Nordland Visual Theatre plays a key role in developing and promoting visual theatre in Norway. The theatre creates productions ranging from traditional puppet theatre to cross-over productions merging elements from the visual arts, theatre, mime, dance and multi-media. This is done in collaboration with puppeteers, actors, directors, stage designers, composers and artists from all over the world.
Nordland Visual Theatre was founded in 1991 and is funded by Nordland County, the municipality of Vestvågøy and Arts Council Norway. Each summer Nordland Visual Theatre participates in organising Stamsund Theatre Festival.
Stamsund in Lofoten
You will find Nordland Visual Theatre in the arctic, in one of Norway’s most spectacular landscapes – the Lofoten islands. Here the theatre is located in the small fishing community of Stamsund, in the middle of the dominating fishing industries and cultural institutions. It is housed in a building with two stages, workshops, offices and its own guest accomodation.
The coastal express boat calls at Stamsund twice daily (northbound and southbound). The municipal centre of Leknes is only a 15-minute drive away. Here one can find a diversity of shops, an off-licence, cinema, restaurants and airport. There are several daily bus shuttles between Stamsund and Leknes. A car rental is also located in Stamsund.
One of the Visual Theatre's closest neighbours is Stamsund's social centre, Skjærbrygga, which houses a pub and restaurant. We are located in the midst of easily accessible, stunningly beautiful natural surroundings with abundant opportunities for mountain hikes, skiing trips and fishing excursions at sea or in local rivers and lakes. Also located in Stamsund is a alpine ski resort with a 1700-meter descent and a great view from the summit.
A bit about the teatre building.
Nordland Visual Theatre is housed in a building that contains all of the technical and administrative facilities for the theatre's operation. Everything needed for production and the practical daily operation is located under the same roof, making the theatre ideal for working productively and undisturbed during a concentrated project period. Many people find that Stamsund and Lofoten have a quiet peacefulness that is difficult to find in the large urban centres where theatres and theatrical personnel normally work, and this stimulates and promotes an extra zeal to work creatively.
Vistors and workers are lodged in apartments rented by the theatre. The apartments is pleasantly furnished, nad has three or four bedrooms, a living room/ kitchen and bathroom. The apartments and the theatre are equipped with WiFi.
Nordland Visual Theatre's offices and conference room are located on the first and second storeys. Also located here is a sauna and bathroom that may be used by all guests of the theatre.
Visual Theatre's peaceful library (with an open fireplace) also serves as a meeting room and office for guests. The theatre has WiFi and is well-equipped with printers and copying machines.
The sewing room is light and spacious and provides ideal conditions for all textile and costume work. It is equipped with most of the necessary tools and accessories and has a limited selection of textiles. Our sewing assistants will gladly assist with any major or minor sewing projects for productions.
The puppet workshop is located adjacent to the sewing room. It is a spacious and brightlroom in which all manner of creations can come to life.
Nordland Visual Theatre has a fully equipped kitchen that also serves as a lunchroom and is of course available in the evenings as well.
As an extension to the kitchen, there is a laundry available, and on the second storey there is a clothes-drying room.
The Audience Level
All activities involving audiences are on the ground floor.
Visual Theatre's Large Hall is a «black box» 9.6 x 9.3 x 5.5 m. (w d h). We have most required sound and lighting equipment, and during performances we normally install amphitheatre seating for the audience. We have several seating arrangements. The largest of these accommodates about 90 spectators.
Adjoining the Large Hall we have a storeroom/workshop for sound and lighting equipment, with tools and facilities for repairing and adjusting electrically wired accessories.
Our Small Theatre Hall is most often used for rehearsals and storage. The hall is a «black box» measuring 9.2 x 5.7 x 2.8 m. One of the short walls is mirrored. The hall has several large windows that can be blinded. In addition to being an rehearsal room, the Small Theatre Hall has been used on several occasions for opening night parties.
Between the performance halls is the public foyer. The foyer is naturally equipped with a chandelier, piano and bar, and it is used as a theatre café preceding performances.
Most of Nordland Visual Theatre's technical rooms are located in the bottom storey.
The actors' dressing rooms are located in the bottom storey.
Here one can find almost everything - and everyone... In all, there are three storage rooms on the cellar level. In the stage properties storeroom are props, earlier used figures, masks, costumes, etc. (also called the mouldy room). In the props room are sections of sets, masking walls, etc. Farthest inside is the storage room for various audience platforms, rigging elements (also called the champagne room).
Perhaps not a full size painting workshop - but the room does contain most of the items that one needs.
Carpentry Workshop and welding shop
Well-equipped with hand tools, electrical and pneumatic power tools, and a small stock of materials.