Tore Vagn Lid is a Norwegian stage director, playwright and composer. He is the artistic leader for the theatre ensemble Transiteatret-Bergen, Norway, and holds a PhD from the Institut für angewandte Theaterwissenschaft, Giessen (Germany).
Working both with Transiteatret-Bergen and with other scenic projects, Lid has received several prices for his works, including the national Hedda-price for Brechts “Mann ist Mann” (2008) and for his own play “Operation Almenrausch” (2009). Lid was also the first Norwegian director to be invited to the program “Young Directors Project” at the Salzburg Festival 2008, where he was presented with his version of Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eislers “Die Massnahme”.
Here you can watch the complete performance of “Die Massnahme” in Norwegian.
In addition, Lid has given lectures and workshops at the Norwegian Theatre Academy, University of Giessen, the University of Bergen and at the University of Hildesheim and has published articles on directing, dramaturgy and music dramaturgy both in Norway, Denmark and Germany.
In the autumn of 2011 his new book was published at Peter Lang Verlag (Germany) under the title: “Gegenseitige Verfremdungen – Theater als kritischer Stoffwechsel zwischen Bühne und Musik”. Closely connecting praxis with theory – and infact insisting on this connection – the book tries to rethink the possibilities of exploring the music in theatre and the theatre in music.
Other productions include “Almenrausch – A Radiohearing” (NRK) 2011, and the reconstruction, and first- performance of his version of Bertolt Brechts ”Fatzer-Material” in May 2012.
About Fatzer, Vagn Lid writes:
“The Fatzer-complex is for me exceptional, because it gives the rare artistic possibility to discuss the most fundamental political question of to day: What are the possibilities for a new and lasting political mobilization? Is the political (mass)movement – the collective mobilization – possible at all in these heroic times of liberal individualization and social disintegration? In Brechts potent material this is not only effectively downscaled to the core of a group of four, longing for the solidarity and for the political commitment that they fail to conduct themselves. No, the search for the fundamental political condition turns the struggle between these four into a struggle between dialectical forces within one and the same person – i.e. within ourselves.”
These are questions that Vagn Lid continues to explore in his most recent work, the Games of Sorrow-trilogy (“sørgespill-trilogi”), which final part "Judasevangeliet" will be premiered during Ultima Festival this year, and which he will address in the Ultima Academy conversation with Hans-Thies Lehmann on September 13th at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet.