... a complete performance, strong, moving, important and almost completely unparalleled in Norwegian theater. I do not hesitate to say: It should be mandatory for all students in high school. We do neither have the time or can afford not to.
Mehlum immerse herself in every movement with a rare nuance imitation. The text is both narrative and lecturing, but Mehlum use her signs not just talking about the people, but also bringing life to them. One moment she is the brutal doctor and nationalist, Josef Mengele, in the next she is a regretful and desperate Gertrud. Even for those who doesn’t know sign language, the words sometimes become redundant.
It's a little weird attending a theatre performance created and intended for a deaf audience, and then walking out of the theater and think that this show should be shown to all students in high school throughout Norway. That’s how good this performance is. And so effective is the way this sign language theater communicates both history, knowledge and not to mention emotions.
The amount of facts presented is massive, but through the clarity of the long lines, "Crying hands" are also easy to grasp.
Voice actor Kjersti Fjeldstad's deep rich voice reproduces the text as if she simultaneously translates the character in an exploratory shocked tone, matched by the expressions in Eitan Zuckermann's seriously insistent face. The sign language actors Mehlum and Jacobsen use their faces and bodies with greater vividness: they represent the human beings not just to the two example people, but also to the many others ...
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06.03 Aftenposten (Review Online) 5 Stars
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