Renny and I have often talked about how we experience the world differently. Each person has his or her own individual lens through which we perceive our world. Renny is very facts and figures, history and cultural relevance – while I am feelings and experience, sensuous, sensitive and creative. “Viva la differance”I say, we balance eachother out in a unique way. Just for fun I am publishing my impressions of the Norwegian Opera House. This is from the same Saturday morning date as his post, but through my lens 🙂 All photos taken with MY Nokia mobilephone!
Renny and I agreed to take our Saturday date to the Opera house together, neither of us went before the other so that we could experience this exquisite work of art together. The new building to me is an image of Norway. Nothing in Norway is flat and ordinary, Norway is a country of dramatic landscapes, high mountains, deep valleys and wild nature. The building itself is a reminiscent of snow and mountains, the windows like a crevice in a glacier, you wonder what is down there in that crevice and peek in to see a whole new world! Beautiful oakwork reflecting Norways massive forests. An elegent wave of oak wraps around the main lobby and continues into the stage area itself. On the outside you meet the sea reaching up to embrace its icy beauty and the sun reflecting on its gleaming white surface.
The inside is minimalistic, the woodwork immediately catches the eye, but you soon move your gaze to the simple but lovely details. Classic styling meets AdvantGuard. Tremendous walls of windows give the entrance hall a feeling of light and space in the daytime and a view of the midnight sky and shimmering lights of a passing ship at night. Somehow when walking on the marble roof, as it is designed for, I had both a feeling of awe at this immense sculpture of a building, and a feeling of that it was fragile somehow. For one wild second I had to the urge to chase all the sightseers off the roof, to protect it, don’t get it dirty, don’t harm this beautiful work – however in reality the marble stone is older then I am and probably will survive till long after I am gone from this earth.
Beyond the sheer beauty of the building is the excitement and magic it holds inside. The lights, the stages, voices, dance, life, movement, creativity and music to give me goosbumps, or bring tears to my eyes. To enter this magical icemountain and escape to another place in time…dressed up in my finest clothes, on the arm of my handsome man, sipping a glass of wine in the intermission and traveling together to magical places I have never been in the land of long long ago and far far away.
The Opera house is where dreams and reality meet, where hard work, sweat, hours of rehearsals and planning meet art – the art of the theater – something beyond reality, beyond dreams. A dream that can be shared and experienced together. It is indeed a worthy monument!!
Now stop by RennyBA’s Terella if you haven’t already been there and see his wonderful pictures and historical information about the same magical place!!