora Helmer from “A Doll’s House” has been explored most recently in the 2017 Tony award nominee, “A Doll’s House: Part 2” by Lucas Hnath. Currently in film production is another film adaptation of “A Doll’s House” but no release date has been set.
CCM is located at 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ, 07869. Attendees are asked to park in lot 6.
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Edvard Munch, entitled, ”Dance of Life,” 1899-1900, Oil Painting, Nasjonalmuseet, The Fine Art Collections.