Hege Randi Tørressen is a Norwegian theatre practitioner based in Oslo. She studied at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich, where she received a master's degree in theatre and literature. For the past 25 years, she has worked on more than 100 theatre productions in Norwegian, German, English and Chinese language. For the last 17 years she has worked as dramaturge at the National Theatre (Nationaltheatret) in Oslo. She is a consultant for "The International Ibsen Festival" and has been a jury member of the Norwegian Ibsen Price for 7 years. During the last 3 years she has also been working as Dramaturge Director for Ibsen International where, amongst other things, she has been involved in Wang Chong's 'Ibsen in one take' and 'New Text, New Stage I and II'.
Jon Oav Fosse born 29 September 1959 in Norway and is a world famous author and dramatist. The Daily Telegraph has ranked Jon Fosse as number 83 on the list of the Top 100 living geniuses. He debuted in 1983 with the novel Red, black. His first play, 'And Never We'll be Parted' was performed and published in 1994.
Jon Fosse has written novels, short stories, poetry, children's books, essays and plays. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and performed all over the world.
Ibsen International started The Jon Fosse Project as part of Ibsen in China and launched him to China in 2010 with 'Someone is going to Come', translated by Lulu Zou. She has then translated 8 more plays ('A Summers Day, Death Variations', 'The Guitar man', 'The Name', 'Dream of Autumn', 'I am the wind', 'Shadows' and 'We’ll Never Be Parted'). The first book, Volume 1 –Plays by Jon Fosse in Chinese, was published in November 2014 as part of the first International Fosse Festival, Fosse’s Blossoms, in Shanghai. Shanghai Translating Publishing House will also publish the next book,Volume 2 –Plays by Jon Fosse in Chinese, in January 2016.
The main partner for the Fosse Project in China is Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre (SDAC). Ibsen International and The Arctic Opera commissioned a new libretto by Fosse for the new opera based on Ibsen’s famous character Nora, the opera, NORA – too late, music by Du Wei, premiered in October 2014 as part of Ibsen in China 2014 and will be touring internationally in 2015 and 2016.
Jon Fosse has received numerous awards such as: Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 2005, The Swedish Academy Nordic Prize in 2007, The Federal Ministry of Family Affairs' Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 2007, Chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite of France in 2007, The International Ibsen Awards in 2010
Since 2011, Fosse has been granted the Grotten, an honorary residence owned by the Norwegian state and located on the premises of the Royal Palace in the city centre of Oslo. Grotten as a permanent residence is an honor specially bestowed by the King of Norway for contributions to Norwegian arts and culture.
Hong Kong Repertory Theatre
The Hong Kong Repertory Theatre (HKRep) is the longest standing and largest professional theatre company in the city, established in 1977 and incorporated in 2001. Financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Hong Kong Repertory operates under the guidance of its Governing Council, and employs a team of over 60 full-time professionals including the artistic director, resident director, actors, technical and stage management staff as well as administrators. Since its establishment 38 years ago, it has presented more than 300 productions, many of which have become classics of the local theatre canon. HKRep produces and develops a high quality, innovative and diverse repertoire, encompassing Chinese, international, classic, and contemporary theatre, as well as original new works by local artists. It aims to develop the audiences’ interest and appreciation of theatre and to enrich the city’s cultural life, through its leadership position as the city’s flagship theatre company.
HKRep is deeply committed to the development of theatre education. We consider it a crucial part of audience development, targeting the next generation as well as the general public, to cultivate an appreciation of the arts and culture. To this end, we have been actively involved in the presentation of high-quality theatre education projects. In order to give back to society through theatre, we organize annually over 2,000 community outreach and educational events, benefitting more than 520,000 audience members.
Hong Kong Repertory is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Hong Kong Repertory Theatre is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong City Hall.
A fine talent in stage art, Fung is not only an actress but also a director, playwright and programme coordinator. She obtained an MFA in Theatre Practice at the University of Exeter and was a graduate of the inaugural class of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ School of Drama. Fung has taken on various positions of the HKREP, including Principal Actress, assistant to the Artistic Director and the Project Coordinator of “Rep 2 Programmes”. Beginning in 2010, she became Resident Director at the HKREP, coordinating and planning the company’s Black Box productions.
Fung has been nominated for fourteen times for the Hong Kong Drama Awards, having received five such awards to date. In 2003, her outstanding performance in the original musical Sweet & Sour Hong Kong made her the first Hong Kong stage professional to win the 15th Shanghai Magnolia Stage Award as Best Supporting Actress. She was also a recipient of the Secretary for Home Affairs’ Commendation Scheme in 2005 for her contribution to the promotion of culture and the arts. She was awarded Best Director (Tragedy/Drama) for Red (1st run) and for Attempts on her Life at the Hong Kong Drama Awards in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
Productions that Fung co-wrote include Crossings, The Backyard, A Matter of 4 x 6 and Papa Mama, Thy Wind Blows Ever. She was also co-director of Departure 00:00,as well as Central Deconstructed, along with Kuo Jian Hong of Singapore’s The Theatre Practice, which was performed in both Singapore and Hong Kong. Fung directed This Happy VALLEY is VERY Happy, The Heydays, Rabbit Hole, The Cell, Blue Danube , Attempts on her Life and The Sin Family. She has also served as assistant director for many of HKREP’s large-scale productions.
In 1996, Fung was awarded a scholarship by the Asian Cultural Council to study drama in the United States and produced her first work Red Luna at New York’s La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. In 2008, Fung spent two years pursuing an MFA degree in Theatre Practice in England. She graduated with distinction, and was awarded Dean’s Commendation for her outstanding achievements.