In 2015, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra brought Christian Eriksen and Janove Ottesen together to work on a truly unique project – they were challenged to write a symphonic silent play, lasting 70 minutes. The Mute is now ready for unveiling. Janove Ottesen is the composer behind The Mute, and this is his first large-scale symphonic work. Together with Ottesen, author and actor Christan Eriksen, worked for three years to complete The Mute.
Through this innovative process, the team has become larger and stronger. The Norwegian contemporary composer, Gisle Kverndokk, arranged the music. Jenny’s role is played by Nina Ellen Ødegård. Production designer Arne Nøst, fills the entire airspace with transparent fabrics, cut into different shapes, placed throughout the stage – the animations are projected upon them. Reidar Richardsen is the animator on this project, and Yngve Sundvor is the director and choreographer. The team also includes the Welsh conductor, Nick Davies, who has conducted the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra on many occasions. Davies has conducted the Nobel Peace Prize Concert for several consecutive years.