Politiken, the largest Danish newspaper, called DOLLS “charismatic cultural-political opera (in the) landscape between genuinely fun theater and serious socially critical satire.” (K.U. Routhe-Mogensen 16.12.2017)
DOLLS is a solo performance piece which premiered in Copenhagen at Teater FÅR302 from December 1 to December 24, 2017. A performance advent calendar, every day brings a unique performance, where all aspects are performed, sung, designed and manipulated by one extremely busy performer at 1:6 scale. With dolls.
DOLLS is a spectacle highlighting the absurdity of grand theatre at a 1:6 scale and the waning importance of the individual performer and artist in the context of institutional artistic success. It is also a takedown of the strangeness of other social norms, such as gender portrayal and religiosity, in traditional musical theatre forms.
DOLLS is, among other things, a comment on the unreal expectations placed on performers to do too much, and the extraordinary pressure of being expendable and poorly compensated in a business which, often due to funding requirements or expectations, fosters its own obsolescence with a dogmatic notion of tradition and value.
In PART TWO of the trilogy, the musicians involved in part one are summarily fired due to budget cuts, and apply for government assistance.
In PART THREE, a select few of these artists are given the opportunity to work in the theatre cafe for below minimum wage, under miserable conditions.