Play has not always been regarded as important, either by professionals or the majority of adults. We used to talk about play as something trivial, and as a kind of ‘stuff and nonsense’ performed by children, and certainly not as important as the activities performed by adults. But this view of play has now changed. Over the last few decades, there has been a great deal of research into play, and we now know that play and creativity can stimulate all the facets of a child’s development.
In Damen på stranden (Woman on the beach) we meet the actress and dancer Helen Viksvedt, the dancer Mikael Rønne and composer and musician Filip Sande in a close-knit production. The woman is stiff and edgy in her physical language. She is controlled by fixed rituals and rules, and is self-centred, not very spontaneous, and does not like to be disturbed. The little boy is the opposite: He is full of life, play and curiosity. The musician is the link between the two characters. Slowly, the woman becomes drawn into the boy’s playful world. She remembers childhood memories and find her way back to the free play and creativity which she has lost. Gradually, strange and imaginative situations and incidents start to occur, leading them both into a surreal and musical landscape where anything can happen and everything is possible.
Suitable for children over the age of 4.