A Norwegian fringe opera company that performs relevant, contemporary and accessible opera
SYSTEMET // THE SYSTEM
TRONDHEIM 14.10 - TICKETS
STJØRDAL 15.10 - TICKETS
SYSTEMET - a satirical chamber opera about the Norwegian welfare system, composed by Gísli Johann Grétarsson to a libretto by Oda Fiskum.
The System is the cornerstone of the social democratic social contract, but it doesn't quite function as it should.
Users receive help, but not the help they need. They get trapped in the waiting room, where they circulate between job seeker courses, work clarifications, and threats of reporting for welfare fraud.
In the crossfire stands the Case Worker.
He tries in vain to help the users while decoding cryptic and conflicting commands from the System; a mysterious welfare phantom without physical presence. The opera culminates in the Case Worker rebelling and becoming more loyal to the citizens than to the System. But was it really such a smart move?
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"... this three-character opera is modern, genuinely funny, and refreshingly simple"
a one-act opera by
Gísli Jóhann Grétarsson og Oda Fiskum
Director: Vera Krohn Svaleng
An opera about the generation that went from using the café as an office to working in a café.
You’re young, you’re promising, your supervisors think you could be something, and all the stories you’ve heard about people who could be something ends with them being it. You get yourself education, experience and expose everyone you meet to your unique, sparkling self. But around the corner looms your thirtieth birthday, and suddenly you’re not “young and promising” anymore. But you haven’t become something that pays the rent or the student loan either. So what do you do? Welcome to the coffe chain SueUs, where dreams shrink but the smallest size is always large.