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Ibsen Prize committee in political row. Curtain goes up on resignations and allegations. Five of seven members on the Ibsen Prize Committee have resigned. Jury Chairperson, actress, and director Liv Ullmann, and the four others claim they’ve been overruled by the politicians, reports Aftenposten. According to the Ministry, winners are obligated to hold a lecture in connection with the annual Henrik Ibsen Conference in the playwright’s hometown, Skien.

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Ibsen Prize committee in political row

Published on Friday, 30th April, 2010 at 14:25 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Curtain goes up on resignations and allegations.

Portrait Henrik Ibsen (1895)
Portrait Henrik Ibsen (1895)
Photo: Eilif Peterssen/Nasjonalgalleriet/Wikime


Offstage

Five of seven members on the Ibsen Prize Committee have resigned. Jury Chairperson, actress, and director Liv Ullmann, and the four others claim they’ve been overruled by the politicians, reports Aftenposten.

According to the Ministry, winners are obligated to hold a lecture in connection with the annual Henrik Ibsen Conference in the playwright’s hometown, Skien.

It claims jury members have known about it since the prize was established in 2007, but there has been internal disagreement. Ullmann alleges she was never informed, writes Bergens Tidende.

As a result the Ministry found it necessary to reiterate the requirement in the prize’s statutes in September last year, causing the five’s exit.

“They’ve done an excellent job. But requiring a prize-winner to hold a lecture or an acceptance speech isn’t unusual,” says Anniken Huitfeldt, the Minister of Culture.

The other committee members who’ve resigned are Danish actress Ghita Nørby, director Eirik Stubø, actress and author Anna Bache-Wiig, and Leif Zern, the theatre critic. This leaves Professor Øyvind Gulliksen of Telemark University College’s Institute of Culture and Humanities, and theatre director Kamaluddin Nilu.

A prima donna

Meanwhile, Rolf Erling Andersen, the Mayor of Skien, criticises Ullmann for overestimating her own importance.

“The Ministry has been extremely soft on Liv Ullmann who’s almost been able to do what she wants. The fact she doesn’t like that Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien, will have to be another discussion. But if she doesn’t realise that Skien, the actual cradle of Ibsen, has to be preserved, then she hasn’t understood what the commitment to Ibsen is all about,” he tells Varden.

Andersen also wonders if she sees herself as being bigger than the playwright himself, and alleges there could be other reasons for her resignation.

“I believe it’s been too much work for her at her age. She’s been looking tired lately.”



Published on Friday, 30th April, 2010 at 14:25 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: henrik, ibsen, liv, ullman, anniken, huitfeldt, ministry, culture, prize, resignations, skien.





  
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