The legendary performing arts collective Baktruppen returns to Stamsund! Few, if any performing arts groups have ever caused more dispute and outrage, but also joy and amazement. Baktruppen has visited Stamsund frequently with their performances, often in collaboration with Stamsund Teaterfestival, but even before the festival existed they were here with their show “SuperPeer”.
Our most vivid memory perhaps is “Stamsundundersøkelsen”, where our little fishing village was gifted the beloved statue “Turisten”. Baktruppen planned to sink the statue into the ocean, but that was unacceptable to the local audience. And it was made almost impossible when Kjell Andberg Stenhaug and several local kids chained themselves to the statue. So Baktruppen wisely surrendered to the local forces and agreed to put the statue up on the hill in front of the hotel, where he has been watching over Rokkvika and the harbour ever since.
“Turisten” and the project that gave birth to him, have been the source of many discussions and arguments in the art world, but for us, here in Stamsund, he has become a part of our culture and community — he is one of us. We have taken good care of him, but unfortunately, during the winter storm of 2019 he was knocked down. When spring came, we held a proper memorial with speeches, music and flowers.
Now, for the first time in 9 years, Baktruppen are gathering the troops and once again “Turisten” will be the centre of attention. As usual we can expect a big surprise.
Baktruppen was one of the most successful companies in the Nordic countries, established in Bergen 1986 and disbanded in 2011. After their international breakthrough which is considered to be their version of Heiner Muller’s “Germania Tod in Berlin” in 1989, they were sought after all over the world.