The Art of Being Tamed – 2011
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The Art of Being Tamed – 2011

About This Project

“K: It’s like when you suddenly come to that kind of open spaces, where there are no trees. It’s just suddenly open. Then you go in there, and then you forget everything. Then you go on to find a new open space, and then you find a new open space, and then you go on and on, and you don’t think, and then you … or you can pick flowers. This is in fact the truth. This can happen when you’re a child. It suddenly appears a field of flowers, and then there is the sun, and then you forget the time. Then the legs become roots, and then you will be a tree that sways in the wind.”


When “Adam and Eve” was banished from the garden, they also left their place in the nature.

Could it be that we have always longed to return, and that longing reflects our

basic sense of loneliness?


In our culture the ideal has been rationality and reason. The beast has been a symbol of the wild and evil that must be controlled and tamed, like the irrational forces in man that threaten our understanding of the world and ourselves.


On her way into the forest Red Riding Hood is instructed to follow the right path, and not to fall for the temptation to go outside. She is driven out in the wilderness and ends up being eaten.


An important inspiration for “The Art of Being Tamed” has been the term “hunter insensitivity”.


In the book “The lonely monkey” (Bergljot Børresen, 1997) Børresen launches a theory about “hunter insensitivity”. She claims that it appears when the hunting instinct is in action, and that it is applied to all those who have animal feed on their menu. This instinct acts as a switch that turns off the empathy with the prey.


“Nobody has understood that when man considers himself most rational and unaffected by emotions he is effectively excluded from large parts of the reality, the strange subdued and a little distant, but intellectually effective mood that instinct triggers, has become a kind of ideal.”

Boya Bøckman won The Hedda Award 2012 in the category for best visual design for The Art Of Being Tamed by De Utvalgte.

Heddajury gave the following description:

“The scenography is today often the most exciting part of many productions, and whether the visual takes a minimalistic or maximalistic form, the visuals add a unique and exciting dimension to the performance. At times the year’s winner successfully subordinates his special endowment to an overarching scenographic project. But the winner received the prize for having created a staggering beautiful three-dimensional universe that complements and embodies a text which is bot simple and enigmatic. A rich and complex imagery allows for infinite variety of associations.


“The award for best visual design goes to Boya Bøckman for his brilliant theatrical video and lighting design for The Art Of Being Tamed at the Black Box Theatre.”




– Terrifying beautiful! De Utvalgte once again show that they have a distinctive voice and vision, they represent the important alternative theater. The Art of Beeing Tamed is a meditation on topics that the rational consciousness only has limited access to.
Andreas Wiese

– This is original performing arts at the highest level.
Idalou Larsen


A COLLECTION OF REVIEWS (currently in Norwegian): Kritikker Kunsten å bli tam
TECHNICAL RIDER: The Art of Being Tamed

Directed by

Kari Holtan

Video/lighting design

Boya Bøckman


Anne Holtan


Maya Liu Bøckman


Carle Lange

Costume designer

Gjøril Bjercke Sæther

Sound designer

Merete Mongstad


Jon Platou Selvig


Kari Onstad
Randi Rommetveit
Torbjørn Davidsen
Pelle Ask


De Utvalgte
Kari Onstad
Randi Rommetveit


Herz aus Glas (Werner Herzog)
Twin Peaks (David Lynch)


Black Box Teater
Comédie de Caen
BIT Teatergarasjen


The Hedda Award, 2012
to Boya Bøckman for best visual design
The Critics Prize, 2012

Founded by

The Norwegian Arts Council