Growth of the Soil was created in 2005, opening during The Arts Festival of North Norway. Growth of the Soil has toured barns all over Norway 2006-2018 and has been seen by approximately 26 000 persons, many inhabiting remote places in Norway.
Growth of the Soil has been on tour to Västanå Teater in Sunne in Sweden and to Teremiski in the Bialowieski forest park Narodowy in Poland.
In Yngve Sundvor‘s adaptation and direction of Knut Hamsun’s Growth of the Soil, Juni Dahr and Gard B. Eidsvold are Isak and Inger in their right element in the barn. This version of Growth of the Soil emphasises humble values such as modesty, one has to plant the seed before one can harvest and fill the barn. The metaphor also refers to two persons’ life spans, their love of one another, making them choose each other over and over again, to invest in each other and to know that nothing grows unless work and time has been invested in it.
Growth of the Soil is a giant in Norwegian literature. Knut Hamsun received the Nobel Prize in 1920 for the novel about the pioneer Isak seeking his own land up north, and the hare-lipped woman Inger, coming walking to him over the mountains. Together they create a life, building the farm and the family called Sellanrå.
“… a small masterpiece.” – Harstad Tidende
“Growth of the Soil on the barn floor, a stroke of genius.” – VG
“Entertaining, well played, barn theatre, beautiful and fun.” – Aftenposten